Mokady, former Microsoft director, appointed CEO of Pogo Mobile Solutions
Pogo Mobile Solutions to focus on developing IP licensing model
Technology platform provides unparalleled usability at an affordable price
London, England, December 12, 2002 - Pogo Mobile Solutions today announced
that it has acquired the relevant assets of Pogo Technology Ltd and
appointed Ran Mokady, wireless data pioneer and former Microsoft director of
feature phone platforms, as chief executive officer.
Mokady is joined on the new company's management team by two former Pogo
Technology executives, Stephen Wolff and Matthew Woolf, who become
commercial director and chief technology officer respectively. In addition,
around 15 of Pogo Technology's talented team of hardware and software
engineers have been re-hired by Pogo Mobile Solutions.
The new team will position Pogo as an IP (intellectual property) licensing
company and work with partners to deliver an easy to use, competitively
priced, totally integrated, end-to-end mobile data solution over GSM and
GPRS networks. "We have acquired some great technology and a highly
experienced team of specialists and plan to transform this business into a
successful IP licensing operation," said Ran Mokady, CEO of Pogo Mobile
Pogo Mobile Solutions will focus on licensing its distributed technology
platform, the Pogo Distributed Architecture, incorporating its unique
patent-pending compression algorithms, device and network software, to third
parties including cellular operators, original equipment/design
manufacturers, and other service providers.
"In building the Pogo mobile web browsing device (available since February
2002 through The Carphone Warehouse and other selected retailers), the team
at Pogo have shown their ability to deliver an out-of-the-box mobile web
browsing experience without the usual requirement for complex setup and
configuration," added Ran Mokady.
"My aim has always been to protect end users from the complexity of the
technology behind mobile data devices. I look forward to working with the
new team to deliver our licensing partners a similarly simple, easy to use
and cost effective solution for a range of mobile data applications."
According to market analysts, sales of personal digital assistants (PDAs)
are expected to bounce back in 2003 onwards following a sluggish year in
2002. Market research company International Data Corporation (IDC) forecast
this week that worldwide converged device (PDA/handset) shipments would
reach 63 million within five years.
"With sales of the new breed of converged devices set to explode in coming
years, we believe that our end-to-end solution will be an extremely
attractive proposition for companies entering the market," added Mokady.
"Our technology enables a simple to use, connected, PDA experience at mobile
phone prices, delivering enhanced functionality at a lower cost."
About Pogo Mobile Solutions ( http://www.pogo-tech.com )
Pogo Mobile Solutions provides licensing partners with a cost-efficient,
totally integrated, end-to-end mobile data solution over GSM and GPRS
networks. Focused on delivering an easy to use, out-of-the-box experience,
the company licenses its distributed technology platform, including its
unique Pogo patent-pending compression algorithms, device and network
software, to wireless operators, equipment manufacturers and other service
Ran Mokady, chief executive officer, Pogo Mobile Solutions
Since the mid-80s, Ran Mokady has been at the forefront of the digital
revolution. His career includes a period as director of feature phone
platforms at Microsoft. As such, he had overall responsibility for
Microsoft's worldwide activities in the feature phone space, management of a
trans-Atlantic cross functional team, and participation in a group advising
Microsoft's executive management on worldwide wireless strategy.
Mokady joined Microsoft when STNC Ltd. - a groundbreaking company that
developed microbrowser and mobile Internet solutions for the mobile phone
industry - became the first Microsoft acquisition in the UK in over a
decade. As founder, president and CEO, he had built STNC from a two-person
start-up into a multi-million dollar international company, the first to
integrate microbrowsers into mass-market mobile phones, with a customer base
that included Sony and Ericsson among others.
Today, as well as his role at Pogo Mobile Solutions, Mokady retains a small
shareholding in Commtag, a wireless company he founded in mid 2000. He is
also on the advisory board of a number of international companies including
ART - Advanced Recognition Technologies (a leader in voice and networking
technology), and Cognima Ltd (a leader in replication technology). He also
manages a small number of angel investments in early stage UK high
technology private companies.
Photographs of Ran and the other members of the management team are
available on request in print and electronic formats.
Martin Brooke Associates
+44 (0) 1223 264050
+44 (0) 7776 135402
Pogo Mobile Solutions
+44 (0) 20 7961 4100
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