Finnigan USA was formed in 1988 by Paul Finnigan offering consulting services in voice technologies specializing in strategic planning, business development and application design for major voice service providers and equipment manufacturers worldwide.
Paul Finnigan, Dow Brian and Paula Paige had formed Voicemail International in 1979 to provide the recording and delivery of Voicemail messages and information by telephone. By 1987, Public Telephone companies in 14 countries were offering VMI's trademarked Voicemail® service through 35 regional centers in the U.S., Europe, Scandinavia and the Pacific Rim. In addition, an equal number of private centers serving Airlines, Financial Centers, News Agencies, TV and Movie producers and Paging companies.
In 1983, Finnigan co-founded the International Voicemail Association, serving as its President until 2000. The VMA membership eventually included service providers and equipment vendors worldwide. FUSA organized and managed semi-annual conferences for the VMA with over 200 members sharing ideas and experiences with a wide variety of applications during this early period of voice innovation. The VMA is credited with the creation of international standards governing the design of voice services, critical to the worldwide proliferation of voicemail services.
Finnigan USA engagements from 1988 to 2000 included major telecommunications companies, leading voicemail equipment vendors, newspaper publishers, patent enforcement litigators and computer manufacturers. FUSA's final engagement was four years serving Microsoft Corporation in coordinating third party application development.
In 1999, FUSA was a founding member of the board for NetNumber Corporation, providing patented core technology relating to a global directory service that today serves virtually all major wireless operators worldwide!