Cliff Kushler

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Cliff Kushler is an inventor and entrepreneur who co-founded Tegic, the company that created T9 predictive input software used on mobile devices, and Swype, a technology for using swiping motions to type words on touch-screen keyboards.[1] He previously founded Exbiblio[2] and worked on a product to help people who are unable to speak communicate.[1] Kushler holds 14 U.S. patents.[3]

Dr. Kushler co-founded Swype in 2002. Before founding Swype, Dr. Kushler was the VP of R&D at Tegic Communications/AOL Wireless. Tegic, which was also co-founded by Dr. Kushler, developed a very successful text input method for cell phones called “T9” and was acquired by America On-line in 1999. T9 is now licensed on hundreds of millions of cell phones each year. Dr. Kushler holds 17 US patents, numerous foreign patents, as well as a large number of pending applications. He has an MS in Computer Science from Michigan State University, and a PhD in Engineering from the University of Tokyo. He also speaks Japanese fluently.[4][5]


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  2. ^ Engleman, Eric (2007-07-15). "Startup's aim: Scan a printed page, get a website". Puget Sound Business Journal. Retrieved 2011-01-06. 
  3. ^ "Regional News: 'Finger Texting' for Mobile Phone Users". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. 2008-09-10. p. E2.  |section= ignored (help)
  4. ^ cliff, kusher. "cliff-kushler on CrunchBase Profile". 
  5. ^ "BusinessWeek Executive Profile".