A bona fide pioneer of the mobile ecosystem
Dr Ronjon Nag inventor and serial entrepreneur is our prominent guest this week. In part one, Ronjon shares the fascinating start-up journey for his first three mobile technology companies selling out to Motorola andBlackberry. A pioneer of speech recognition and neural networks in the mid 1980’s, to the development of handwriting recognition AI and predictive text, Ronjon’s first company Lexicus was acquired by Motorola in the early 1990’s. His second company Cellmania concentrated on further mobile developments including a mobile search engine and the first App store in 1999, he sold to Blackberry in 2010. A truly gripping listen with more to come next week, in part two.
Dr. Ronjon Nag is an inventor, entrepreneur and a Stanford Distinguished Careers Institute Interdisciplinary Fellow based at the Stanford Center for Language and Information (CSLI). He is a founder and advisor/board member of multiple start-ups. His companies have been sold to Apple, BlackBerry, and Motorola. He has been awarded the Mountbatten Medal in the Royal Institution by the Institution of Engineering and Technology, and has been winner (Bounce Imaging-Board) of the $1m Verizon Powerful Answers Award.
He has been a pioneer of smartphones and the 'app stores' they depend on. He has worked on neural networks, touch screens, mobile search, voice recognition, text prediction and handwriting recognition.
• Invented new systems for interacting with mobile devices – predictive text, handwriting, and speech recognition resulting in a billion installs
• Invented app stores in 2000, resulting in billions of downloads
Produced by Mark Cotton, Twitter.
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