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Jul 6, 2015 10:50 EST

Badu Networks, Inc.: We make the internet faster!

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 6, 2015

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Badu Networks, Inc.

We make the internet faster!

 

Irvine, www.badunetworks.com

 

 

Elevator Pitch

We make the internet 2-3X faster, especially over wireless (cellular and Wi-Fi).

As the world of many small and medium sized devices continues to expand and compete for available bandwidth, we’ve been hard at work developing our technology to improve the way the world connects. Badu Networks provides software and appliance solutions that improve the end-user experience. We do this by increasing the speed with which TCP delivers data over both wired and wireless connections.

Our technology is impactful because it is focused at the transport layer (layer 4 of the OSI stack).  The end result can be a much improved user experience for web sites, streaming video, social media, cloud storage and interactive web-based applications that use the Internet as their transport.

Executive Summary

We have a solution that is easy to deploy, in a multitude of ways, anywhere in the network; for example, software can be included in servers and appliances, embedded in devices such as routers, embedded in phones and mobile devices, offered as a cloud-based service, offered as an app (until we can embed into the mobile device).

Badu has patent-pending software that improves the way a traffic “governor”called TCP works to manage data traffic congestion. Hence, if you can make traffic run more smoothly, users experience “faster”throughput and network infrastructure can handle more traffic without spending more money.

We…

•help make full use of your bandwidth

•solve TCP’s inefficiencies and ineffectiveness, especially wireless environments

•therefore can help improve 95% of the world’s traffic because they are governed by the TCP “rules”

Our audience is everyone using the internet —consuming content from the internet, putting data onto the internet, or handling and/or moving data across the internet. Initial target customer are infrastructure companies including wireless carriers, broadband providers, content distribution networks, application delivery controllers, and network OEMs. Next target are the large Web 2.0 companies like Amazon, LinkedIn, Facebook, etc. Next level target are the Enterprise and Commercial organizations like Education, Hospitality, Medical, etc. Eventually we want to offer a product to SMB and consumer/home and/or embed software into phone handsets.

  • Founders
  • Team
  • Advisors

Dennis Vadura

CEO, Co-founder

Experienced entrepreneur, started 2 companies; CEO of AccuPoll, a public company in NASDAQ (traded 5+ million shares/day), co-founder & CEO of Web Tools Int., Senior Technical Architect at EDS, BS-MATH, MS-Computer Science, U of Waterloo

Dr. Kevin Tsai

CTO, Co-founder

Dr. Tsai has over 20 years as professor at University of California specialized in network flow control & routing, cofounded Irvine Networks, raised 31 million in funding; SB, MS, Ph.D. all in EECS from MIT

Tony Wong

VP Mktg, Co-founder

27 years of broad functional experience & leadership (Marketing, Sales, Supply Chain, Customer Service, SW Quality) at Apple, HP, Sun Microsystems, Gateway Computers, Black & Decker, and 3M.

$1,500,000 Raised $1.50M of $3.00M goal
 

50%

$25,000

minimum investment

37

investors

 
 

Round closes on
May 31st, 2015, 12:00 am

90 days

Badu Networks is generally soliciting

You have full access to Badu Networks’s information because it has opted into a 506(c) Regulation D private offering, which permits it to generally solicit (publicly advertise) its fundraising efforts. If you would like to invest in this company, you will have to confirm your accredited investor status by providing the approved documentation.

Traction

  • We have scalable product
  • 4 patents in review; 8 in provisional
  • Tier 1 customer reviews under way
  • International business development in process
  • Development agreement executed

Market Opportunity

The markets are large and growing with the use of the internet and mobile.

