Vonage’s Smooth Operator

Business 2.0: Jeffrey Citron, Smart Entrepreneur of the year. He raised gobs of money and now is using it to battle the giants and minnows alike.

With more than 400 smaller VOIP outfits chasing Vonage, and with the telecoms circling, Vonage’s venture windfall is just as much a bet on Citron as it is on his company. ‘He’s the rare guy with a tremendous command of both the minute details and the overall strategy,’ says J. Sanford Miller, managing director of 3i. ‘You don’t often see that in a CEO.”