ThreeFive photonics : searching for the holy grail?

J.C. Burg, van, J.J. Berends, S.A.M. Dolmans

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Abstract

In 2001, the Dutch company ThreeFive Photonics was founded by telecom professional Wouter Deelman and PhD student Chretien Herben attached to Delft University of Technology. The founders set out to develop revolutionary opto-electronic chips with the potential to change the telecom industry. That year, venture capital firms invested € 7 million in the promising start-up, but additional capital was needed to develop ThreeFive’s radical "Holy Grail" technology. However, during the product development phase disaster struck: the ‘telecom bubble’ burst and the industry crashed. Desperately trying to keep the company alive, the founding team and investors turned to investigate less radical products, while trying to secure the extra funding needed. As the company’s final hour began to strike they faced an important decision: should ThreeFive try to enter new markets with new products, or look to merge with a competitor?
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationEindhoven
PublisherTechnische Universiteit Eindhoven
Number of pages25
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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