Audian is a software company redefining the telecom industry. Our focus is on increasing our customers’ Telecompetance by leveraging the latest in software and technology to simplify the complexities once associated with telecom, giving back time and energy to focus on growing their business.
Who We Are
Brandon is a longtime Pacific Northwest native, growing up just outside of Seattle. While quickly becoming the "how can I make this work" person, his first major technology projects were in financial services where he deployed automated technology & process solutions for Accredited Home Loans that reduced the time to evaluate deals by over 75%. Leveraging this experience, he then developed a multi-tenanted pipeline solution that included 400+ salespeople closing more than $1.3 billion in financial products per year, resulting in several Inc. 500 and Puget Sound Business Journal awards for business growth.
Prior to founding Audian, Brandon was the IT Director for Fairplay, where he enabled the organizational infrastructure to scale from a single office to 25+ offices spread in over 5 states. By combining his knowledge and understanding of IT with a keen understanding of Sales, Marketing and core business growth drivers, Brandon is able to not just recommend products, but to leverage solutions to increase both productivity and bottom line numbers for clients.
Janae was born and raised in Oregon and moved to the Eastside 16 years ago. She brings more than 10 years of experience and expertise in the management of financial, mortgage and technological entities. At Audian she oversees the day-to-day operational functions of the company, including (but not limited to!) human resources, budgeting, accounting & administration. In parallel she develops and directs programs designed to meet the needs of the company, our partners and the staff.
Prior to joining Audian, she served as a Regional Manager for a successful Mortgage and Financial Institution where she developed and executed a number of strategic efforts and grew the region from one small office to 100+ employees spreading across several states with excess of $20 million per year in revenue.
Pramod was born in India and moved to the United States at the age of 17. He stumbled upon Unix while playing computer games in college and has fallen in love with it ever since. He started playing around with Open Source/Free Software in 1996 and has built a number of Free Software solutions for companies large and small. In the early 2000s, Pramod ran the California node for a popular IRC network focused on helping people new to Linux and BSD.
Since then Pramod has also provided solutions for a number of fortune companies, Unilever & Microsoft to name a few. In 2007, Pramod founded Perseus Consulting which focused on providing IT and VoIP solutions for small and medium businesses across the Puget Sound area.
In his spare time, Pramod tinkers on his car and plays his guitar.
With deep technical expertise from his years as an engineer, Bill brings a unique ability to communicate the technical and operational benefits of our hosted solutions to business owners of all levels and needs,” said Brandon Bazemore, CEO of Audian. “Having seen telecom change dramatically over the last decade, Bill’s experience and vision is a valuable resource for connecting with our customers, but also will assist in the ongoing evolution of our voice and data systems.
It's the dawn of the business VoIP revolution and Brandon Bazemore and Pramod Venugopal start to put together the first production phone system based on Asterisk. The system runs on a small rack-mounted 1U server about the size of a pizza box, and uses an adapter to integrate with a standard T1/PRI. This reduces the complexity and cost of the normal phone system by over 60% and allows for the use of standard SIP phones.
Utilizing a standard SIP only trunk, we are able to eliminate the traditional carrier T1/PRI which allows us to easily setup new phone systems without long delays and with a reduction of cost that includes flat long distance fees.
The first installation of a multi-state phone system for a large financial company necessitates a move to the "cloud" from the familiar server installed in the closet. With the advent of higher speed internet, we are now able to leverage the stability and speed to reduce what was once a multi-site fragmented system into a very streamlined and centralized system.
Janae Smith joins the company and we incorporate as "Persephone", with a new focus on hosted telecom and becoming the leader in SERVICE based telecommunications. Our goal is to redefine the normally contentious relationship between client and company by providing the best customer service in the industry.
We further refine the focus on service adding speed and simplicity as core tenants. Simplicity, Speed and Service is cemented as our core tenants.
We open our new Headquarters in Kirkland, Washington that doubles our square footage and gives us a centralized location to grow and expand.
Our favorite intern Richard who is studying at the prestigious Foster School of Business joins the team. He does great work and earns himself a spot on our timeline.
With year over year growth at 430%, the first year of Business is a great success. More importantly, we are able to hire the top ranked provisioning and support rep from a competitor, Kyle VanHuizen. Kyle is instrumental in the continued growth and universally loved by our clients.
As market share grows and our product mix expands, we rebrand as Audian. Along with the rebranding comes a new website, marketing materials and focus on training and support of our telecom and IT Partners.
Audian announces a brand new Version 1.0 portal and phone system for use by clients. The new portal allows for simple and easy drag and drop style management of the phone system that drastically increases the ease of use by businesses. This portal is light years ahead of the competition, and along with our focus on customer service, our clients are able to manage the system themselves.
Audian wraps up our 2nd year with year over year growth at 393%, with a focus on the agent channel, Audian shows that continuing to focus on Simplicity, Speed and Service is the right way to do business.
Audian announces a partnership with Bigleaf networks, going above and beyond the industry standard by mitigating the main risks of VoIP by dealing with the source, ensuring a flawless internet connectivity and management experience.
After focusing for close to a year on back end improvements to the Audian system, Audian releases a version 2.0 of the portal which includes a fully redesigned and more user friendly portal. This portal allows for even non-technical resources to adjust all aspects of the system.
Audian integrates a full provisioning portal that allows for remote management of Polycom and Yealink phones to be done with NO need to be on site. This change allows clients to self-service their own phone configurations, and add line keys, monitor presence and move and assign phones without even needing to call.
Audian is featured in Geekwire Magazine’s startup corner as a new upcoming Seattle startup.
Audian celebrates supporting the 80th branch of The Salvation Army. The partnership has been a great success and Audian has saved countless dollars that are being put to use to help those in need.
Anthony Perish joins the team as our Sr. Product Manager and adds a huge boost of horsepower to our platform. Within months of joining, he has coordinated the release of a new end user app and a call recording application that allows companies to easily find and manage all of their recordings.
We wrap up the year with 262% growth and a featured article in 425 Magazine.
Bill Janes joins Audian in his new role as National Channel Manager, and adds a white glove approach to working with our partners and clients.
Continuing our support of the local community, Audian sponsors the TeamsCode event for young programmers in the Seattle area.