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Andy Abramson
Interests: travel, wine, friends, blues, tech, music-jazz, dining, rock.
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My fellow San Diego pal in VoIP Andy Voss, founder and CEO of what was really the first Linux based Session Border Controller (SBC) company, seems to be on a roll that seems to equate with customer success. The role, is being the SBC to companies which seem to get bought, something I'm somewhat familiar with also as pal Alec Saunders once pointed out five years ago (the number is now 39.) Let's look at some recent history where a Sansay powered company has been acquired: Sansay customer M5 acquired by Shoretel, now branded as Shoretel Sky. Sansay customer Simple... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2015 at VoIPWatch
The Comunicano Daily Today's a run and gun day. Already had morning meetings, errands, walked the hills of Lisbon, had an amazing burger and am now into the "second" day. That's what's great about the concept of a WorkCation. That's where you can blend the idea of working someplace that some would want to be vacationing. I'll be writing more on that concept soon. Now into the news. T-Mobile is defying everyone, adding more customers and growing handset subscribers. The defections are coming from all other carriers, but the big war is at the bottom with Sprint and the pre-paid... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2015 at VoIPWatch
The Comunicano Daily My co-founder, along with Josh Baylin, in VelocityGrowth, Jeff Belk was one of the key executives who put Qualcomm on the map. There Jeff, who rose to CMO and CSO, instilled a marketing culture amongst a group of inventors, IP attorneys and engineers. Jeff retired from Qualcomm eight years or so ago, but he remains close to many there. His perspective, as someone close to everyone from Paul Jacobs on down provides him the unique insight to author this piece on the recent news and explain why it may be the best thing to happen to San... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2015 at VoIPWatch
The Comunicano Daily It's the end of July and looking at the news last week surrounding Apple and Wall Street and one could think that the investors are just being greedy. What we're seeing is why guidance, the method of providing where a company expects to be at the end of the accounting work for the quarter, and how the analysts interpret that is much like the sports oddsmakers predicting who will win the SuperBowl. And, when Apple outperforms on revenue but says that sales of iPhones will slow down, the company gets dinged after turning a massive profit. What... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2015 at VoIPWatch
The Comunicano Daily Amazon is hot and turned a profit but the real story is how they are growing in their cloud business and at getting people to buy into their Prime service. Why investors suddenly want a piece of Amazon Amazon's stock just skyrocketed 18 percent in after-hours trading. Here are three reasons why investors are happy right now: Amazon surpassed analyst expectations by a landslide. The company was expected to generate losses per share of $0.14 - it instead delivered earnings of $0.19 per share. That's huge. [continue...] If you are wondering why the venture market is so... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2015 at VoIPWatch
The Comunicano Daily Personal note Today I honor my late father, USMC Master Sergeant Bernard Abramson, retired. Dad served in WWII and the Korean Conflict. During World War Two he was based in Guam and staged the Marines who captured Iwo Jima and planted the US flag there. As he once said to me, I sent a lot of people away who never came home. He would have been 102 as he was born in 1913 and was a pre-recession baby. The first in his family and the first to pass away now 24 years ago in 1991. Dad taught... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2015 at VoIPWatch
Let's face it. Ever since the smartphone has come along, other than a very few frequently called numbers, we all tend to use the contact directory more than dialing. In our cars we often use speech activated calling, basically making the phone number less relevant. If I know your name, I can call you. It's that simple. But with the rise of Skype, FaceBook, WhatsApp and Viber as the calling mode, who even needs to know the number let alone have one. Today i had a call with a close colleague who happens to be attending meetings in Shenzhen, China.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2015 at VoIPWatch
The Comunicano Daily The rain and humidity in San Diego wasn't the only thing causing the locals to be irritable. Employment giant, sponsor of the football stadium and pretty much the heart of the county's economy, Qualcomm announced there are going to be changes. I am not surprised as the writing has been on the wall since Paul Jacobs moved out, or was moved out of the CEO role about two years ago. The company has been in transition, laying off people in San Diego, offering exit packages to some senior folks, and then hiring on people elsewhere, where costs... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2015 at VoIPWatch
