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Fueled by Innovation. Led by Experience.

The number of devices connected to the mobile internet is expected to grow from 6 billion today to an estimated 40+ billion by 2020, according to ABI Research. In order to meet the resulting growth in data demand, Mobile Network Operators will need transport solutions that are dynamic, agile, adaptable and scalable.

BLiNQ is the leader in software defined transport solutions that allow MNO’s to plan, deploy, scale and manage heterogenous networks at the lowest cost per megabit.

Find out more about BLiNQ’s innovative products

FAST FACTS

FOUNDED 2010

BLiNQ was founded in June 2010 after the acquisition of IP and wireless assets from Nortel Networks.

HEADQUARTERS

Based in Ottawa, Ontario (Canada) and Plano, Texas (USA).

OWNERSHIP

Privately held. Venture backed by; Summerhill Venture Partners, New Venture Partners, BDC Venture Capital, WIN and Kensington Capital Partners.

MARKETS

Wireless operators in Europe, North America and Asia Pacific

LEADERSHIP TEAM

Backed by seasoned executives with experience in deploying wireless networks globally. 

Carleton (Mickey) Miller – Co-Founder, President and CEO

Mickey Miller has over twenty years of experience in creating and building growth businesses in the communications industry. Prior to co-founding BLiNQ, he was President, Wireless Network Solutions Group of Andrew Corporation. During his tenure, Andrew Corporation sales grew from $1 billion to $2.2 billion culminating in the sale of the company for $2.6 billion. Prior to Andrew, Mickey was Vice President and General Manager at Tyco Electronics where he led the Power Systems Division for four years after being a part of the executive team that sold Lucent Power Systems to Tyco for $2.5 billion.  Prior to Lucent Technologies, he held various leadership roles for General Signal and AT&T Microelectronics. He holds an MBA in finance and marketing from Rockhurst College, completed the Corporate Finance Program at the London Business School, and holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from the University of Missouri.

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Brian McCormack – Vice President, Sales

Brian has 30 plus years of experience building and developing global sales teams and key customer relationships in the telecommunications industry. From 2003 to 2011 Brian served as VP, Worldwide Sales at DragonWave where he contributed to the significant growth of the Company resulting in a successful NASDAQ  listing in 2009. Prior to DragonWave, Brian served as Global VP of Sales at Avici Systems (NASDAQ listing in 2001) and Teem Photonics.  Before entering the start-up sector he held VP of Sales roles at Nortel, DSC and Alcatel. Brian graduated from St. Anselm College, Manchester, N.H. with a BA in Philosophy.

Jim Dickerman – Vice President, Engineering

Jim has significant experience as a Technical leader spanning over thirty years at several companies in the wireless infrastructure and computer networking fields.  He has substantial startup experience including IPOs on AIM and TSX at Redline and a company sale of WinNet MCS to ECI Telecom.  He has a BS Computer Engineering degree from Case Institute of Technology, MSEE from Stanford University and an MBA from Santa Clara University.

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Chris Zappala – Vice President, Business Development

Chris has over 24 years of experience in management, research, design and development of sophisticated RF electronics related to 2G, 3G and 4G digital cellular communications systems and military radar systems.  He comes from Andrew Wireless Solutions, a Commscope Company, where he headed R&D for the Base Station Subsystems Group. In this role, Chris was responsible for customer proposals and interfacing, product architecture, design and development, applications engineering, customer documentation, and test engineering regarding high-power, multi-carrier amplifier systems for operators and integrated transceiver and remote radio products for OEM’s.  Chris was also a founding member of Celiant Corporation, a start-up spun out of Lucent in 2002.  Chris has held engineering management and leadership positions at Lucent Technologies, Watkins-Johnson, Metratek and Westinghouse Defense & Electronics. Chris holds 13 U.S. patents related to wireless communications systems including base station radio systems and architectures, wideband radios, antenna systems, and power amplifier linearization. He holds a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering from Lafayette College, Easton, PA and a Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering with concentration in Microwave & RF from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD.

Radu Selea – Chief Technology Officer

Radu has over 18 years of experience with startup companies in the OFDM wireless space. He is a co-founder of Hefaistos Inc. and Redline Communications (TSX Listed RDL) where he was CTO & VP of Engineering. At Redline, he developed strategies and lead the product development for a line of wireless OFDM/OFDMA access and backhaul solutions, including the first worldwide WiMAX certified base station and subscriber unit that created the foundation for Redline’s IPO. Throughout his career, Radu worked with IEEE and the WiMAX Forum and was instrumental in establishing global standards for wireless technologies. He holds a Masters degree in Automation and Computer Science (Honors) from the University of Craiova, Romania.

