Ohio Surveillance Firm i2c Wants Cameras to Go High-Tech

Company works on challenges of camera hand-offs, night vision, increased resolution

He has also been invaluable determining where cameras should be installed, instinctively knowing where the best shots will come from, Doak said.

i2c now employs a dozen people -- most in software development or sales, and Doak said he's putting to use some important lessons learned from Genesis.

"It's not an inverted funnel here, where money flows up to the top," he said. "The goal here is to share it across the board with our employees and really treat them extremely well."

And unlike Genesis, Doak isn't interested in growing i2c in order to sell it to a competitor.

With Genesis, financial investors turned out to be "money-hungry venture capitalists," Doak said, "and I learned a very valuable lesson about getting in bed with financial investors who are motivated solely by money. That was a major wake-up call."

"This company will stay close-knit, privately owned," he said. "There are no private investors right now. It's completely owned by Bryon and myself and we want to keep it that way."

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