David Isenberg

isen.com, LLC
Cos Cob , CT

In 1997, David S. Isenberg wrote an essay entitled, The Rise of the Stupid Network: Why the Intelligent Network was a Good Idea Once but isn't Anymore.  In it, Isenberg (then a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff at AT&T Laboratories) examined the technological bases of the existing telecom business model, laid out how the communications business would be changed by new technologies, foresaw today's cataclysms, and imagined tomorrow's new network. 

Isenberg has written articles for Fortune, USA Today, IEEE Spectrum, MSNBC, Communications Week International, Light Reading, Business 2.0, America's Network, VON Magazine and ACM Networker.  Isenberg advises a number of new telecommunications companies and their investors.  He serves as a member of TechBrains (the Merrill Lynch technology strategy advisory board).  He sits on advisory boards of CallWave, LaunchCyte, Broadband Physics, Terabeam and YottaYotta

Isenberg is a Fellow of Glocom, the Institute for Global Communications of the International University of Japan.  He is a Founding Advisor of the World Technology Network.  He was a judge of the World Communications Awards in 1999 and 2001.

In his 12-year career at AT&T, Isenberg was a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff with AT&T Labs Research, the part of Bell Labs that stayed with AT&T after the 1996 “trivestiture.” Before that, he held AT&T Bell Labs technical positions in Consumer Long Distance, in Network Services, and in the PBX business unit. Before AT&T, Isenberg was employed by Mattel and Verbex, and did consulting work in voice processing for Milton Bradley, National Semiconductor, GTE Labs, and others. Isenberg holds a Ph.D. in biology from the California Institute of Technology but also learned much science growing up in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. His upbringing centered around two principles: (1) Research is useful, and (2) If you are going to fish, use a big hook.