View in web browser The Comunicano Daily Hello from Lisbon where the temperature is 84 degrees/29 degrees Celsius and sunny. The weekend was one of those "catch up" weekends flying back from London Gatwick to here, finding the apartment A/C was off but getting it to work as the breaker had blown, and having to contact the owner vs. calling the front desk is an example of the difference between AirBnB and a hotel. The net result was the same. It was fixed, but that's why planning where you stay when using AirBnB is so important, and establishing up front,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2015 at VoIPWatch
The Comunicano Daily Yesterday was a day in motion. Meeting with clients as early as 830 AM in Paris. Getting packed, and out of my hotel, over to lunch to catch up with uber Wine Bar and Restauranteur Mark Williamson of Willi's and Maceo fame, then literally a mad dash to Gare du Nord to catch the 1423 (243 PM) Eurostar to London so I could be back on west coast calls starting at 9 AM there and 5 PM here in London for what I call my second day of the day, a fast Indian dinner in London at... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2015 at VoIPWatch
The Comunicano Daily Today is one of those two city/two country/two train days for me. I feel like I'm back in Philadelphia where I started my day there and finished there after a day trip to New York City. Today I head to Brussels for a meeting on the Thalys train, which will zip along at 300 km/hr and has Wi-Fi that I can put to the test. As for the news, on the topic of speed and the Internet, Comcast has announced their high speed, high priced 2 gigabit service. It comes with a lot of catches so it... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2015 at VoIPWatch
The Comunicano Daily There is no question that technology is changing civilization, life and the law as we know it. All one has to do is realize that services like AirBnB back when they were just BnB's were tolerated and operated under the radar of most regulatory bodies and hotelier rarely were concerned. In New York "gypsy" cabs operated, and when there was something wrong, someone would do something about it, but they pre-dated Uber, and in many other cities there were networks of drivers who worked for cash taking late night partiers home safely, all without cab/hack licenses. What... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2015 at VoIPWatch
The Comunicano Daily The VC world is on a authoring trend this week around content, the story and the deck. To me, this is all one big world and further underscores the concept that Bill Ryan is espousing around the brand narrative. As someone who thinks more like an ad guy mashed up with an ambush marketer and publicity pro (everyone knows I hate the term PR guy) the whole idea of content being king is nothing new here. But it's nice to see content now getting its day inside the sacred halls of Venture Capital firms... Why Is Every... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2015 at VoIPWatch
The Comunicano Daily Business Rockstar host Ken Rutkowski dubbed Comunicano's Senior Strategist, Bill Ryan, "The Master of the Message" and I often refer to Bill as "Senor Story" as Bill has refined the art of the story with his 20 plus year deployment of "The Architecture of Identity" to a razor sharp focus around what today is known as the Brand Narrative. That's how "the story" can be told and retold by others as if you told it yourself over a variety of mediums. But it doesn't start or end with "the deck." To us, there's the "deck" which is... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2015 at VoIPWatch
The Comunicano Daily It's always fun to watch the moves in big business. A few years ago Microsoft acquired Nokia, largely to help them with their hardware business. At that time, Nokia then was also partnered with Siemens to form NSN on the infrastructure side of the house. Now NSN is all owned by Nokia, and the handset division is owned by Microsoft. But as our first story tells us, that's coming to an end or sure looks that way. Major Job Cuts Expected at Microsoft Microsoft plans to announce a major new round of layoffs as early as Wednesday,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2015 at VoIPWatch
Wine Bar Do Castelo R. Bartolomeu de Gusmão 11/13, 1100-000 Lisboa I am the first to admit that every since my first wine bar experience at Willi’s Wine Bar in Paris, my fascination with wine bars has been forever altered for the better. Years back in New York City there was this awesome wine bar down on Spring Street that offered wines by the glass and a placemat to take notes on, complete with crayons. Long gone now, it was a favorite of mine and some dear friends who loved to tip a glass or two. Visiting Wine Bar Do... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2015 at WINESCENE
Running in 4G/LTE and being a big "latch on" user of Wi-Fi as I wander around Europe, and for the next while, Lisbon has me staying in touch more and more by voice vs. email and text messaging with friends far and wide. Depending on the person, some still use their mobile number, but more and more of my travel buddies, those other nomadic types I know from Australia and the UK are far more reachable using other means. For starters I'm finding some like Viber while others like WhatsApp. Still others are massive users of FaceTime, and a few... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2015 at VoIPWatch
