The 10 Coolest Networking Startups Of 2013 (So Far)


Blue Jeans Network

CEO: Krish Ramakrishnan

2013 has been a busy year for videoconferencing startup Blue Jeans Network. In addition to rolling out the first major refresh of its cloud-based meeting room service, Blue Jeans 2.0, the Mountain View, Calif.-based company also celebrated its two-year anniversary and some of the stellar growth it's seen since its 2011 debut.

Blue Jeans' service stands apart from other videoconferencing platforms in that it's "built from the cloud up," as the company puts it, meaning it's consumed entirely as a hosted service, and can work across virtually any video or audio protocols. Users can host, schedule and manage their own videoconferences via an easy-to-navigate Web interface.

The concept, according to Blue Jeans, has taken off. The company told CRN this year that the run-rate of its service has gone from zero to roughly 65 million minutes a year since its launch in 2011.