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Affiliation: 
Versatility Energy Inc.
Title: 
CEO
Expertise: 
Space solar power, info technology, wireless power transmission, hybrid power and data transmission

Biography

Eric Hoffert has more than eighteen years of experience in developing collaborative enterprise software and digital media products at AT&T, Apple Computer, Inc., Bell Labs and new ventures. Most recently, he was the CTO of Emmperative, a joint venture with Procter and Gamble providing a collaborative extranet work platform. Previously, he was the Co-Founder, CTO, and Chairman of the Board for Magnifi. At Magnifi he developed award-winning and patented products and technologies to clients such as Boeing, AOL Time Warner, Coca-Cola, P&G, and Disney. For this work, he received the Computerworld Honors Award in 2001 placing a case history in the archives of the Smithsonian Institution. Prior to Magnifi, he managed Apple Computer's Multimedia Communications Group, where he co-founded the QuickTime software project and led development of the first real-time software video compression algorithm running on the QuickTime multimedia standard. The patented QuickTime technology he developed is now used on more than 100 million computers. He also developed patented multimedia networking technology that was licensed by Cisco Systems and incorporated into their Cisco Internet Operating System. While at Apple, Eric received the CEO Technical Award for the development of QuickTime software. Prior to joining Apple, Eric was a research scientist at AT&T's Bell Laboratories. He has published multiple papers, lectured widely around the world and holds eleven patents. He holds patents in the areas of Internet media indexing, digital video compression, brand asset management, knowledge management, and video webcasting. Eric has authored and co-authored peer reviewed papers and served as Program Chair, Co-Chair and Reviewer for the ACM and the IEEE, co-authored a book chapter on Scientific Visualization, and has lectured in Japan, France, England, Australia, Finland, Germany, etc. He currently serves on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Digital Asset Management. Eric holds a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from New York University, a Bachelor of Science degree in aerospace and mechanical engineering from Cooper Union, and a Master of Science degree in computer science from the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University. Eric has been widely quoted in the press and his work covered in the media including the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, The New York Times, Fortune, The Financial Times, CIO, Computerworld, Infoworld, PCWeek, etc.