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Petro Taras Ostap Tyschtschenko (born 16 April 1943 in Vienna) is an Austrian-born German businessman best known for his work in the European market for the American computer company Commodore International.
Tyschtschenko's father fled from his former homeland Ukraine to Austria during World War I, and met his wife there. They married in 1941 and had a son, Petro, in 1943. The family later moved to Bavaria in Germany, where Petro went to school and did his armed service in the German Bundeswehr in 1966.
Tyschtschenko first came into contact with Commodore in 1982, when he saw a job advertisement in a newspaper. Salomon+Schimmelmann, a German headhunter company, was looking for a new business administrator for Commodore. Tyschtschenko immediately signed up for a job interview, but was not hired. However, he later received a telephone call from Harald Speyer, the director of Commodore's German market, saying he would want to hire Tyschtschenko as a business administrator and wanted him to start as soon as possible. Tyschtschenko immediately resigned from his current job at the company Addressograph-Multigraph and joined Commodore the next day.
Tyschtschenko later became the director of logistics for the whole European market at Commodore, responsible for the sales and delivery of Commodore VIC-20s and Commodore 64s all over Germany and other European countries. After Commodore bought the new computer start-up company Amiga Corporation, Tyschtschenko's duties expanded to the Amiga line as well. After Commodore went bankrupt, Tyschtschenko prevented the takeover by Commodore UK, the only remaining profitable entity. He would have been without a job in that situation since he was known as "Mehdi Ali's bag carrier" - Ali being Commodore's last CEO and former Managing Director - to the people running Commodore UK (i.e. David Pleasance). Instead, Tyschtschenko orchestrated the takeover of the Amiga productline by ESCOM, ensuring he himself would become president of the newly formed Amiga Technologies company.
Tyschtschenko is no longer professionally employed in the Amiga market. He has founded his own consulting company Power Service GmbH. Even though Tyschtschenko no longer works with Amigas, he is still active in the Amiga user and fan community, visiting numerous Amiga club meetings all over the world every year.
After an appearance at Amiga: 30 years in Amsterdam (an event to celebrate the 30th birthday of the Amiga computer), Tyschtschenko announced the sale of his Commodore/Amiga Technologies collection
Tyschtschenko is married since 1970 to his wife Erika and has a daughter Tanja (born 1972) and a son Taras (born 1974).
- "English video interview in which Petro tells his Commodore Story for Scene World Magazine". sceneworld.org.
- "What became of New Star Electronics?". www.amigospodcast.com.
- "Interview with Petro Tyschtschenko". www.mos6502.com.
- "Facebook thread regarding the sell of Petro's collection, its value and ownership". Facebook Amiga Group.
- Tyschtschenko, Petro: Meine Erinnerungen an Commodore und Amiga, self-published 2014, ISBN 978-3-9816579-0-6.
- Petro T. Tyschtschenko announces the sale of his Commodore collection: http://commodore.ninja/petro-t-tyschtschenko-announces-the-sale-of-his-commodore-collection/