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Blair Geddes – Chief Financial Officer

Blair Geddes has over twenty years of experience as CFO, senior finance executive and board member at private and public technology and defence companies in Canada and the U.S. Prior to joining BLiNQ, Blair founded Streamline Strategic Finance Inc., a corporate finance advisory service. He also served as CFO for Med-Eng Systems (sold for $622 million), ActivCard (NASDAQ), Ericsson Network Access, ACC (sold for $300 million) and held various senior finance roles at Newbridge Networks. He served on the Special Committees of the boards of Mxi Technologies and DNA-Genotek, directing their sale processes. Blair is a CPA,CA and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Brock University, St. Catharines.  Mr. Geddes served on the Emerging Issues Committee of the CICA.

Board of Directors

Nazim Alani – Director
Venture Partner, BDC 

Joe Catalfamo – Director
Partner, Summerhill Ventures

Ralph E. Faison – Executive Chairman of the Board
Former CEO of Pulse Electronics

Andrew Garman – Director
Managing Partner, New Ventures Partners

Carleton (Mickey) Miller – Director
CEO and Founder, BLiNQ Networks 

Read More About Our Board of Directors

Nazmin Alani – Company Director

Nazmin Alani joined BDC in 2004. He is current Director of OneChip Photonics, BLiNQ Networks, Seawell Networks, and Mobidia Networks. He sits as an observer at BTI Systems. Nazmin has 25 years of experience in the communications industry and has worked with incumbent and new service providers involved in wireline, wireless and satellite communications. His work experience includes assignments in Canada, the U.S., Mexico, Argentina, Asia, and Australia. Nazmin holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc) in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo, Ontario and an MBA from the University of Ottawa, Ontario. He also completed the Executive Telecommunications Program at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina and the Entrepreneurship program at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Joe Catalfamo – Company Director

Joe brings over 19 years of venture capital investing and a wealth of experience in the areas of business planning, financings, negotiations, IPOs and acquisitions. His diverse and extensive experience allows him to play an integral role in the structure, strategic direction, overall growth and business development of emerging companies. Joe currently represents Summerhill on the boards of Vantrix and Blinq. Previously he represented Summerhill on the boards of Radian6, Trust Digital and Third Brigade. For 14 years prior to joining Summerhill Venture Partners in June 2004, Joe served as EVP, CFO and Director of Whitecastle Investments, a leading Canadian private investment company, and Managing Director of its venture practice, Whitecap Venture Partners. As one of the venture practice founders, Joe was instrumental in shaping the vision and investment strategy of Whitecap. He was a core element of the senior team that brought a number of high-grossing investments to fruition. Joe’s past successes include investments in Radian6 (Acquired by Salesforce, NASDAQ: CRM), Third Brigade (acquired by Trend Micro, NASDAQ: TMIS), Trust Digital (acquired by McAfee Inc, NYSE: MFE), Broadband Networks Inc. (acquired by Nortel, NYSE: NT), Positron Fiber Systems (NASDAQ IPO and acquired by RELTEC, NYSE: RLT), Loran International Technologies (acquired by Peregrine Systems, NASDAQ: PRGN), Electrophotonics (acquired by ETEC, NASDAQ: ETEC), PC Docs Group International (NASDAQ IPO, and acquired by Hummingbird, TSE: HUM & NASDAQ: HUMC) and ImagicTV (NASDAQ IPO, and acquired by ALCATEL, NYSE: ALA). Joe began his professional career with KPMG, where he held various senior positions in both Canada and the U.K. Joe is a Gold Medal graduate from the University of Waterloo’s Master of Accounting program (1986). Joe holds Chartered Accountant and Certified Management Accountant designations in Canada.

Ralph E. Faison – Executive Chairman of the Board

Ralph is former CEO of Pulse Electronics and Chairman of the Board at BLiNQ Networks. He was president, chief executive officer and a director of Andrew Corporation, a publicly traded manufacturer of communication equipment and systems, which was acquired by CommScope, Inc. in December 2007. Prior to joining Andrew Corporation, he was president and chief executive officer of Celiant Corporation, a manufacturer of power amplifiers and wireless radio frequency systems, which was acquired by Andrew Corporation in June 2002. From 1995 to 2001, he held leadership roles at Lucent Technologies, including vice president of Lucent’s New Ventures Group. Before joining Lucent, Mr. Faison held various leadership positions at AT&T, including vice president and general manager of AT&T’s wireless business unit and vice president of manufacturing for AT&T’s consumer products unit in Bangkok, Thailand. Faison is a current member of the board of directors of NETGEAR, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTGR).  He holds a B.B.A. degree in marketing from Georgia State University and an M.S. degree in management as a Sloan Fellow from Stanford University.

