Dael Perlov passed away last night after a long battle with pancreatic cancer at the age of just 45.
Most every time I tell someone the story of Billing Bureau, I mention Dael. We met back in the mid 1990s when he was at Optus, and worked in the nascent wholesale division. We had just developed our very first billing system for a company called ‘Equal Access’, and through them met with their account executive Dael.
At the time, everyone was struggling with billing. Optus didn’t even have a wholesale billing system. They would deliver a stack of 3.5″ floppy disks with the call data records and we would import them into the billing system and then “reverse bill” Optus for the correct wholesale price.
He mentioned to me one day that another one of his customers – Axicorp – were having some billing system challenges and suggested that perhaps I could help them. A light bulb went off in my head – was this the vertical market software opportunity I had been looking for? We ended up licencing a newly developed rating engine to Axicorp (who later became Primus), and continued on the path to become billing specialists. I am forever in his debt for this thoughtful introduction that was so pivotal in the development of my business.
Dael went on to co-found Total Tel International with Peter Cook (a former Billing Bureau customer), and ended up leaving the industry and co-founding public company Lifestyle Communities.
He battled his illness for several years, but remained positive and continued living life to the best of his abilities, and a bit more. A true mensch who will be sorely missed.
The Billing Bureau “family” extend our condolences to his family and wish them long life.
“May God comfort you with the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem”