En2go International Inc. Appoints Steve Wozniak to Its Board of Directors
LOS ANGELES, Jan. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — en2go International Inc. (“en2go” or the “Company”) (BULLETIN BOARD: ENGO) and its board of directors are extraordinarily pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Steve Wozniak to the Company’s board of directors.
Mr. Wozniak, “Woz” is a Silicon Valley icon and philanthropist, best known for shaping the personal computer industry by inventing the first personal computer, and co-founding Apple Computer in 1976 together with Apple Inc.’s Steve Jobs. His position on the en2go board and co-stewardship of the company’s team of diverse and eccentric talent, including en2ools(TM) inventor Tolga Katas and the legendary John Draper (a.k.a. “Captain Crunch”) is reminiscent of Mr. Wozniak’s Homebrew Computer Club. Homebrew was founded in a garage in March of 1975 at a time when the world was undergoing ground-breaking technological change and a start-up group of uninhibited developers and engineers, including Wozniak, Jobs and Draper profoundly influenced the direction of computer innovation.
En2go founder and CEO Tolga Katas shares Mr. Wozniak’s commitment to creating user-centric technology and is confident that his appointment will ignite the company’s already explosive creative culture. “We are ecstatic, as any technology company in the world would be, to have Mr. Steve Wozniak on our board of directors. Not only has he made world history in the computer industry, but programmers respect this man in a way that is unparalleled. He is an extraordinary human being on numerous levels and we are incredibly excited about our future together. We are humbled by his commitment to our team and also by his creative spirit,” says Katas.
en2go is a newly-emerged, California-based company, that looks beyond web 2.0 in the creation of digital entertainment and technology intelligence. The company is developing the next generation of super applications and digital solutions targeting lucrative desktop real estate — the billions of computer, television, PDA and mobile phone desktops in use worldwide. The en2go brain trust, founded by entrepreneur and developer extraordinaire Tolga Katas, comprises fellow developers whose individual and collective contributions to the computer and digital age are already recorded in the histories of the financial and entertainment industries. In en2go this pool has joined forces in a disruptive, next generation enterprise creating digital solutions 2go.
Last month the company announced the appointment of digital entertainment authority Ted Cohen as Chief Strategy Officer, to work closely with entertainment executive and en2go Chairman Paul Fishkin in steering the company through an exciting period of growth and increased capitalization. The addition of Mr. Wozniak adds immeasurable creative muscle to the existing en2go brain trust. The Wozniak announcement comes on the heels of the CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas, the largest show of its kind in the world, where Mr. Cohen was a featured speaker and moderator on the topics of social networks, IP litigation and royalty models, and new internet business models.
Mr. Wozniak shares en2go’s spirit of un-bridled, creative innovation and their vision of the digital future. “I very much look forward to working with en2go and, as part of their creative team, exploring ways to best apply en2go innovations to improve digital life at all levels. I believe in doing well by doing good and in en2go I’ve found some kindred spirits. The digital revolution is underway and it is powered by the user. I can’t wait to get in there and roll up my sleeves with Tolga,” says Mr. Wozniak.
Steve Wozniak: Mr. Wozniak, known to his friends and the computer industry as “Woz”, helped shape the computing industry with his design of Apple’s first line of products — the Apple I and II — and influenced the popular Macintosh. After co-founding Apple Computer with Steve Jobs in 1976, he introduced his Apple II personal computer, featuring a central processing unit, a keyboard, color graphics, and a floppy disk drive. For his achievements at Apple Computer, Steve was awarded the national Medal of Technology by the President of the United States in 1985, the highest honor bestowed on America’s leading innovators.
In 2000, Steve was inducted into the Inventors Hall of Fame and was awarded the prestigious Heinz Award for Technology, the Economy and Employment for “single-handedly designing the first personal computer and then redirecting his lifelong passion for mathematics and electronics toward lighting the fires of excitement for education in grade school students and their teachers.”
