Name: Xyrous Communications LLC
Big idea: Setting up networks in developing countries, then selling network capacity to carriers transmitting Internet-phone calls to those countries.
Founded: December 2003
Web site: www.xyrous.com
Who's in charge: Nersi Zand, co-founder, president and chief executive; David Kovach, co-founder and general counsel
Funding: The co-founders' money and a line of credit from banks
Revenue: $1 million in 2004. The company is profitable.
Big-name clients: The largest U.S. carriers and about 50 smaller carriers that interconnect with Xyrous's network
Origin of company name: The founders wanted to name the company Cyrus, after a famous Persian king, but that name was taken, so the company settled on a phonetically similar name.