Ran Mokady, the former director of Microsoft Corp’s feature phone platforms at its Mobile Devices division, has become CEO of a new operation that has acquired the assets of Pogo Technology Ltd, and now plans to license the company’s technology platform for a range of mobile data applications.
London, UK-based Pogo Technology offered a handheld device that operated as a thin client and claimed that with its compression technology, users could download web pages and emails at 3G like speeds over GSM networks. However, poor sales of the device pushed the company into liquidation, and now Mokady has become CEO of Pogo Mobile Solutions which has bought the company’s assets and rehired key staff.
It may appear strange that a company dedicated to overcoming the speed limitations of GSM and GPRS networks is springing into life at a time when the first 3G devices are arriving on the market that make their technology redundant. However, Mokady sees a 10-year timeframe for the product because he believes that will be how long it is before 3G becomes as prevalent as GSM is today.
There are now a plethora of mobile platforms, but what gives Pogo credibility is Mokady. He is a veteran in a young industry and one of the founders of microbrowser developer STNC Ltd. When Microsoft bought the company in 1999, Mokady joined the company as director of Feature Phone Platforms at its Mobile Devices Division. He left the company the following year to join Cambridge, UK-based Commtag, a mobile middleware vendor.