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On the Move: Steelbridge Networks
Trenton has its first wireless "hotspot," a
restaurant where you can bring your laptop and get wireless access.
It has been installed by Steelbridge Networks LLC, a company founded
by Craig O. Allsopp and Greg Baber, located in Hopewell and Yardley,
Allsopp, a Dow Jones Interactive alumnus, has founded three or four
previous companies, depending on which way you count. Internet
Group, with news and marketing databases for vertical markets, was
his first venture. He moved it to Newtown and spun off different
the most profitable being Commercial Real Estate Direct. He and Baber
spent 2002 exploring the energy business. Now Allsopp’s consulting
company, the Harbourton Group, works with Steelbridge.
Allsopp and Baber hope to "unwire" the capitol — to
a high-speed wireless Internet network in Trenton and then expand
to Princeton and Lambertville. Their first wireless "hotspot"
is at Cafe Ole on South Warren Street. The Internet connection —
the 802.11b communications standard known as Wi-Fi — is located
in the Tramp Steamer building on Lafayette Street and uses antennas
to reach users inside the building and at points within a 300-foot
radius. Those at the restaurant — actually anybody in the
neighborhood — can use this wireless access with their laptop
or handheld computer to surf the Internet for free for now.
Trenton joins Athens, Georgia, and Long Beach, California, in the
attempt to use wireless connectivity to revitalize a town. "We
want to actively partner with the city and with business owners and
landlords to promote Trenton as a technology center," says
O. Allsopp. 609-466-3100; fax, 609-499-9408.
After a year and a half of living under the cloud of
sexual harassment charges, Parag Pruthi, CEO of Niksun Inc. at 1100
Corwnwall Drive, was declared not guilty of any charge last week.
Judge Mary Casey presided over the two-day trial in South Brunswick’s
"The judge questioned the credibility of the complaining witness,
and cited the `airtight’ defense," says Joseph Bennett, Pruthi’s
New Brunswick-based attorney. The original charges (which included
criminal sexual assault) had been downgraded to one disorderly persons
The complainant, a woman, had been hired as Pruthi’s administrative
assistant in August, 2001, Bennett said. Within six weeks after she
started work, there were documented complaints from other employees
about her performance. "She was given a list of priorities in
order for her to retain her job, and six days later she went to the
police," Bennett says. A civil suit is pending.
It is part of his family’s religious tradition, Parag Pruthi said
in a previous interview, to work hard and leave all else up to God
(U.S. 1, April 26, 2000). While he was working to clear his name,
Pruthi ceded the CEO position of the company he founded to his father,
Satish Pruthi, an entrepreneur who had started several companies.
Parag Pruthi is a graduate of Stevens Institute, Class of 1987, and
has a master’s in computer science and a PhD in telecommunications.
He worked for Bellcore and founded this company five years ago. The
name of the company is the shortened version of the names of the
two sons. The 60-person firm offers non-intrusive network monitoring,
performance and security enhancement, and equipment for IP networks.
08852. Satish Pruthi, CEO. 732-821-5000; fax, 732-821-6000.
Simpson, SC 29681. 864-286-6247; fax, 864-286-6256.
Just in time for New Jersey’s hard winter, Tina Schumacher moved the
1 Palmer Square office of Princeton Investment Partners to near
South Carolina. Schumacher and her husband — who can also work
from their home — are enjoying winter golf.
The owners of the company also have offices in Florida and on South
Main Street in Pennington.
an early computer at the Institute for Advanced Study.
architect based in Philadelphia, he did the landscape design for the
French Dry Cleaners on South Tulane Street.
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