Paul Palmieri
Founder
Millennial Media

 

“From the company's inception, we worked with the team at Columbia to define what our market opportunity could be. Today, our company has every bit the nurturing fingerprints of Columbia Capital's Partners on its success as a public company that it did in our earliest days. As an entrepreneur, I was not sure what we were looking for in an early investor, but Columbia Capital stood out in a sea of sameness in their industry based on a keen understanding of what we were trying to do , and a core expertise in the mobile internet.  They have been a true partner, and I would highly recommend Columbia Capital to any entrepreneur.”

 

Mobile has become an important dimension of the communications, media, and technology landscape. Once regarded as an optional access methodology that supplemented the fixed line experience, mobile has become an equal partner, profoundly altering enterprise and consumer behavior. The rise of mobility has impacted the underlying network and enterprise application architecture, while also greatly increasing the surface area for data security considerations. Mobile is driving tremendous growth in many of the core markets in which Columbia participates and creates new investment opportunities as business models are reinvented for the mobile era.

The rise of mobile has impacted the underlying network and enterprise application architecture, while also greatly increasing the surface area for data security considerations.

Columbia’s historical involvement in the formation of the wireless industry in the late 1980s provides us with a deep contextual understanding of the market while our ongoing participation connects us with the leading innovators shaping the future development of mobility.

 

Spectrum

The enormous engine of wireless communications and innovation is highly dependent on capacity and access at the edge of networks.  Spectrum is the primary solution for mobile operators to accommodate wireless data growth at the network edge.  In addition, innovative wireless applications that do not rely on existing mobile networks (e.g., M2M, satellite, location) require spectrum as the foundation for delivering service.   Both of these trends will drive strong demand for additional useable spectrum for the foreseeable future.

At Columbia, we believe there are significant opportunities to identify underutilized frequency bands, repurpose this spectrum for more efficient use and launch innovative wireless services on these frequencies.  This process requires an in-depth understanding of chipset technology, vendor ecosystems, mobile operator networks and regulatory possibilities.  We have accumulated this expertise through two decades of spectrum acquisitions, including investments in 17 frequency bands around the world.

 

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