Save the Date: Founder Dialogues V June 29th 2011, featuring Andy Ory of Acme Packet

Founder Collective is very excited to announce Founder Dialogues V on June 29th, 2010 at the Microsoft New England R&D Center from 6pm – 8pm.

We’ve heard complaints that the tech community in Boston doesn’t build big companies; that we sell too early and don’t swing for the fences.  Founder Dialogues was created on the premise that these complaints are questionable and the problem is that we don’t do enough to tell our success stories.  Andy Ory is a shining example of this.  In the past 10 years, he’s created a $5 Billion market cap public company right here in the greater Boston tech community. Let’s pause for a moment and digest that – $5 Billion. Wow that’s a big company!  

Yet so few people know Andy’s story or know much about Acme Packet.  June 29th we’ll explore how Andy built such an extraordinary success.


Andy Ory, Co-Founder, President and CEO of Acme Packet, has graciously accept our invitation to be our next showcased founder.  Under Andy’s leadership, Acme Packet pursues its mission to enable service providers and enterprises worldwide to unleash the power of interactive voice, voice, and unified communications over IP networks.


During Andy’s decade-long tenure, he has spearheaded Acme Packet’s growth from a young startup pioneering a new product category and technology called session border control to today dominating that category and delivering an expanding product portfolio that is fueling a new paradigm in communications – session delivery networks.


With more than 20 years of telecommunications and computer industry experience, Andy’s ability to guide Acme Packet successfully as it implements its innovation is borne out in numbers.  The company was ranked NASDAQ’s 2010 #1 performing stock for companies with a valuation of $1 billion or greater.  More than 1,300 customers in 105 countries have developed over 12,000 Acme Packet systems, including 90 of the top 100 service providers and 30 of the Fortune 100.


Prior to co-founding Acme Packet, Andy was the founder, CEO and chairman of Priority Call Management, which produced network-based solutions that allowed service providers to offer prepaid calling, enhanced messaging and one-number services.


We look forward to hearing Andy’s firsthand accounts of yet another Boston success story!

Andy Palmer, Parallel Founder March 21, 2011 at the Microsoft NERD Center

 A special thanks to returning participants of the Founder Dialogues event series and a warm welcome to new participants.  In true New England fashion, we did not let the snow affect attendance.  Founder Collective hopes to continue the growth of this important series showcasing local founders. 

Andy Palmer, Parallel Founder, spoke of his unconventional start into the start-up world and brought thought-provoking insight to Founder Dialogues IV at the Microsoft NERD Center.  Valuable take aways from FD IV : Andy’s push for more of a founder culture in Boston; Defining Andy’s role and value as a parallel entrepreneur involved in several projects; And Andy’s own personal attachment and pride to each company he is/ was involved in.  

Here you will find a video and photographs capturing the event.  As you will see, “Boston needs 1st time CEO’s and for them to be as successful as possible, as fast as possible… The rules have changed but the passion is still there”.    

A special thanks to Tyler Magnin, VisibleGains and VentureFizz for producing the video of this event.  Of course, a big thank you to Andy for motivating all of us.

As always, please feel free to post any comments.  We continually try to improve your experience at these events so any feedback is greatly appreciated.