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With venture dollars behind them, this pair of experts teamed up to build a better wireless network.

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This story appears in the February 2007 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Brought together by firm , Bill Kish, 35, and Victor Shtrom, 40, shared a common vision for the future. They both recognized a need for a low-cost that would eliminate the typical problems of inconsistent signals and thereby enhance in-home multi-media streaming. Uniting their complementary skills--Kish had experience with networking, and Shtrom with radio frequency technologies--the pair became the pioneers of "smart Wi-Fi" technology in late 2002. In 2004, they launched their Sunnyvale, California, company, Ruckus Wireless. Says Kish, "It was essentially 18 months of working without salary and lots of uncertainty about the technology and about the market application."

Ruckus Wireless has since partnered with companies like Netgear and and has received $32 million in funding. In return, the business, which enjoyed $7 million in sales last year and projects more than double that this year, is enabling the widespread adoption of IP TV by making the deployment of the service more efficient and cost-effective.

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