Asterisk Phone System: Riding Telecom’s First Waves

Youthful naïveté played to Mark Spencer’s advantage in 1999, when the 21-year-old, working out of his Auburn University dorm room, launched Asterisk — an open-source software-based phone system. The willingness to spend sleepless nights perfecting codes and the confidence to ignore older naysayers motivated the computer engineering major. But knowing too much can be a…

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