Wolfram Alpha LLC Deploys Innovation-Focused Business Strategy
Names Social and Virtual Communities Pioneer Luc Barthelet as Executive
January 14, 2011—Technology innovation meets
business innovation as Wolfram Alpha LLC, creator of the groundbreaking
knowledge engine, has recruited Luc
Barthelet—a pioneer in online social and virtual worlds—to
company's strategic business development.
"Computable knowledge is just fascinating. Wolfram|Alpha is building
the Star Trek computer. It turns everyone into an expert. We, and others,
have the potential to build truly innovative products by injecting them
with the knowledge and computational power of Wolfram|Alpha," said Luc
Barthelet. The company is actively forging partnerships that will bring
the computational power of Wolfram|Alpha to search, mobile platforms,
multiple OSes, app stores, and cloud-based solutions throughout the
U.S., Europe, and Asia.
Barthelet is a long-time expert user of Wolfram Mathematica, the
technology that powers Wolfram|Alpha, and is the creator and
administrator of Mathematica-users.org. He has been collaborating
closely with Wolfram Research for nearly 20 years.
"I've been hoping to get Luc involved in our business for many years.
I'm happy that we've found a fit and I'm excited to be working closely
with Luc," said Stephen Wolfram, President and CEO of Wolfram Alpha LLC
and Wolfram Research.
Barthelet has had a sequence of successes launching startups in the
social and virtual world communities. In 1988, his first software
startup was acquired by Electronic Arts (EA). He went on to work at EA
for 20 years, first leading the development of Paint products. Then he
became the chief technology officer as well as the manager of the
Entertainment Studio in San Mateo. He was responsible for leading
product development for titles such as The Sims, SimCity 3000, and The
Sims Online. In late 2010, Barthelet's online virtual gaming community
TirNua was acquired by RockYou.
Earlier this week, Wolfram Alpha LLC unveiled a consumer-focused
update to the www.wolframalpha.com site. On Wednesday, the company released the
first three in a planned series of Wolfram Course Assistant Apps for the
iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. The company plans to build custom mobile
apps for many of today's popular courses. Wolfram Course Assistant Apps
use an intuitive interface that guides students through their coursework
to help them solve problems, not just give them answers. Wolfram has a
pipeline of releases planned for 2011.