A new beginning or the end of an era?
On April 16, 2020, the news broke – Verizon Business (VB) entered into a definitive agreement to acquire California-based BlueJeans Network (BJN). As we’ve said before, there’s rarely a dull moment in the collaboration world.
First some background details.
BlueJeans was founded in November 2009 by Krish Ramakrishnan (current Executive Chairman & Chief Innovator / Strategist) and Alagu Periyann (current CTO). In 2017, the company hired industry veteran Quentin Gallivan to take over the role of CEO previously held by co-founder Ramakrishnan.
Early on, BlueJeans’ primary focus was interoperability, at that time between standards-based video systems and Skype (not Skype for Business or Teams, but consumer Skype) video callers. Over time, the BlueJeans Meetings offering has evolved into a reliable, feature-rich, and well performing cloud-based video conferencing platform.
Overall, we give this deal a thumbs-up. And we offer our congratulations to Krish, Alegu, Quentin, and the rest of the BJN team for a battle well fought.