At the end of each year we have time to look back and reflect on the year before and
think about the year ahead. 2010 was once again a challenging year for Telerik as
well as our customers. The economy continues to be stubborn in many parts of the world.
Microsoft released new versions of .NET and Visual Studio that we had to be ready
for. Silverlight 4 was released, then pronounced dead, then alive again, then Silverlight
5 previews were shown. Even Mother Nature in April gave us trouble; the eruption of Mt.
Eyjafjallajökull in Iceland stranded over a dozen of our employees, including
our CEO, on three continents. (Don’t feel
too bad, some of them were stranded in Las Vegas!)
Looking back, 2010 was also a year of growth for Telerik. Our team grew very rapidly
with lots of great new hires-we are already outgrowing our new office building in
Sofia. We added two divisions (Testing and Team Productivity) and two offices (Austin,
Texas and Winnipeg, Canada.) We added many new products including: Windows
7 Phone Toolkit, JustCode, JustMock, TeamPulse,
and had major upgrades of some existing products such as our Web
Testing Framework, OpenAccess’
LINQ implementation, and the SiteFinity 4.0
release candidate. In partnership with Microsoft, at the Silverlight
Firestarter a few weeks ago, Scott Guthrie announced
our release of a great reference application for Silverlight: f!acedeck.
(We are proud of the work we did on f!acedeck, so give it a try!)
We continue to push the envelope and drive innovation in our existing products. Our
products won several awards in 2010, including the industry standard JOLT
of TechEd 2010 and “Best” by the Visual
Studio Magazine Awards. Telerik was also selected as a Red
Herring Global 100 company, the “Best
Company to work for in Bulgaria”, and was a finalist in the prestigious European
In 2010, Telerik reached more customers at events this year. Our team traveled to
all four corners of the globe to visit customers. For example we had speakers and
booths at five TechEds in the USA, Europe, Australia, India, and Brazil. We sponsored
major events in North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia,
visiting customers in some familiar places (such as Las Vegas) and some new ones (Brazil
and Hong Kong). Besides the big events, we also sponsored and spoke at several CodeCamps,
user groups, and other events around the world, including DevReach in
our own backyard. Our evangelists and marketing teams would even travel to Antarctica
to visit customers!
Looking forward to 2011, we hope that the world economy and the general business climate
improve. We have some great releases of our products planned, such as SiteFinity 4.0
in January and our Q1 2011 release in March. We have a brand new product that is currently
top secret, but you’ll get a preview of it soon. We also plan to open some more offices
worldwide as well as attend and sponsor even more events. We are hitting the ground
running in 2011, we are putting on an event
in Pune, India in January.
We hope to see you in person in 2011 since we do this all for you. I want to close
by thanking all of you, our customers, for your dedication and support. Happy New
Stephen Forte, CSO
Stephen Forte sits on the board of several start-ups including Triton Works. Stephen is also the Microsoft Regional Director for the NY Metro region and speaks regularly at industry conferences around the world. He has written several books on application and database development including Programming SQL Server 2008 (MS Press).