In the late 1990s, Len Jordan was working on content distribution networking technologies at RealNetworks when some of the folks on his team got to know Marty Kagan of Cisco. The two men never met. Both went their separate ways after that, with Jordan becoming a venture capitalist and Kagan taking on technology roles at Akamai and Jive Software. Now, their paths have finally crossed at Cedexis, a Portland upstart that helps businesses accelerate the delivery of Web and mobile applications.
(Correction: The post has been updated to clarify the time at which Jordan and Kagan met).
Jordan, now a venture partner at Madrona Venture Group, has participated in a $6 million round for the company. In addition to Madrona, Silicon Valley’s Advance Technology Ventures also joined the round.
Cedexis truly is an international company. Kagan, who serves as CEO, is based in Portland while co-founder Julien Coulon — also a veteran of Akamai — is based in France.
Jordan seems jazzed to be working again with his old business friend.
“The Cedexis team has built a foundational product architecture that enables many important applications — from global traffic management and content routing to cloudbursting, CDN federation, multi-vendor cloud-storage, and application acceleration,” said Jordan in a statement. “We are impressed with the company’s revenue growth over the last 18 months and are pleased to invest in the company as it extends customer partnerships in the United States.”
Jordan tells GeekWire that he’s excited to work with Kagan and the rest of the Cedexis team, a company. The deal also marks a bit of a homecoming for Jordan. Prior to moving to Seattle, he worked for eight years at software companies in the Portland area.
Cedexis counts more than 150 customers — including DailyMotion, Viadeo, Canal+ and Navteq– who use its Cedexis Radar and Cedexis Openmix products. For example, the online community operator Eyeka used the product to boost video download speeds by as much 77 percent in China.