Bandwidth CEO relies on a higher calling to build Raleigh firm into $2B success

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— by WRAL TechWire

RALEIGH – Bandwidth , a Triangle-born provider of communications-related services that has grown into a venture with global reach, might be riding high at the moment after recently hitting the $2 billion valuation mark.

But as its founder and CEO David Morken can attest, it hasn’t always been smooth sailing. He credits one thing for getting him through: his Christian faith.

“I’m a Jesus freak,” he proudly admits during a recent interview at Bandwidth’s headquarters at NC State’s Centennial Campus.

“It’s near and dear to me.”

Back in 1999, the young attorney-turned-entrepreneur, fresh from serving in the Marine Corps as a judge advocate, co-founded the Raleigh-based software communications company in a friend’s spare bedroom.

However, success didn’t just happen overnight. He refused to give up in the face of multiple challenges.

“I crawl under my desk and pray often. That’s me,” says Morken, who was born into a family of faith with grandparents as missionaries.

“The highs and the lows are extreme. You stare into the void of probabilities that are really low, and in my experience, if I don’t have faith and my God at the center of my life, I can’t do it.”

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