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Tera Networks

22260 Haggerty Road
Suite 285
Northville, MI 48167

Krishna Kallakuri

What educational, entrepreneurial or business development programs, if any, have you taken advantage of?
I graduated with Bachelors of Engineering in Electronics & Communications. Prior to starting at TeraNetworks I successfully managed the entire operations at DataFactz www.datafactz.com, which is business intelligence services consulting company. My experiences at DataFactz helped me learn business-development skills.

Who was your first customer and where did you find them?
Our first customer is Trynex International, in Warren in November 2009. As a part of our regular sales process this lead was generated by our internal sales associate who had cold called into this customer. This particular customer had several issues with their current IT infrastructure. Tera Networks performed a full audit on their network and have put a solution in place. In addition, Tera Networks was also able to optimize the overall IT costs with a dependable service.

Where did you find your first employee?
We had job posting for a network engineer on several web sites such as dice.com, monster.com, craigslist.com. As a result we have collected several resumes which were carefully screened and interviewed.

Have you promoted an intern to employee status, and if so how many times have you done it?
Yes, once.

Where have you turned to find capital to grow your company and which institutions have provided it?
The founding partners invested the initial capital and worked with Huntington Bank to provide us with additional funding.

It's often said that Metro Detroit and Michigan need to reinvent their economies to be competitive. Are we making those changes, and if so are we making enough of them or doing it fast enough?
From our vantage point, we have seen a lot of companies adapt to the challenges in our region, which has been dependent on the automotive industry. New technology companies are emerging or stepping into the limelight, taking advantage of the talented and diverse engineering base here in southeast Michigan. Change has been slow to start but is accelerating.

If you could change one thing about this region, what would it be?
Southeast Michigan has been a great region and will continue to be one. It is unfortunate that we are going through some rough times but it does not mean we will remain the same and we should continue to be persistent and invent new ways to conduct business.

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