Daniel J. Berninger

dan@danielberninger.com

Experience

2007 present Free World Dialup (http://www.freeworlddialup.com/)

Interim-CEO

Led effort to spin-off FWD, the world's largest independent VoIP SIP registrar, as a separate entity from pulver.com. Obtained seed investments from Tom Evslin (former CEO ITXC) and Yossi Vardi (funded ICQ). Established operations in support of the one million registered users. Established programs to increase engagement of the FWD community, and championed demonstration projects showing integration between FWD and Facebook.

2003 2007 Independent technology analyst

(http://www.danielberninger.com/) and (http://www.tier1research.com)

Covering disruptive and disrupted companies in the communication sector. Expertise at the intersection of telecom and the Internet sought by industry, institutional investors, Congress, FCC, and Federal Reserve. Commentary sought by CNBC, NPR and other programs. Frequently quoted as a source in the New York Times, Business Week, WSJ, Fortune, Forbes, AP, and trade press.

1999-2003 pulver.com, Melville, NY (http://www.pulver.com)

Managing Director

Responsible for investment activities of leading IP telephony, telecom, media, and technology research and integrated media firm founded by Jeff Pulver. Led team that launched a communication application service provider - Vonage - which included recruiting Jeffrey Citron founder of Datek Online as CEO. Sought for commentary on how the emergence of the Internet will effect telecommunications. Created report covering telecom antitrust enforcement landscape. Recipient of VON Pioneer Award.

1996-1999 VocalTec Communications, Fort Lee, NJ (http://www.vocaltec.com)

 

Director

Principal telecommunications industry expert for software company that pioneered voice transport on packet networks. Developed and managed teams supporting customers and partners, including; Verizon, Cisco, Compaq, and NASA. Responsible for government relations and represented company in series of meetings with FCC. Testimony featured by Qwest and ICG in PUC hearings arising from US West complaints. Collaborated with former FCC Chairman Reed Hundt in work to keep the Internet free of regulations. Led internal team that founded ITXC (NASDAQ: ITXC) and recruited AT&T Worldnet President, Tom Evslin, as CEO. Part of Free World Dialup founding team. (www.freeworlddialup.com)

 

1991-1996 AT&T Bell Laboratories, Holmdel, NJ (http://www.att.com)

Member of Technical Staff

Responsible for testing and statistical analysis of new service performance. Led performance assessment on voice, video, and enhanced services projects valued at up to $400M. Authored one of the original papers on the impact of Internet on telecommunications. Projects spanned cable plant, PSTN, wireless, and data networks.

Education

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

  • 1991 - completed doctoral studies toward Ph.D. in Systems Engineering. Degree pending dissertation on mathematical analysis of complex systems.
  • Recipient of grant from National Academy of Sciences

Villanova University, Villanova, PA

  • 1985 - B.E., M.E., Electrical Engineering - graduated with honors
  • Lindbach scholar, HKN engineering honor society, speaker at graduation