Wireless Carriers — 1000 worldwide
CDNs — hundreds
ADCs — hundreds
Broadband Providers — hundreds
Router, Access Point, Mobile Hotspots — millions
Large web — hundreds
Med-Small web — hundred of thousands
Phone handsets — hundreds of millions
Internet of Things devices — Millions

Press

Badu Networks

In a nutshell, Badu Networks is revolutionizing the internet as it is today, challenging every boundary and every limitation in the speed of connectivity. Badu Networks’ products are scalable and deployable in nearly every environment, giving their technology the potential to impact every web user and improve their online experience exponentially.

http://crowdfundingheadlines.com/?p=1234

AppleTV prize winner at Badu’s session at Streaming Media West 2014

Badu’s VP Sales, Mike Beard, presented to over 50 people at one of the educational sessions at the recent 2014 Stream Media West conference in Huntington Beach, CA. The audience did not realize there would be a drawing for an AppleTV product. Beverly Watson of Cerritos College was the lucky winner. But at this session, everyone was a winner because they gained insight into the challenges of streaming video smoothly to end users in today’s wireless environment. One major factor limiting the full use of bandwidth and slowing network throughput, not well-known by many, is under performance of the network “governor” (also known as TCP). Network environments today with the proliferation of mobile devices and large content volume going down AND up the network, especially wireless, is under strained. The result is poor end user experience — the famous buffering wheel. Badu Networks has technology that modifies TCP so network throughput improves 2X or more.

http://youtu.be/mnFCTiWYVJk
http://badunetworks.com/appletv-prize-winner-badus-session-streaming-media-west-2014/

 

Traction

  • We have scalable product
  • 4 patents in review; 8 in provisional
  • Tier 1 customer reviews under way
  • International business development in process
  • Development agreement executed

 

 

 

The Problem

More money continues to be spent on faster cell speed, faster WiFi routers, more bandwidth, more network tricks, more more more of the same? But users still cannot play full 1080 HD video on their mobile devices (good luck with 4K Ultra HD).

Increasing amounts of content AND increasing size of content along with user’s insatiable consumption of them are outpacing wireless infrastructure’s ability to deliver quality experience. And we’re just starting to see the emergence of the Internet of Things…more traffic. All the current effort only yield marginal throughput improvement—TCP is the limiting factor.

The Technology    

Hardware and software solutions that deliver better network performance.

WarpTCP™

WarpTCP™ is an innovative new approach to TCP Optimization that delivers between 20% and 300% better throughput depending on the network conditions, network distance and size of file.

WTCP incorporates algorithms that optimize Wi-Fi networks as well as the mobile last mile. We believe WarpTCP™ employs a unique, significantly better performance to TCP flows. Most current TCP Optimization technologies utilize loss and/or latency as the sole catalyst for making adjustments and re-transmitting packets.WarpTCP™ augments these data points by incorporating additional meta-data allowing it to further distinguish loss from actual congestion.

Because WarpTCP™ reacts to network events in real time and attempts to discern real congestion from loss, WarpTCP is better able to optimize flows over typically lossy networks. Such networks are prevalent in the “wireless last hop or mobile last mile”. Badu has improved on current and past TCP Optimization technologies. Badu’s introduction of WarpTCP™ improves on known approaches which have fallen short in delivering significant performance. More importantly, current optimization technologies don’t take into consideration the tremendous growth of mobile and Wi-Fi traffic.

Who Benefits Most

Everyone using the internet — consuming content from the internet, putting data onto the internet, or handling and/or moving data across the internet. Initial target customer are infrastructure companies including wireless carriers, broadband providers, content distribution networks, application delivery controllers, and network OEMs. Next target are the large Web 2.0 companies like Amazon, LinkedIn, Facebook, etc. Next level target are the Enterprise and Commercial organizations like Education, Hospitality, Medical, etc. Eventually we want to offer a product to SMB and consumer/home and/or embed software into phone handsets.

Competitive Advantages

Badu Networks offers several key competitive advantages. 

Implementation uses extremely low level of CPU and memory

Addresses Wi-Fi’s special impact to traffic

Deployable at high end environments (Wireless Carriers)

Badu Networks Product Offerings

Enterprise

The Badu Enterprise product family is a server-side implementation of WarpTCP™. The products are designed to be scalable, highly available and deployable in just about any network environment.

WarpCE: Scalable appliance for carriers and mobile service providers.

WarpCloud: Virtual appliance or software solution built to deploy on any cloud infrastructure or as a standalone product in the cloud marketplace.

WarpEngine: Scalable appliance to support 1000s of servers running all kinds of applications across the Internet, including the wireless last hop.

