It has been an amazing journey so far and we appreciate all the great feedback and excitement about the product. We have been working hard to collect all your feedback and review these ideas in our product planning sessions. The goal of the product team is to incorporate as many great ideas as possible without affecting the integrity of the product and our launch date. We hope that you will see many of your great ideas in the current or future releases. Over the last few weeks we have also received great product validation from various experts in the industry. They are all impressed with the feedback we have received from the Kickstarter community. We are delighted to announce that this team of experts have agreed to join the company's Advisory Board. We think you will agree they are all very accomplished in their respective fields and are a great addition to the myIDkey team.
New Advisory Board members include:
Mikko Hakkarainen: director engineering, Maxim Integrated Products, GE Research. As a versatile electrical engineer he has broad-based expertise in integrated circuit design and definition for consumer, medical, and wireless electronics applications. His designs for innovative products reinforce an organization's position as an industry leader. He also utilizes his extensive international experience and social acumen to develop and maintain visibility with customers worldwide.
Geir Magnusson Jr.: former CTO Viggle. He's served as a technical executive and leader for companies such as Gilt Groupe,10gen, Joost, Adeptra, Bloomberg and Intel, and has built systems and solutions for industries ranging from financial markets to digital audio. He also has broad experience in open source, having founded several significant open source projects, such as Apache Geronimo, Apache Harmony and Apache Velocity. He's also an international speaker on open source and software technology.
Dave Rand: chief technologist for internet content security for Trend Micro . He is responsible for creating innovative solutions to problems such as spam, phishing and pharming. Rand is a pioneer of network-layer spam blocking technologies and founded Kelkea which was acquired by Trend Micro. Prior to Kelkea, he co-founded AboveNet Communications, the co-location company with the largest IP network that went public in 1998 and was acquired by Metromedia Fiber Network in 1999. He has also held senior positions at Cisco, National Semiconductor, and Novell.
Harriet Seitler: CMO and executive vice president for both OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network and Harpo Studios. She oversees all marketing and social media strategies for both the network and the studio. Seitler is a Harpo veteran with more than 15 years' experience in promoting "The Oprah Winfrey Show" and launching key brand extensions and new media ventures that maximize its audience. Prior to working at Harpo, Seitler served as vice president, marketing at ESPN.
Leo Spiegel: managing partner at Mission Ventures, a Southern California venture capital firm that invests in early stage IT companies. Prior to joining Mission Ventures, Leo Spiegel was President of Digital Island, Inc., a leading provider of global e-business network and content delivery services. Leo joined Digital Island as a result of a merger with Sandpiper Networks, Inc., the world's first content delivery service provider for the Internet, where he was the chairman, president, and chief executive officer. In 2000, Leo won the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area.
More to do, lots of work ahead but with your support we know we will ship a great product later this year and we are looking forward to hearing how you are using the myIDkey in your everyday lives.