The story of how two entrepreneurs saw the future of wireless and jumped in.
Way, way back–about 10 years ago–wireless wasn’t much of a topic of conversation. But for two entrepreneurs, it was certainly worthy of discussion, and led to the founding of Dallas-based JP Mobile. CEO Dayakar Puskoor chats about getting started, and the rush of wireless.
How did JP Mobile get started?
In the early ’90s, I was working with Motorola and Ananth Rao, JP Mobile’s co-founder, was with Nortel. We were both heavily involved in wireless technology, both shared a passion for this technology, and both were convinced that the market for enterprise wireless data solutions was going to be huge. After several months of intense brainstorming, Ananth and I put together a business plan, rounded up some seed funding and formed JP Mobile. That was in 1995, which, if you think about it, makes us a dinosaur in the wireless data category, particularly if you consider all of the start-ups that have jumped on the bandwagon in the last few years.
We are extremely proud of the fact that JP Mobile is a true pioneer in this space. We were the first to wirelessly enable a Palm PDA; the first to successfully develop and market enterprise mobility solutions (BeamLink, One-Touch Mail, InfoBeam); the first to anticipate the need and develop a platform for supporting multiple devices via SynchML; and, most recently, the first to offer a fully integrated on-device security and wireless e-mail solution that supports all platforms, devices, and networks.
What got you personally interested in doing this work?
I’m a technologist at heart. Being the first to wirelessly enable a PDA was a tremendous rush, and a clear indication of the enormous potential of enterprise wireless data. I thrive on being at the forefront of a rapidly emerging industry. That passion to be out front, to be the first to market with real-world, business-meaningful solutions is a strong part of our company culture. Working in this industry can be grueling. The competition is fierce, and you’re always operating at full throttle, but that’s also what makes it interesting, challenging, exhilarating.
Why do you feel there’s a need for what you provide?
The benefits of enterprise mobility are clear-cut and compelling. Increased productivity, shortened sales cycles, real-time responsiveness, improved customer service, and streamlined, enterprise-wide collaboration top the list. These benefits are not based on pie-in-the-sky predictions. They are being realized today by a growing number of professionals who are incorporating their personal wireless devices into their professional, day-to-day lives. Make no mistake about it, anytime, anywhere access to corporate data is not a luxury for today’s business professionals. It is a must-have capability. JP Mobile’s mission is to provide solutions that satisfy this very real and very immediate need.
What kind of challenges does your company face?
As I mentioned earlier, competition and the incredibly fast pace at which this industry moves are always a challenge. But more immediate challenges include eliminating some of the obstacles hindering the widespread adoption of wireless e-mail. To be sure, this market is taking off. But as far as we’re concerned, it’s not taking off as fast as it should or, better stated, could.
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