I will have the distinct pleasure of participating on a keynote roundtable at the Red Herring Global 100 in San Diego on Friday, January 16 with folks from Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Greylock Partners, Allegis Capital, LLC, DivXNetworks, and Mountain Partners Group to discuss taking a company to IPO. This is a subject that I don’t shy away from and, for good reason: We can all learn from the experiences of others. When ShoreTel registered its IPO in July 2007 the economic climate was nothing like it is today. No doubt the state of the economy has left start-ups and VCs in an unprecedented situation. There’s a huge market transition, particularly in the area of communications, with large public companies – once stalwarts of the industry – falling prey not only to the recession but also their historical tendencies and technologies.

It will be interesting to see what my colleagues have to say. I look forward to hearing from others, as well as offering insight into my own experiences. If you happen to be at the event, please feel free to stop by and check out the panel from 11:30 – 12:15 p.m. PT or catch me before or after the session to introduce yourself.

John W. Combs


Digital transformation has become a top initiative for business and IT leaders. In today’s business world, sustainable market leadership is no longer based solely on which company has the best products or even the best people. Instead, organizations that are agile and can quickly adapt to rapidly evolving market trends will become market leaders.

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