Guido Appenzeller is the CEO of Big Switch and was formerly the leader of the Stanford lab that pioneered the OpenFlow protocol. Most major networking vendors now in some manner have plans to support OpenFlow.
As a hot company in growing market, Big Switch as a company might represent a juicy acquisition target from a larger networking vendor. That’s currently not necessarily the route that Appenzeller wants to take his company.
“Right now we’re building this as a standalone company,” Appenzeller said. “Really the goal is to take this to the next level, build our customer and revenue base.”
“Obviously the IPO path is what we are aspiring too and would love to do,” Appenzeller added.