Wendell Brown is an American computer scientist, entrepreneur, and inventor best known for his innovations in Internet, entertainment, telecommunications, virtual workforce, and energy efficiency technologies. Brown has founded several well-known companies, including Teleo, LiveOps, Nularis, and eVoice.
A prolific inventor, Brown has more than 120 U.S. and international patent applications issued or pending in the fields of telecommunications, virtual workforce services, electric car technology, mobile phone peripherals, LED lighting, insurance, 3D cameras, biodiesel processing, food packaging, and online music distribution.
Brown invented and patented a method of using mobile phones to count food consumption to improve health. Launched in 2008, the iPhone app "WebDiet" was the first app to count calories and automate meal coaching.
Brown's patented telecommunications technologies have been used to connect more than 1 billion minutes of phone calls, and are used in millions of voicemail accounts.
In January 2012, Brown's energy efficiency innovations were honored by the World Economic Forum in Davos as a Technology Pioneer Award Nominee, and in May 2012 his inventions in the mobile phone sector won the CTIA Smartphone Emerging Technology Award.
Brown is a founding father of the "work-at-home call center agent" industry. Brown co-founded LiveOps, and served as its chairman and chief technology officer from 2001. As of 2013, the company had the world's largest work-at-home call agent workforce with more than 20,000 agents employed, and its cloud platform had processed more than one billion minutes of customer service interactions. LiveOps has designed call center solutions for Coca-Cola, Pizza Hut, 1-800-Flowers, Snap-on Tools, OfficeMax, eBay, Amway, and ADT, among others. Brown's virtual call center patent has also been widely licensed to the nation's largest call center companies.
Brown co-founded Nularis Energy Solutions in 2010, a developer and supplier of high-efficiency LED lighting systems for residential, retail, hospitality and government sectors. Nularis LED clients include Hyatt Hotels, Four Seasons Hotels, and The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, among others. Brown serves as chairman.
As a Silicon Valley angel investor Brown has helped obtain funding for several successful startup companies, including ADISN, WebDiet, MOEO, and IronPort. IronPort was acquired by Cisco Systems in 2007 for US$830 million.
Brown co-founded Teleo in 2004 where he created a VoIP system enabling desktop and laptop PC users to send and receive phone calls over the Internet. Teleo was acquired by Microsoft in 2005 and became part of Microsoft's MSN group.
In 2002, Brown was recognized as one of the Top 100 leading computer industry executives by MicroTimes Magazine.
Brown was co-founder and chairman of eVoice from 1999, where he created the eVoice voicemail platform, the world's first large-scale, Internet-enabled voicemail system. He patented techniques such as voicemail-to-email, visual voicemail, and enhanced caller ID, innovations later deployed by Google Voice and Apple. eVoice supplied voicemail solutions to AT&T, MCI, AOL, as well as to regional phone companies. eVoice was acquired by AOL Time-Warner in 2001, and became part of the AOL voice services group.
Brown co-founded WalkSoftly in 1996, which developed PC security and support software. WalkSoftly was acquired by CyberMedia Inc. in 1997.
Brown's name is known among classic video game fans for his work in the 1980s writing and designing several best-selling games for Imagic including Star Wars for ColecoVision, and Beauty & the Beast, Nova Blast, and Moonsweeper titles for Mattel's Intellivision.
In the mid-1980s Brown developed the ADAP SoundRack system, a pioneering direct-to-hard-disk audio recording system that replaced the traditional method of tape-splice sound editing. ADAP was used to create and edit soundtracks of Hollywood movies and TV shows, including "Born on the Fourth of July," "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids," "Die Hard," "The Cosby Show," "Falcon Crest," and the TV pilot of "Beverly Hills 90210." ADAP was also used by recording artists Peter Gabriel, Fleetwood Mac, The Pointer Sisters, Motley Crue, David Bowie, and Natalie Cole, and others.
With his ADAP expertise, Brown was called upon by The Walt Disney Company and Toshiba as a consultant for sound projects. Brown later worked as a telecommunications cryptography expert with National Semiconductor to help build hardware implementations of DS3 algorithms.
Brown also founded Hippopotamus Software in the 1980s, an early software developer for the Apple Macintosh. The "Hippo-C" C compiler went on to become a leading software development environment for the Mac and Atari ST computer systems.
Early Life and Education:
Brown grew up in the city of Oneonta, New York and graduated from Oneonta High School. While in high school, Brown began programming and selling personal computer systems, and published his first computer article in Byte (magazine). In 2013, he was honored with a permanent plaque on Oneonta High School's Wall of Distinction for his accomplishments in business and technology.
Brown graduated from Cornell University in 1982, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. While at Cornell, Brown was awarded a Hughes Aircraft Bachelors of Science Undergraduate Fellowship.
Brown is an advisory committee member of the Progressive X Prize for automobile innovation including new fuel technologies and electric car development, an advisor to the MITA Institute Venture Fund, as well as an advisor to Gener8, a stereoscopic 3D movie company with film credits including "The Amazing Spider-Man" and "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2".
He is a frequent speaker and participant in communities including the World Economic Forum,TED (conference),CTIA - The Wireless Association, AlwaysOn ("Networking the Global Silicon Valley"), El Financiero (Bloomberg), and the Mita Institute Tech Talks.
Brown is also a licensed private pilot and is active in the development of new airplane, rocket, and electric vehicle designs.
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.