Supercomm to split into 2 shows next year
May 23, 2005
BY MICHAEL KRAUSS
There's good news and
bad news about one of Chicago's premier trade shows. Supercomm,
the world's largest telecommunications convention, arrives at
McCormick Place June 6. It will attract more than 30,000 visitors,
generate $50 million in revenue in Chicago, and create 7,000 temporary
jobs, according to Matt Flanigan, president of the Telecommunications
Industry Association, one of the show's organizers.
That's the good news.
The bad news is Supercomm
morphs into two separate shows next year. Globalcomm (with an
emphasis on telco equipment suppliers) will debut at McCormick
Place in June 2006. TelecomNEXT (where the telco carriers will
flock) launches three months earlier in Las Vegas.
Chicago faces stiff
competition for trade shows. But we're a competitive town. We
just have to get aligned, show up and play to win.
That's why I want you
to know about two prototypical Chicagoans, John Janowiak and Van
Cullens. Both are working hard to make Chicago's shows successful.
Janowiak is senior
director of the International Engineering Consortium, the Chicago
group that builds Supercomm's content. Cullens is CEO of Aurora-
based Westell Technologies and chairman of TIA.
Janowiak is fielding
a spectacular array of presenters at Supercomm. He's lined up
new FCC Chairman Kevin Martin, Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg, Cisco
CEO John Chambers, Nortel Networks CEO William Owens, Siemens
Communications CEO Lothar Pauly, Tellabs CEO Krish Prabhu, Lucent
CEO Patricia Russo and BellSouth CEO Duane Ackerman.
That's the tip of the
iceberg. Janowiak's displaying the future of technology at McCormick
is working on Globalcomm. His members sell more than $100 billion
in communications equipment, not just teleco providers, but businesses
He's broadening the
audience for Globalcomm to attract these new buyers interested
in the future of voice, video and data communications.
"It's not like
it was 20 years ago when we bought our communications services
from AT&T," Cullens says.
Globalcomm has a one-year
commitment to McCormick Place. But that could change.
strongly at staying in Chicago, but we need the support of the
Chicago community," Cullens says.
Sells to CableMatrix
Players of Halo 2 and
Quake take note. Deerfield's Xinnia Technology, which makes software
allowing cable companies to provide premium broadband connections,
was sold to Israel-based CableMatrix Technologies, which is moving
its headquarters to Deerfield.
The deal gives local
entrepreneur Jay Malin, 35, an opportunity to grow. CableMatrix
has venture backing from Intel Capital, Walden International,
EnerTech Capital, and Veritas Venture Partners. Malin and his
partner, Matt Tooley, pick up equity in CableMatrix. Malin becomes
vice president for business development, and Tooley vice president
With the rise of on-line
computer gaming, VoIP and video telephony, cable providers must
offer customized broadband services, according to Malin. His software
lets cable providers sense customer's technical needs.
Latency is the delay
from the time an information packet is sent to the time it's received.
Malin says, "If you're playing somebody online and there's
latency, by the time you see the bullet shot at your char- acter
and shoot back, it's too late. Your character is already dead."
How did Malin know
he had a winner? "I would call Comcast, Cox or Time Warner,
and they'd call back," Malin says. "There was a lot
of interest. We decided to get going."
Malin is a Glenview
native and 1987 graduate of Glenbrook South. He studied electrical
engineering at Washington University, and earned a master's degree
and Ph.D. at the University of Illinois in Urbana.
He picked up an MBA
attending night classes at the University of Chicago.
Will he bolt for the
coast with his first entrepreneurial victory? Not a chance.
not moving," Malin says. "My wife grew up in Deerfield."
Networks was named to the Fierce 15 list as a top emerging company.
The list is published by FierceWireless a leading wireless industry
Krauss is a Chicago area tech writer and consultant.