Company name: Kodiak Networks
Where it's based: San Ramon, Calif.
When it was founded: 2001
What year it was a Fierce 15: 2004
Why it was a Fierce 15: Kodiak Networks was selected as a Fierce 15 because it made a network-based push-to-talk solution. Although Kodiak faced stiff competition from other firms, including Sonim Technologies (a 2003 Fierce 15 award winner), the company secured a few impressive carrier wins including Orange and Alltel. In addition to these two carrier contracts, Kodiak had partnerships with handset maker Kyocera Wireless as well as mobile OS developers Symbian and palmOne. Click here for more.
What has happened since it was awarded the Fierce 15: Kodiak racked up deals with the likes of U.S. Cellular, MVNO Amp'd Mobile (now shuttered) and others on the carrier side, and Sony Ericsson, Samsung, RIM and others on the handset side. But PTT hasn't been the huge draw or moneymaker that many people anticipated in 2004. Nevertheless, Kodiak has continued to innovate. In 2008 the company launched a downloadable PTT client for handsets and an "instachat" mobile voice conferencing service. Most recently, Kodiak announced a deal with India's Reliance Communications to launch a conference service across Reliance's CDMA and GSM networks.