Blue Jeans Network
HQ: Mountain View, Calif.
CEO: Krish Ramakrishnan
New Funding: $25 million
Backers: Accel Partners, New Enterprise Associates, Norwest Venture Partners
A hot startup among video solution providers, Blue Jeans Network offers a cloud-based meeting room service in which users can host, schedule and manage their own conferences via a Web interface. The "wow" factor is Blue Jeans' ability to bridge different video and audio protocols, meaning easy conferencing between high-end Cisco or Polycom video systems, for example, with consumer-grade services such as Skype or Google Talk, or an audio caller using the PSTN.