Bruce Leak

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Bruce Leak is an American inventor and entrepreneur. He was one of three co-founders of WebTV and is credited with making several major advances in the Macintosh operating system. Wired magazine described him as an "Apple Hero," saying that he "kick-started the multimedia revolution, bringing quality video to the Mac a year before anything even remotely comparable hit Windows."[1]


Leak graduated from Stanford University with bachelor's and master's degrees in electrical engineering and computer science. During his Stanford years, he worked at Microsoft on the initial versions of Word and Multiplan (Excel). He held senior management and engineering roles at Rocket Science Games and General Magic.


He began his career at Apple Computer, where he invented and brought to market QuickTime (1991)[2] and 32-bit QuickDraw.[1] '


He is one of the co-founders of WebTV Networks, a company founded in 1995 that enabled households to access the Internet through their televisions. He also served as the company's chief operating officer[3] and later president.[4] WebTV Networks was purchased by Microsoft in 1996 and absorbed into the Microsoft Network. Leak became the President of Microsoft's WebTV Network subsidiary.

Later career[edit]

Most recently, Leak was CEO and co-founder of Carrier IQ, a company that provides embedded analytics to the wireless industry through embedding diagnostic software in the mobile phone. He is an angel investor and participates on several company management boards.


  1. ^ a b "Apple Heroes and Villains", Wired, March 29, 2006
  2. ^ "Road to Mac OS X Leopard: QuickTime, iTunes, and Media Features", Apple Insider, October 25, 2007
  3. ^ "Browsing the Web via TV", Kansas City Star, July 11, 1996
  4. ^ "WebTV exec: Business humming, despite setbacks", CNET News, November 2, 1999

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