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A co-founder of TiVo, Inc., he served as TiVo?s Vice President of Research and Development, Chief Technical Officer and Director from its inception in 1997 to January 2004. He and co-founder, Mike Ramsay were veterans of Silicon Graphics and Time Warner's Full Service Network digital video system. Originally intending to create a home network device, they later developed the idea to record digitized video on a hard disk. TiVo Inc. was incorporated on August 4, 1997 as "Teleworld, Inc.". Teleworld began the first public trials of the TiVo device and service in late 1998 in the San Francisco Bay area. After exhibiting at the Consumer Electronics Show in January 1999, Mike Ramsay announced to the company that the first version of the TiVo digital video recorder would ship on March 31, 1999, despite an estimated four to five months of work remaining to complete the device. Teleworld, Inc. renamed themselves to TiVo Inc. on July 21, 1999. TiVo Inc. made its IPO (Initial Public Offering) on September 30, 1999. The original TiVo device digitized and compressed analog video from any source (antenna, cable or direct broadcast satellite). In late 2000, Philips Electronics introduced the DSR6000, the first DirecTV receiver with an integrated TiVo DVR. This new device, nicknamed the DirecTiVo, stored digital signals sent from DirecTV directly onto a hard disk. He holds a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering and received his M.S. degree in Computer Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1982. While working on his Master?s Degree, he began his career at Bell Laboratories. He held technical and management positions at Hewlett-Packard and Bell Laboratories. From January 1990 to May 1991, he served as Vice President and General Manager for the Systems Software Division of Silicon Graphics, Inc. (SGI); and as Vice President and General Manager of the Media Systems Division from June 1993 to November 1994. From November 1994 to May 1996, he served as Chief Technical Officer of Interactive Digital Solutions Company, a joint venture of Silicon Graphics Incorporation (SGI) and AT&T Network Systems created to develop interactive television systems. From June 1996 to August 1997, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Network Age Software, Inc., a company that he founded to develop software products targeted at managed electronic distribution. He was awarded the IEEE Masaru Ibuka Consumer Electronics Award for inventing the modern digital video recorder, which allows consumers to view television programming on their own schedules. He co-founded TiVo Inc. and set the technical vision for the company.
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    Inventor of the modern digital video recorder, which allows consumers to view television programming on their own schedules; and co-founder of TiVo Inc.
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