Mark Spencer Honored

Congratulations to Mark Spencer for being part of the 30 under 30 coolest entrepreneurs list! Many credit this article by me for bringing open source telephony into the mainstream. I humbly accept this praise as I knew Asterisk would be huge from the moment I learned about it. Now there is an entire ecosystem being built around this platform. Congratulations to Mark on this well-deserved honor.

—– Names Mark Spencer of Digium to Its ”30 Under 30: America’s Coolest Young Entrepreneurs” Feature

HUNTSVILLE, Ala.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–July 10, 2006–Digium(R), creator of Asterisk(TM) and pioneer of open source telephony, today announced that Mark Spencer, president of Digium, has been named to’s "30 Under 30: America’s Coolest Young Entrepreneurs".

Inc. selected the top 30 entrepreneurs based on their proven ability to run a successful company, manage a company with a novel approach, create a successful or innovative product, and/or otherwise demonstrate their innovative idea in the world of entrepreneurship. Inc.’s article can be found at

"I am honored to be included in Inc.’s 30 under 30," said Mark Spencer, president of Digium and creator of Asterisk. "Work has become quite a passion for me and it is very rewarding to receive such recognition."

"Like many of the successful young entrepreneurs on our list, Mark didn’t just excel within an industry – he’s helping to shape a new one," said Senior Editor Rod Kurtz. "Technology has transformed the American economy, and it’s idea people like Mark who are leading the charge."

Mark Spencer created Asterisk, the industry’s first open source PBX, while still a Computer Engineering student at Auburn University. When faced with the high cost of buying a PBX for his company, Linux Support Services, Mark simply used his Linux PC and knowledge of C code to write his own. This was the beginning of the world-wide Asterisk phenomenon, and caused Mark to shift his business focus from Linux support to supporting Asterisk and opening up the telecom market. Linux Support Services is now known as Digium, and is bringing open source to the enterprise market while gaining a foothold in the telecom industry.

In addition to Inc. Magazine’s recognition, VoIP Magazine listed Digium as one of the top 20 companies to watch in 2006 and Network World named Mark Spencer as one of the "50 Most Powerful People in Networking".

About Digium
Digium is the original creator and primary developer of Asterisk, the industry’s first open source PBX and Asterisk Business Edition, the professional-grade version of Asterisk. Used in combination with Digium’s PCI telephony interface cards, Asterisk offers a strategic, highly cost-effective approach to voice and data transport over IP, TDM, switched and Ethernet architectures.

Digium provides quality hardware and software products that enable telephony applications including legacy PBX, IVR, auto attendant, next generation gateways, media servers and application servers. Digium also offers a full range of professional services including consulting, technical support and custom software development services. Additional information can be found at

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