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On-Demand CRM Vendor Etelos Announces New Management Hires

September 11, 2007

Etelos, a vendor of on-demand, distributed-anywhere applications including CRM, announced several additions to its executive team and a new office in Silicon Valley. Company officials attribute the growth to the "growing demand for the Etelos Application Server platform and the applications available through the Etelos Marketplace."

Etelos' Founder Danny Kolke said the past six months has seen more than 6,000 accounts representing updwards of 36,500 users "experience the diverse applications available to businesses of any size through the Etelos Marketplace," such as Etelos CRM for Google Apps, Etelos Server for Google Apps, iPhone, Windows Live, Pageflakes and Netvibes as well as Etelos Community Manager and numerous e-commerce applications.
In addition to the end user growth, Etelos has seen a 200 percent increase in Web developers registering to develop Applications that they can distribute and sell through the Marketplace, company officials say.
Etelos has brought on Jeffrey L. Garon as President and CEO. Garon brings more than 25 years of senior leadership to Etelos, including executive leadership positions at Kaufman Bros., L.P., Tripath Technology, Silicon Storage Technology, Inc., Monster Cable Products, Oracle, Ashton-Tate and as President of The Garon Financial Group, a venture consulting and venture capital firm.
Etelos founder Danny Kolke has assumed the roles of Chairman of the Board and Chief Technical Officer.
Shannon Vanderford was named the Vice President & Chief Operations Officer,
Shelley Symonds the Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer and Kathy Lahaye the Vice President & Chief Financial Officer.
In July Etelos announced the first of what will no doubt be many CRM apps for the iPhone.
"Etelos CRM works great on the iPhone" Etelos CEO Danny Kolke reassures consumers. "It allows you to get access to your tasks, projects, appointments or any of your other business processes while you're away from the office. It's almost as good as carrying a laptop." Yeah, and a whole lot cooler.

The Etelos CRM suite gives users contact, task, group, sales and project management, as well as group messaging and reporting functionality in one interface that is now compatible with the iPhone's Safari Web browser.
CRM for iPhone is integrated with Etelos CRM, which can already be run in Google Apps, Netvibes, Windows Live and Pageflakes.  
The iPhone edition is available to existing Etelos CRM Professional, Enterprise and Developer edition customers, and a test drive is available at
Existing users will be able to access their traditional CRM tools while away from their computer. Note taking, appointment setting and contact management are all available on the Etelos CRM for iPhone product.

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David Sims is a contributing editor for ContactCenterSolutions. To see more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.