Principal & Co-Founder

RickMalone-headshotMr. Malone is a Principal of Vertical Systems Group, responsible for managing the firm’s Market Research and Analysis practice.  In this capacity, he coordinates all research resources, directs the utilization of Vertical’s proprietary databases and market models, and consults with the company’s client base.

He co-founded the firm in 1986 to deliver practical, market-oriented intelligence to the networking industry and its users. Mr. Malone advises clients on market opportunities, segmentation and sizing, technology trends and business strategy.

Cited as one of the “25 Unsung Heroes” of the Internet, he is recognized by media and trade associations as an authoritative source for quantifying technology adoption and the resulting impacts on network migration.

With thirty years of business applications and networking experience, Mr. Malone’s background is in strategic marketing and technology management. Before founding Vertical, he participated in the start-up of a venture-funded telecom switch manufacturer, and held management positions at packet switching pioneer Tymnet and at a computer services company.

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