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Wendell Brown

Wendell Brown

Inventor, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist

Las Vegas Nevada
Timezone: America/Chicago

Wendell Brown’s name is known among classic video game fans for his work in the early 1980s (1982-1985) writing and designing several best-selling games for Imagic including Star Wars for ColecoVision, and Beauty & the Beast1, Nova Blast 2, and Moonsweeper titles for Mattel’s Intellivision.

He invented and designed ADAP, the world’s first direct-to-hard-disk audio-recording system. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, ADAP was used to create and edit the soundtracks of Hollywood movies and TV shows, including the TV pilot of Beverly Hills, 90210, and by recording artists including Peter Gabriel, Fleetwood Mac and The Pointer Sisters. With his ADAP expertise, Brown was called upon by Disney and Toshiba as a consultant for various sound projects. He later worked as a telecommunications cryptography expert with National Semiconductor to help build hardware implementations of DS3 algorithms.

As co-founder and chairman of LiveOps Inc., Brown was the key inventor of the “work-at-home call center agent” industry. In 2001, Brown co-founded CallCast, which later became LiveOps, and served as its chairman and chief technology officer. The company is one of the largest outsourced work-at-home call centers in the world with more than 20,000 work-at-home agents employed. Brown created a VoIP system enabling desktop and laptop PC users to send and receive phone calls over the Internet, called Teleo, a company which he co-founded and chaired. Teleo was acquired by Microsoft in 2005.

Brown also created the eVoice voicemail platform, the first large-scale, Internet-enabled voicemail system. Brown pioneered techniques such as voicemail-to-email, visual voicemail, enhanced caller ID7, innovations later deployed by Google Voice and Apple. eVoice supplied voicemail solutions to AT&T, MCI, AOL, as well as to many regional companies. eVoice was acquired by AOL Time-Warner in 2001. The eVoice platform became part of the AOL voice services group.

As a Silicon Valley angel investor he has helped get funding for several startup companies, including ADISN, WebDiet, and IronPort. IronPort was acquired by Cisco Systems in 2007 for $830 million. Brown is a licensed private pilot and is interested in the development of new airplane, rocket, and electric vehicle designs. An active inventor, Wendell Brown has more than 40 U.S. and international patent applications issued or pending in the fields of telecommunications, electric car technology, and online music distribution. Brown’s philanthropic endeavors include the endowment of a named scholarship at Soka University of America (Aliso Viejo, California), support for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Aviation Safety Lab & Library, and private sponsorship of underprivileged students in South America.

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  • JoinedDecember 12, 2011

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