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Innovation is everywhere. In 2007, we began podcasting and interviewing technology experts and innovators. In 2010, we rolled out our online magazine Techistan and social video Muntwo. We are media partner for hundreds of Earth's favorite empowering events. We hope you enjoy listening to our conversations here on DIDX podcasts.

About us: Super Technologies, Inc. was a dotcom startup in 1999 ... providing voice over dialup Internet services and Virtual Phone Lines (a service that enables people and organizations to have a local presence in any of up to 60 countries and be a local call to their VIP) via direct inward dialing and SIP.

In 2005, we started DIDX, enabling 10 telecoms to buy and/or sell phone numbers wholesale. By 2011, we now serve 18,000 wholesale IP communications companies on DIDX.

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Download Suzanne Bowen Interviews Leif Madsen, Asterisk Rockstar 27-08-2011 (7.11 MB)

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Suzanne Bowen Interviews Leif Madsen, Asterisk Rockstar

  • Truth is that I "met" the authors of the book "Asterisk, the Future of Telephony" when I was an English teacher and had volunteered over email to help edit the documentation. It was a joy to interview Leif Madsen.¬†The Asterisk rockstar*¬†shares with us the history of how he became interested in voice, telephony, Asterisk and open source.

    We discussed the "cliques or special interest groups" in telecommunications, in fact three.
    1. Old style, keep it closed, don't share, beat the competition, sell it at an inflated price, and it's all about the money.
    2. It should all be free and if you are not offering it free, you're not one of us.
    3. With a happy medium area of those who realize that people do need a paycheck to take care of their lives. At the same time, be willing to give back in an open source manner. Like a compromise!

    Advice for entrepreneurs... Leif says he's more a technical guybut he definitely did notwant to work for someone else and being in your own business assures that. You must create content that is of value to other people. For him, it worked with his documentation projects such as the O'Reilly book and he's now a successful Asterisk consultant and author.

    Websites he uses most? News.google.com and Twitter! Also Asterisk IRC channel.

    Who inspires Leif Madsen? James Shaw is, his friend since age 17 when Leif took Jim's place working on at a computer store. Second one is Jim Van Megellen. Leif describes him as a guy who can make you laugh and enjoy life, not a workoholic, and a good example for public speaking.

    What do people ask him most often about the O'Reilly book? When are you going to write a new version? And that's tough because Asterisk is progressing fast with changes by the second.

    Leif will be at Astricon Oct 13-15, 2009 in Glendale. He willbe speaking 10 AM on Oct. 14, 2009. He usually attends IT360 in Toronto every year. You can learn from him, contact him, do business with him at http://www.leifmadsen.com.

    You can listen to other podcast interviews on DIDX podcasts at http://www.didx.net/podcast.

    * After polling 11 people how I should define Leif, 10 said, they voted rockstar.




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    Keywords: leif madsen, book, author, asterisk, the future of telephony, jim van meggelen, irc, twitter, blogging, open source, entrepreneur, voip