Here in Europe, other than Norwegian Air, Wi-Fi on flights is a missing link to my travel. It seems according to the recent Skift report, others feel in-flight connectivity is important too. Let's face it, I love to fly on Wi-Fi equipped planes in the USA because it keeps me "connected" and when I get off the plane my inbox isn't jammed, and I know more of what is going on around me where I land. That's why, when Virgin America first launched their service with Wi-Fi on every plane I pretty much stopped flying Southwest where I was an... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2015 at VoIPWatch
Over the past five weeks I've gone from living in beach community of Solana Beach, just outside of San Diego, to go on a quest to be a truly global nomad, working from anywhere and functioning, time zones aside, as if I was still there. This working elsewhere mode includes traveling through nine airports in seven countries and staying in 12 different "residences" or hotels, including three AirBnBs, two winery hotels, and seven traditional hotels. I can safely say that with planning and research, it's not hard to be working anywhere, but having experience sure helps. By experience, I mean... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2015 at VoIPWatch
Maybe it's me, but when I first heard the rumor of T-Mobile and Comcast getting together I had to look sideways and wonder how short the memories are of the reporters and editors who were quick to toss Comcast into the ring. Today, we're seeing Comcast do what they have to do. Stand down and stay away. And the why is Verizon and the sale of spectrum back in 2011, and with it, some rights and responsibilities tied to the sale that they and the other cable operators all agreed to as CNN's Money reported back in 2011. Beyond the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2015 at VoIPWatch
Often times we book flights on airlines that sell tickets under code share agreements with other airlines. Case in point my first of three "Lufthansa" flights to Prague at the start of the trip back in May was on United to Houston, while my two continuation flights were on Lufthansa. Check in on either airline, using the passenger name record (PNR) or what we usually refer to as our record locator, didn't work, and what's more, after some digging around and a call to Lufthansa it was discovered that there actually was a different PNR for the United leg of... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2015 at VoIPWatch
If all goes as planned, the acquisition of Time Warner Cable by Charter Communications will bring with it the usual cable industry merger side affect. Cable swaps. Cable swaps occur whenever one company merges with another and there are pieces and parts that just don't fit. A perfect example is in my area of San Diego County where remnants of the old Daniels, then Adelphia Cable ended up with Time Warner, even though they are surrounded by Cox Communications. Cox, which has coverage from the Mexican border north finds parts of San Diego in the hands of TWC. Then Cox... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2015 at VoIPWatch
Verizon is in the final throes of acquiring the modern day AOL. And while Google, and likely a few others are in the wings, unless something last minute happens AOL for the second time will be acquired by a legacy company from the old school era who is looking to move fully into the digital realm. Unlike Time-Warner, we all have to believe that this time around the leadership of the acquiring company won't stick their paws into the more modern company like Time Warner did, where their own agendas like rolling out phone service on Time Warner Cable led... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2015 at VoIPWatch
Over the past few weeks Dell has been having a series of posts on their "PowerMore" blog site about the subjects of VoIP and Unified Communications. Today, a third appeared in which some of my thoughts are shared. But don't think Dell is doing this just because Voice and Unified Communications are topics of interest again. Dell is doing this because of two key relationships they have forged. One with Vonage which is what has led to both Telesphere and Simple Signal being acquired by Vonage, and the other with long time partner, Microsoft who is in the middle of... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2015 at VoIPWatch
San Francisco based Switch Communications today announced they raised $35 million dollars in a strategic Series C round, adding to their $18 million already raised previously. TechCrunch's Ryan Lawler has the news. Switch offers a cloud based telephony service aimed at businesses and enterprise customers and also supplies conference calling services under the UberConference brand. The round is viewed as strategic because a large percentage of the new money into the company is coming out of Asia, and in turn the partners who are putting money in, which includes SoftBank, are connected to the mobile operators in that part of... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2015 at VoIPWatch