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GlobalPhone News

    2/11/2002 8:00:00 AM

GlobalPhone staffers take a break to catch some sun and to
think of how their telecom good deed is helping to save a
rare breed of monkey.

Company Profile

Location: Falls Church, Va., and

Business: WebCallback, International Callback, Phone Cards and various other niche telecommunication products

Top executive: Stephen McCarthy, President

Year founded: 1995

How long have you been at your current location? 3 1/2 years

How did you choose that location? We drew a circle on a map between the two founders’ homes and started looking for “For Rent” signs.

Number of employees when founded: 2

Current number: 22

How did you get your first financing? We used about $20,000 in personal savings.

Describe your company’s culture in a sentence: We are all good friends and have a great esprit de corps. Our people have lots of autonomy and make their own decisions.

How did the company choose its name? Since we started in a basement, we felt we needed an impressive sounding name, so we called the company GlobalPhone.

What is the longest commute and the shortest? The longest commute is 45 minutes from Manassas, Va., and the shortest is 10 minutes from Arlington, Va.

What nonwork-related achievement is your company most proud of? We give free phone accounts to various religious and wildlife organizations. The strangest one is the “Save the Bonobos Fund,” which seeks to protect a rare monkey.

What has been the company’s most embarrassing moment? We were doing a demo for the editor of Call Center Magazine and our switch crashed. Needless to say, she never wrote about our product.

What TV show does your office most resemble? “Hogan’s Heroes” because we are an international phone company with an eclectic mix of nationalities, so it would have to be.

What are the most popular amenities and events you offer employees? Free long-distance phone service, of course. Also, we reimburse out-of-pocket medical expenses up to $700 in addition to paying 100% of medical premiums.

Cite an unusual fact that few people outside the company know about: Two of our State Department customers died in the U.S. Embassy bombing in Kenya.

What public figure do you believe could best run the company? Michael Jordan would be our first choice because we want to grow up to be MCI someday, and he does a swell marketing job for them.