Company name: Carrier IQ
Where it's based: Mountain View, Calif.
When it was founded: 2005
Year it was a Fierce 15: 2008
Why it was a Fierce 15: Carrier IQ was trying to help operators and handset makers see what was going on between the end user and the device and between the device and the network. Carrier IQ's mobile service intelligence platform, combined with a device client, allowed carriers and OEMs to get real-time data on things like what applications customers were accessing, if they were experiencing network slowdowns or even if they were side-loading content. Click here for more.
What has happened since it was awarded the Fierce 15: Carrier IQ retains the same business focus, and in January 2009 it raised $20 million in Series C funding. The company also has deals with the likes of Huawei, NEC and Vodafone Portugal.