Redstart Systems is dedicated to improving the speech interface. Our
products are shaped by real-world user experience and cutting-edge research
in cognition, linguistics, networking and human behavior.
Utter Command makes using speech to control a computer fast and easy
because it follows an easy-to-remember human-machine grammar. At Redstart
Systems we use Utter Command for our day-to-day work.
Redstart Systems was an Entrepreneur
Showcase company at the 11th MIT Venture Capital Conference.
Board of Directors
Kimberly Patch is president and founder of Redstart Systems.
In her previous life as a journalist she was a founding editor of the
science and technology Web publication Technology Research News. While
there she wrote custom speech interface software to enable hands-free
writing, editing and production of the weekly publication. Redstart
Systems' Utter Command speech interface software and the Human-Machine
Grammar that underpins Utter Command grew from that experience.
Kim was a writer and editor for 20 years, and began writing
about technology in 1988. She was a metro reporter in Washington D.C.
for United Press International, founded the Internet beat as a Senior
Editor at PC Week, and freelanced for many publications and news services
including the Associated Press, Reuters, the Boston Globe, the San Jose
Mercury News, Computerworld, Popular Mechanics, Technology Review, CIO,
InfoWorld, Information Week and Network World.
Kim has given presentations on Utter Command and Redstart Systems
at SpeechTEK, SpeechTEK West, Closing the Gap, the MIT Venture Capital
Conference Entrepreneur Showcase and the Assistive Technology Industry
Association (ATIA) conference.
Kim also plays the fiddle.
Kim began using speech recognition software 15 years ago after
she was hit with repetitive strain injuries. To learn more about her
experiences, see Greetings from planet
RSI: an attempt to explain what it's like to have hands that hurt all
the time and Advice from planet RSI: how
to get better.
Rick Mohr holds a PhD in computer science from Yale University
and has worked as a software architect and developer since 1992. His
areas of expertise include desktop publishing, parallel computing, and
voice command systems. His voice command language Vocola (http://vocola.net)
is widely used in the voice recognition community.
John Vittal has an outstanding track record in developing and
bringing leading-edge technologies to market. He serves on various boards,
and is an advisor to a wide range of startup companies on both business
and technical issues.
He was a member of the Verizon Technology Strategy group, where he led
the strategy effort in applications and services. At GTE Laboratories
he managed research and advanced technology groups, developing new technologies
and bringing them to market. He helped develop corporate strategies
and initiatives for GTE, principally around the Internet. He developed
technology and strategic alliances, as well as being the principal interface
with relevant consortia and standards bodies. He was technical leader
of several due diligence efforts for major acquisition opportunities.
He has also held research and supervisory positions for Xerox, BBN,
and the Information Sciences Institute of the University of Southern
California. He also taught at the University of California.
John has been involved with the Internet and its predecessors
since their inception, and has made substantial contributions to the
Internet. He created the first integrated electronic mail program, MSG,
the initial "killer application" on the Internet, and helped
develop the email standards still mostly in use today.
Laurie Garden has 20 years of systems experience as a software
developer, systems analyst, and integration team lead in higher education,
government, and healthcare. Her projects have included electronic docketing
for the courts, and healthcare enterprise and interdepartmental integration.
She has experience building and working with cross-disciplinary teams.
Laurie also has special interests in languages, linguistics,
morphology and learning. She taught writing as a freshman seminar instructor
at Cornell University, and programming as a teaching fellow at Harvard
Extension and Harvard Summer School. She's studied French, German, Latin
and Old English, and tutors nonnative speakers of English whose other
languages include Armenian, Russian, and Spanish.
Laurie serves on the board of Project Literacy.
Her professional associations include the International Institute
of Business Analysis (IIBA) and the Software Process Improvement Network