08 January 2016
Founded in 2003, KORE is a technology specialist focussed on the machine-to-machine and internet-of-things sector.
Co-founder and CEO Alex Brisbourne
says that the main aim of the launch was to create an
intermediary layer between traditional mobile operators and the
leaders of innovation that were creating unique applications
for the M2M market.
force for the formation of the business was the fact that the
world had suddenly become an end-to-end IP connected
environment," he says.
"It was the
start of so-called 2G and 3G networks and it meant that
integration into applications, cost-points for devices and
ubiquity globally was a future opportunity."
supports around 1700 customers in North America, Europe and
Asia with service platforms to accelerate the M2M marketplace.
It has created a single service connectivity solution whereby a
customer can buy a managed service, operated from a platform in
which 15 carriers are integrated worldwide.
"We are one
of the top 12 providers of M2M across the globe, and that
includes carriers such as Vodafone and AT&T," Brisbourne
250 employees worldwide, KORE claims to offer fully managed
connectivity over both mobile and satellite networks and
covering multiple technologies, including non-GSM services
such as CDMA. Brisbourne says that it differentiates itself
from competitors in the market with its service
Brisbourne was previously a general manager at a GSM
carrier in North America, and also recently left his
position as chairman of the International M2M Council. He
breaks down his role as chief executive of KORE into a
number key areas."We don’t just provide
connectivity, we manage that connectivity between the
customers’ application and the remote devices
so that they can see how well those devices are working,"
completely paranoiac all the time about what could happen
in the outside world – over which I only have
limited control – that would affect our business,"
he jokes, when asked what his key responsibilities are.
"But from that point of view it’s totally
Brisbourne says that an important aspect of his role is
dialogue with influences in the industry such as technical
analysts, his own peers, the company’s carrier
partners as well as KORE customers.
"As a CEO
my task is to be able to chart where we need to be three or
four years from now, and ensure that we’re
putting into place the necessary technical, operational and
organisational building blocks to meet the needs of the
market and of our customers," he says.
places great importance on being a thought leader within
the industry; his philosophy being that if KORE makes the
industry more vibrant and more visible, then it is a
benefit for all.
depth of the lake gets deeper and everyone’s
boat floats higher," he says.
made four acquisitions over the course of the last three
years, and Brisbourne includes looking at potential
technology acquisitions as a very active part of his
majority of his time, however, is spent on evaluating,
mentoring and developing his staff, in particular,
broadening the breadth and depth of his executive team.
"We’re in a relatively young industry space,
so we have to develop and grow a lot of our own talent," he