ThreeFive photonics: Searching for the Holy grail? (teaching case)
Burg, J.C. van
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In 2001, the Dutch company ThreeFive Photonics was founded by telecom professional Wouter Deelman and PhD student Chretien Herben attached to Delft University of Technology. The founders set out to develop revolutionary opto-electronic chips with the potential to change the telecom industry. That year, venture capital firms invested 7 million euros in the promising start-up, but additional capital was needed to develop ThreeFive's radical 'Holy Grail' technology. However, during the product development phase disaster struck: the 'telecom bubble' burst and the industry crashed. Desperately trying to keep the company alive, the founding team and investors turned to investigate less radical products, while trying to secure the extra funding needed. As the company's final hour began to strike they faced an important decision: should ThreeFive try to enter new markets with new products, or look to merge with a competitor? This case is part of the E-FORCE free case collection (visit www.ecch.com/eforcefreecases for more information on the collection). This case can be downloaded by educators as a clean pdf by viewing the on-line inspection copy. Access is unlimited and you may print as many copies as you wish for use with your students. Standard pricing applies for any copies ordered from ecch.