Cool Startup: EdgeConneX

EdgeConnex is an innovative data center startup based in Herndon Virginia, founded by Edmund Wilson in 2009-2010. They have raised $150M to date, and count CloudFlare as a customer. An anonymous quote on the website makes it seem that Akamai is also a customer. We usually don’t cover data center companies, but EdgeConnex is an unbelievably innovative company. They provide localized data center services in the US, with plans to expand in Europe. The innovation comes into play in their cell tower offering, which they call “Edge Wireless”. Edge Wireless enables CDNs, Telco’s and other providers to co-locate their infrastructure at the wireless edge.

Doug Wiest, EVP of Wireless once worked for American Tower, as COO. American Tower is a $40B behemoth that generated $4B in revenue in 2014, and owns 97,000 sites, including Cell Towers, DAS and WiFi locations. EdgeConneX has “contracted access to over 65,000 cellular sites and 10,000 buildings” according to its website. This new offering has the ability to help CDNs create new business models, or expand existing ones in a new direction. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure this one out, but the probability of them getting scooped up sooner rather than later is a no-brainer.

Company: EdgeConnex
Founded: 2009 / 2010
HQ: Herndon, VA
Raised: $150M
VCs: TDF Ventures and Meritage Funds
No. of Employees: 77
Executives: Randy Brouckman (CEO) and Edmund Wilson (Founder & COO)
Product: Space, power and connectivity at the Edge