Broadbus Technologies Inc. was founded in 2000 by serial entrepreneur and leading technologist Jeffrey Binder. The company was co-founded by Robert Scheffler, who is considered a leader in memory systems design and the Chief Architect of the company. As President and CEO, Binder and his team set out raise capital in one of the toughest markets since the Great Depression, the tech bust of 2001. After some 18 months the company raised $13 million from Battery Ventures and Charles River Ventures of Waltham Massachusetts. Binder and his team raised another $25 million in late 2003, and ultimately raised nearly $60 million.
Broadbus was a pioneer of memory based systems for delivering both movies and television on demand. The company's flagship B-1 system was capable of supporting more than 15,000 subscribers simultaneously watching movies and television, all with fast-forward, rewind and pause controls. In 2003 the company received the trademark TOD, for "television on demand" services. By late 2004 the company had completed successful tests with many of the largest cable MSO's including Time Warner, Comcast and Cablevision, and they employed more than 125 people throughout the US, Europe and Asia. At that time Vin Bisceglia, who had past experience taking start-up companies public, was brought in by Binder to help him take Broadbus public in what was still a very difficult IPO market. Bisceglia took on the role of Chairman and CEO and Binder that of President/COO.
By the end of 2005, Broadbus was the market leader in VOD in Europe with a key win at UPC, the continent's largest MSO, with over 16 million subscribers. In addition, Broadbus was fast becoming number one for new VOD streams sold worldwide, approaching Seachange and Concurrent, the prior market leaders. Recognizing a still weak IPO market, Binder and Bisceglia decide to explore strategic alternatives, ultimately leading to an acquisition by Motorola in September 2006 for $181 million. Broadbus was considered to be one of the most successful start-ups in the New England region since the tech bubble of '99.
Broadbus now serving some major MSOs: vendor's deals include Comcast, TWC.(Broadbus Technologies Inc. providing video-server platform to major companies)
Apr 04, 2005; The video-server space just got a little more crowded. Broadbus Technologies, which has been pitching its B1 video-server...
San Antonio's big conversion: Time Warner system 'cuts over' to Broadbus from SeaChange.(On Demand: WHERE CONTENT MEETS TECHNOLOGY: VOD * HDTV * DVR * ITV * HSI)
Sep 05, 2005; The engineers at Time Warner Cable's San Antonio system had a busy summer. The system switched out its video-on-demand server...