After leaving Apple in 1985, he has been involved in various business and philanthropic ventures, focusing primarily on computer capabilities in schools and stressing hands-on learning and encouraging creativity for students. Making significant investments of both his time and resources in education, Wozniak “adopted” the Los Gatos School District, providing students and teachers with hands-on teaching and donations of state-of-the-art technology equipment. He founded the Electronic Frontier Foundation and was the founding sponsor of the Tech Museum, Silicon Valley Ballet and the Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose.
Mr. Wozniak is currently Executive Vice President, Chief Technology Officer and Chief Visionary Officer for Jazz Technologies Inc. He co-founded the company with two other former Apple executives, Gilbert F. Amelio and Ellen M. Hancock. The company produces analog and mixed-signal semiconductor devices using specialty process technologies, including silicon germamium processes. Integrating analog and digital components on a single, mixed-signal semiconductor enables smaller and more highly integrated, power-efficient, feature-rich and cost-effective semiconductor devices.
Steve is a published author with the release of his autobiography, iWoz: From Computer Geek to Cult Icon, in September 2006 by Norton Publishing.
Tolga Katas: en2go’s Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Tolga Katas is a digital innovator, entrepreneur and tier one developer for numerous market-leading platforms. Tolga is self-taught over 25 years of living in and on the edge of the internet and the entertainment driven sub-culture and has an extraordinary following of international programmers. He is a street smart, innovative developer with the organic advantage of having no pre-conceived notions of what can or cannot be created. The emergence of en2go represents the culmination of 12 years work — the completion of thousands of pages of fundamental code called en2ools(TM), the proprietary underlying intelligence powering en2go super applications and the brain trust of en2go talent behind them. Tolga is empowered by the users of the internet and by what world wide web inventor Tim Berners-Lee first envisioned in 1989…”a web that could be made more intelligent and perhaps even intuitive about how to serve a user’s needs.”
Paul Fishkin: en2go’s Chairman Paul Fishkin is a forward-thinking entertainment executive with formidable industry contacts and millions of records to his credit. As the head of Bearsville Records and Modern Records, he signed and oversaw the recording careers of Foghat, Todd Rundgren and Stevie Nicks. He resurrected the singing career of Natalie Cole, developed gold artist Poe, and co-managed Twisted Sister, Kix and Rosie O’Donnell early in her career. Paul was an A&R consultant for Doug Morris (Chairman of Universal Group), and Tom Shadyac (director Ace Ventura, Liar Liar, Bruce Almighty, etc) for his record label 333 Music. Paul cut his music industry teeth working for and then becoming the partner of the legendary Albert Grossman, manager of Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, Peter Paul and Mary, Gordon Lightfoot, etc.
Ted Cohen: en2go’s Chief Strategy Officer Ted Cohen is known throughout the technology and music industries as being “part ambassador and part evangelist” in integrating his widespread digital authority in music, mobile, IPTV and products and service development. Ted was instrumental in crafting the licensing agreements upon which the Rhapsody subscription service and the iTunes Music Store were built. In his previous role as Senior VP Digital Development for EMI Music, he led next-generation digital business development world-wide for the “big four” record company. Prior to his role at EMI, Cohen served as Executive Vice President of Digital Music Network Inc, where he co-founded and served as Chairman of the ground-breaking Webnoize conferences. Ted is the Managing Partner of TAG Strategic and chairs MidemNet, the international music/technology conference held annually in Cannes.
John Draper: The legendary John Draper (a.k.a. Captain Crunch, or Crunchman) is an eccentric tier-one developer and online security expert best-known for hand writing EasyWriter, the first word processing program for Homebrew Computer Club colleagues Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs at Apple Computers in 1979. John later ported EasyWriter to the IBM PC, beating Bill Gates on the bid for the IBM contract. Mr. Draper is a senior developer and Chief Technology Officer for en2go.
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