Andy Rubin, a Danger co-founder and former CEO and President of the company, brings more than a decade of experience in consumer products and technology to Danger's Board of Directors.
Before co-founding Danger, Andy led the communications engineering team at WebTV Networks. He was instrumental in building and shipping WebTV, the first interactive television-based Internet service, which was acquired by Microsoft in 1995.
Prior to WebTV, Andy designed and implemented the communications capabilities for General Magic's handheld devices. In 1993, Andy led the effort to ship the Motorola Envoy, one of the first wireless PDAs (personal digital assistants). Andy has also held various leadership roles focused on communications technology with Apple Computer, where he and his team shipped the world's first host-based software modem. In his spare time, Andy enjoys tinkering with his mobile robot. Some of his robotic creations can be found wandering the galleries at the Tech M...
As Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President of Software for Danger, Joe Britt is responsible for the intellectual property and software aspects of Danger's technology. Joe brings more than 12 years of experience building consumer products to Danger. His specialty is designing system software for consumer electronic devices.
Prior to co-founding Danger, Joe spent over four years at WebTV Networks, which was acquired by Microsoft in 1995. As the first non-founding employee, he was responsible for the architecture and creation of the system software used in the WebTV set-top boxes. Joe was involved in the design of every hardware product shipped by WebTV and has been awarded five patents as a result of his work.
Before WebTV, Joe worked at Catapult Entertainment, since acquired by Hearme. Joe was part of the team that created the Xband Video Game Network that enabled multi-player gaming over the Internet. Joe contributed to the system software as well as the te...
As Senior Vice President of Hardware, Matt Hershenson brings a wealth of experience to Danger. He is responsible for Danger's hardware engineering, development and design efforts.
Before co-founding Danger, Matt managed the hardware group at Mainbrace Corporation, a Windows CE systems integrator. Prior to Mainbrace Corporation, Matt served in various roles at Philips Electronics. During his tenure with the Philips Mobile Computing Group, he was responsible for the hardware of the Velo-1 handheld PC, one of the first Windows CE devices. While at Philips Semiconductors, Matt served as a systems architect, where he played an integral role in the design of numerous consumer handheld devices, including the Sharp Mobilon, Philips Nino, and the Compaq C-series.
Before Philips, Matt was a hardware engineer with Catapult Entertainment, since acquired by Hearme. He was part of the team that turned the vision of multi-player gaming over the Internet into a reality. He handled al...
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Danger was able to break into the US market by convincing wireless carriers to adopt a fixed rate pricing scheme for the device, which is almost essential in the minds of Americans for using services like AIM and web surfing. The Asian and European markets are further ahead and calls are cheaper, making it more difficult for the Hiptop to be profitable.
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