Jagdeep Singh co-founded Infinera Corp. in 2001 with Drew Perkins and David Welch, and the optical networking company wasn’t without its problems during this difficult time. While many companies were closing up shop, Singh held true to his vision so that his business would stay open.
He envisioned changing the networking world by creating a photonic integrated circuit (PIC) and developed complete systems based on it, but this would require him raising private capital during a time when the industry was struggling.
Despite the challenging market, he moved forward on his vision by hiring top talent for Infinera. He brought aboard a chief operating officer and a vice president of global sales who both had fantastic track records at successful networking companies.
Infinera still had many people criticizing it, and this continued until its initial public offering, when Wall Street investors clearly embraced the company by bidding its stock up to more than double the offering price. Critics finally admitted that the company’s numbers, customers and technology were profitable, real and unique.
Success has only continued as PIC is now the world’s fastest optical chip, and revenue grew 1,100 percent from 2005 to 2007. As he looks toward the future, this president and CEO will continue to invest in innovation and developing differentiated products to help his customers build more profitable businesses.
HOW TO REACH: Infinera Corp., (408) 572-5200 or www.infinera.com