Andrew Garman – Company Director

Andy is Managing Partner at New Ventures Partners, an early stage venture capital firm with over $700M under management, focused on technology spinouts from corporations and major institutional labs. Previously he was a Vice President at Lucent Technologies, charged with developing ventures from Bell Labs; the Managing Director of BT Ventures at Bankers Trust Company, where he managed a portfolio of internally generated spin-outs in information technology; and Vice President of Strategy and Business Development for Xerox New Enterprise Group, commercializing the technology of Xerox, including that of the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC). Andy has served on the boards of companies in the U.S. such as Vallent Corp. (acquired by IBM), Celiant Corporation (acquired by Andrew Corporation), Lucent Public Safety Systems (acquired by Intrado), Placeware (acquired by Microsoft), InXight Software, Inc. (acquired by Business Objects), SiPort (acquired by Intel), Amati Communications Corp. (acquired by Texas Instruments), dpiX Inc., AcuPrint Inc., Document Forum (acquired by TheLaw.com), Chrystal Software (now Astoria) and iBiquity Digital Corporation (as an observer); in the U.K. including Azure Solutions Ltd. (acquired by Subex), Psytechnics Ltd. (acquired by NetScout), and Vidus Ltd. (acquired by @Road); and in India: Subex Limited (SUBEX.NS). He currently serves on the boards of Novinda, ICRtec, BrisMat, and BLiNQ Networks Inc. Andy holds an AB in Engineering and Applied Physics from Harvard College, an MS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University, and an MBA from Stanford University, where he was named an Arjay Miller Scholar. He is a member of the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Dean & Advisory Board, the U.S. Council of Competitiveness, and a past president of the Stanford Business School Alumni Association and member of its Dean Board of Advisors.

Carleton (Mickey) Miller – Company Director

Mickey Miller has over twenty years of experience in creating and building growth businesses in the communications industry. Prior to co-founding BLiNQ, he was President, Wireless Network Solutions Group of Andrew Corporation. During his tenure, Andrew Corporation sales grew from $1 billion to $2.2 billion culminating in the sale of the company for $2.6 billion. Prior to Andrew, Mickey was Vice President and General Manager at Tyco Electronics where he led the Power Systems Division for four years after being a part of the executive team that sold Lucent Power Systems to Tyco for $2.5 billion.  Prior to Lucent Technologies, he held various leadership roles for General Signal and AT&T Microelectronics. He holds an MBA in finance and marketing from Rockhurst College, completed the Corporate Finance Program at the London Business School, and holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from the University of Missouri.

INVESTORS

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New Venture Partners, the global venture capital firm dedicated to corporate technology spinouts, has over US$700 million under management. New Venture Partners provides a bridge between technology corporations and traditional venture capital. Through its unique, hands-on approach, the firm  offers a systematic process for commercializing innovations and provides an alternative path to market for corporate technologies. The New Venture Partners team has completed over 50 spinouts from the R&D labs and business units of global technology corporations including Lucent/Bell Labs, British Telecom, Nortel, Philips Electronics, Agere, Boeing, Freescale Semiconductor, Intel, Telstra, and others, and has become the benchmark for corporate spinout venturing.

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Summerhill Venture Partners is an early stage venture capital firm focused on select areas within the wireless, digital media, and information technology sectors. We are currently managing a US$175 million fund from our offices in Boston and Toronto. Our management team has a successful track record dating back to 1993 of investing in and helping our entrepreneurs turn innovative ideas into world class companies.

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BDC Venture Capital has been involved in venture capital since 1975 and is a major venture capital investor in Canada. Active at every stage of the company’s development cycle, from seed through expansion, BDC Venture Capital focuses on technology-based businesses that have high growth potential and that are positioned to become dominant players in their markets. To date, it has invested in more than 400 companies with investments totaling over $1.2 billion in the life sciences, telecommunications, information and advanced technology sectors, as well as commitments of $253 million in 19 funds.

Kensington

Kensington Capital Partners is a Toronto based investment firm in the business of wealth creation, providing our investors with access to high quality alternative investments for over 17 years.

Kinsington’s innovative investment platform includes diversified funds focused on private equity and venture capital, hedge funds and infrastructure. Kensington also supports investors and private corporate clients with a full suite of financial and strategic business advisory services.

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