20 Odd Tech Startup Names And The Real Stories Behind Them


Ravello Systems

CEO: Rami Tamir

Headquarters: Palo Alto, Calif., and Ra'anana, Israel

Sometimes, startups get their names in simple ways, and Ravello Systems is a good example.

Ravello Systems, whose founders created the KVM open source hypervisor, got its name when Benny Schnaider, its president and co-founder (pictured), was on vacation in Italy.

"He was inspired by the beauty of the Amalfi coast, particularly the town of Ravello in southern Italy," a spokesperson told CRN.