WarpServer: Per server implementation integrated with the specific Linux kernel that delivers better throughput across the Internet, including the wireless last hop.

PingFog Wireless

PingFog Wireless gateway products are designed to deploy easily in front of existing wireless networks, increasing efficiency to support more users and traffic. PingFog can help avoid a bandwidth upgrade.

PingFog Starter: Desktop product for small and medium size business, or divisions of larger enterprises.

PingFog Enterprise: Rackable product for medium and large enterprise customers with data centers.

OEM

Badu offers optimization solutions that integrate into new and existing products. Extend the life of your existing mobile products — from handsets and tablets to wireless routers and hotspots.

Handsets & Tablets: Embed into mobile & IoT devices.

Wireless Routers & Hotspots: Embed into hotspots, APs, and routers.

Application Delivery Controllers: Embed into an ADC to speed up traffic across the Internet to any client.

Managed Service

WarpService, the first close proximity dynamic acceleration service, deploys in your data center as a custom solution. WarpService speeds un-cacheable dynamic content from your web servers, complementing any CDN to deliver faster page loads. This is all done transparently with no changes to the application.

WarpService: Private, close proximity, origin acceleration service for dynamic content.

Product Development

P’ng Consumer/Home unit has additional software technologies that will drive numerous revenue generating services. [Sept 2015]. Software technologies in P’ng will be available as a SDK for developers. [Dec 2015] 

The Smart Hotspot also has annuity revenue potential from services. [Aug 2015]. WarpTCP app available for mobile devices to accelerate wireless traffic. The acceleration is tied to our PingFog cloud providing platform for additional revenue. [Mar 2014]. 

Develop and expand a hotel Wi-Fi service that is revenue-sharing program. Currently in early stage with medium size hotel chain.

Revenue

Significant revenue has not been achieved…yet. Our current deployments and targeted customers required evaluation and longer selling cycles. We are in the middle of the evaluations. With limited resources most of 2013, a subset of industry customers were targeted to gain industry creditability. The customers included top tiered players in the CDN, ADC, Carrier space.

The bulk of 2013 investments raised came after September which was quickly used to complete development of product packaging (ie. administrative interface, deployment footprints, testing environments) and hire key team members. We expect industry validation and revenue achievement in 2015.

Use of Funds

Software Engineering 

Hardware Engineering

Material

First article

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See the Private Placement Memorandum for additional Risk Factors.

Q&A

What is PingFog?

PingFog is a cost-effective network optimization product that uses patent-pending technology developed by Badu Networks.  It is software that can be deployed as an appliance or as an origin server component.

How much will PingFog improve throughput?

While every situation is different, we can make the following general characterization. WarpTCP technology typically provides 30% – 50% boost in effective mobile throughput (more in some cases).  For streaming applications, the effective throughput can be as high as 200% – 300%.

What types of traffic does WarpTCP™ accelerate across my network?

All traffic that uses TCP for trasport including web and video traffic. 

Is TCP acceleration the only thing that PingFog CE does?

No. PingFog CE is a fully transparent proxy solution and can add significant value in other ways. Our optional multi-layer federated cache is of interest to many customers.

Does PingFog make my network more efficient?

Yes. WarpTCP™ can make a big difference over the wireless last mile. Because of WarpTCP, TCP sessions can complete faster — which results in reduced radio network use, thus leading to higher capacity for those that are connected. The result is a much improved user experience on mobile devices. We have also seen a 20%-25% improvement in mobile device battery life under certain heavy use conditions.

What types of content do you accelerate?

We are agnostic to content, so any type of file running over TCP will benefit. The benefit will vary by size of content such as a web page (small objects) versus a video (longer stream).

Can PingFog accelerate encrypted data?

In almost every case, yes.  TLS and other similar transport layer security schemes are accelerated, IPSEC is not.

Is PingFog difficult to set up or configure?

Not at all!  We designed PingFog with simplicity in mind, all the way through.  Installation is easy and straight forward.

Do I need to make any network changes?

Maybe. The installed PingFog system must see all of the packets in a TCP stream in order to perform its work. In some complex network configurations, routing changes are required in order to ensure that the packet flow is correct.

 

 

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