DOTGO is the brand name of a powerful new mobile publishing platform that allows any company, brand, or web site to quickly, easily, and cheaply offer mobile services, with particular emphasis on text messaging.
DOTGO is a dynamic startup company that specializes in innovative mobile communications solutions. The company was founded by Stefan Gromoll and Kenneth M. Lanzetta in January 2007, was selected a co-winner of the Stony Brook University DARE entrepreneurial competition in May 2007, and was awarded Small Business Innovation Research Phase 1, 1b, and 2 grants by the National Science Foundation in January 2008, April 2008, and February 2009, respectively.
Kenneth M. Lanzetta, Co-Founder and President, Products
Kenneth M. Lanzetta obtained a BA in Physics from the University of Pennsylvania and a PhD in Physics from the University of Pittsburgh. He subsequently held a postdoctoral appointment at the Institute of Astronomy of the University of Cambridge in England and a Hubble Fellowship at the Center for Astrophysics and Space Sciences of the University of California, San Diego before joining the faculty of Stony Brook University. He is currently Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Stony Brook University. His research interests span various disciplines of observational cosmology, including quasar absorption lines, galaxy formation and evolution, and evolution of the intergalactic medium. He is a world-recognized expert on quasar absorption lines and on the development and application of image processing techniques utilizing large-scale scientific computing facilities for measurement of sensitive observations of faint galaxies. Seeking new challenges in a new endeavor, he co-founded DOTGO in January 2007 (together with Stefan Gromoll), identifying an exciting opportunity in the burgeoning mobile industry. At DOTGO, he holds the position of President, Products, in which role he is responsible for the conception and development of the company's products and innovation.
Stefan Gromoll, Co-Founder, President, Technology, and CEO
Stefan Gromoll obtained a BS in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, writing his senior thesis on particle physics at the CDF experiment at Fermilab in Chicago. He then worked as a software engineer for several software companies, including Ascend Communications and Harmonix, where he was exposed to and became expert in a variety of information technologies, including programming languages, web services, data base systems, and computer networks. He then enrolled as a PhD graduate student in the Department of Physics and Astronomy of Stony Brook University, where his research focused on using optimal measurement of extremely faint galaxies in sensitive observations obtained by the Hubble Space Telescope, the Spitzer Space Telescope, and other space- and ground-based telescopes to determine the comoving mass density of stars in galaxies versus cosmic epoch. While still a graduate student, he co-founded DOTGO in January 2007 (together with Kenneth M. Lanzetta), bringing his training in science and technology to bear to create a new paradigm for the mobile industry. At DOTGO, he holds the position of President, Technology, in which role he is responsible for the conception and development of the company's technology and strategy.
Board of Advisors
Douglas Busk obtained a BA in Political Science from Emory University in 1996. He subsequently held various senior-level management positions at technology and telecommunications companies, including Manager, CIMStudio at Cox Interactive Media, Area Manager, Proposal and Response Center at Cingular Wireless, Senior Manager at Consumer Data Alliances, Senior Manager, Third-Party Revenue at Cingular Wireless, Enterprise Product Development at Verizon Wireless, Associate Director, Messaging at Verizon Wireless, VP, Industry Relations at SinglePoint, VP, Digital Lifestyle at AMDOCS, and VP, Product Marketing at SpinVox. He curretly hold the position of EVP, Mobile Strategy and Business Development at Whoop, a software-as-service provider of tools that enable creation of downloadable applications for multiple smart device platforms simultaneously.
Katie Szczepaniak-Rice obtained a BS in Materials Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2001 and an Executive MBA at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business in 2009. She subsequently worked as a strategic market analyst for Cabot Corporation, as a consultant for Kline and Company, and as a field engineer for Schlumberger. She is currently an associate with Epic Ventures, formerly Wasatch Venture Fund, where she focuses on new investment opportunities within the IT and biotech sectors as well as the alternative energy, nanotech, and advanced materials markets. She currently serves as chair of the Nano-Network of New Mexico, serves on the board of NMBio, and assists on the boards of Aspen Avionics, Lumidigm, and Veralight.
National Science Foundation
DOTGO gratefully acknowleges significant financial support from the National Science Foundation (NSF) through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. The SBIR supports high-quality projects on important scientific, engineering, or science and engineering education problems and opportunities that could lead to significant commercial and public benefit if the research is successful. The fundamental mission of NSF is to promote discoveries and to advance education across the frontiers of knowledge in science and engineering.
Founded by Zions Bank in Salt Lake City in 1994, EPIC Ventures is a premier venture firm focused on early stage technology investments in Internet infrastructure, software and services and advance materials. EPIC helps to create companies, not just fund them. EPIC is focused on the Western States as well as opportunities presented in Boston and NYC. EPIC typically syndicates its investments with the most well know investors in the United States. EPIC's Fund IV is actively investing in creating the country's future information economy. For more information, please visit www.epicvc.com.
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