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Richard R. Reisman - Biography

President and founder of Teleshuttle Corporation, Richard Reisman has been a very successful inventor and entrepreneur in the media space and has varied experience in digital content industries over many decades. He has managed and consulted for corporations of all sizes, developed a variety of pioneering online services, and holds over 50 patents now licensed by over 200 companies to serve billions of users.

Reisman’s recent work has been on complementary pro-bono projects to better align on human values -- aiming to re-center commerce on human values and to better apply our media to augment human wisdom.

One pro-bono project, FairPay, is a radically innovative framework for relationship-centered, “customer-value-first” revenue strategies for the digital era. Its varying forms can be adapted across a wide spectrum of business contexts, both for-profit and non-profits. It has generated interest from major businesses, startups and VCs, and academia. It has strong foundations in behavioral economics, and sheds light on many knotty issues and perverse incentives that are poorly understood by businesses. Reisman's 2016 book, FairPay: Adaptively Win-Win Customer Relationships, was praised as “an innovative and visionary methodology,” "groundbreaking," a "radically new perspective," "promises to transform business." He co-authored articles in Harvard Business Review, the Journal of Revenue and Pricing Management, and Australasian Marketing Journal with leading professors of marketing, and has written for Inc. and Techonomy. Reisman is working on a pro-bono basis with industry and academic partners on research, trials, and applications of FairPay. Details are on the FairPayZone blog.

The other pro-bono project relates to a broad architecture for social media platforms and other collaborative media that seeks to augment the wisdom of crowds based on an advanced, multi-dimensional and multi-layered reputation and filtering system. His article in Tech Policy Press, The Internet Beyond Social Media Thought-Robber Barons, presents a pro-democratic logic for reforming social media. A core innovation is presented in The Augmented Wisdom of Crowds: Rate the Raters and Weight the Ratings. This grows out of interest in collaborative augmentation since around 1970 (based on interactions with Doug Engelbart, Ted Nelson, and Murray Turoff), a foundation for his 2002 patent disclosure now in public domain. Reisman is now focused on urgent relevance of these strategies to correct how our social media now de-augment human wisdom and spread disinformation. This work has led to participation in NYC Media Lab’s Fake News Horror Show, the US State Department Global Engagement Center NYC Workshop at the UN (both 2018), and The German Marshall Fund's Debate Over a New Digital Platform Agency (2019). Details on the Smartly Intertwingled blog, where Reisman also writes on broader issues of technology and media.

These two projects have intersected to suggest market-driven remedies for the crisis in our social media (most notably Facebook), as introduced in An Open Letter to Influencers Concerned About Facebook and Other Platforms.

Reisman has been involved with interactivity, hypermedia, and electronic communities since their infancy. He has always been oriented to human empowerment and connectivity -- powerful interactive tools and media for human communication, collaboration, knowledge work, entertainment, and commerce. Reisman has worked in a variety of technology and business roles, including as developer, consultant, and manager, and later as entrepreneur and inventor.  He has developed a number of patent portfolios relating to media and e-business technologies, and commercialized them through strategic partners. Licensees include nearly every major provider of smartphones and PCs, and many major TV/video providers.

Around 2000, Reisman began development of CoTV, advanced services related to the now common simultaneous ("coactive") use of TV and the Web using multiple screens/devices, such as Apple AirPlay, Google Chromecast and Amazon X-Ray.This CoTV patent portfolio was licensed in 2015 through RPX Corporation to over 200 companies.  Other areas of independent development and patent filings include "Big Data" applications for usage data and ratings related to products and smart devices, digital media asset and storage management, and search.

Reisman founded Teleshuttle in 1994 as an innovative online software/service provider, based on his 1993 inventions. Teleshuttle's most widely known product was the online update service that was integrated with the Blockbuster Video Guide To Movies & Videos CD-ROM to provide updates on newly released films. After three years of entrepreneurial ups and downs during the first Web boom, he gradually pivoted to focus on invention and innovation. This first Teleshuttle patent portfolio relates to fundamental aspects of online services, content subscriptions, software distribution, e-commerce, and app stores, and was further developed in partnership with BTG International, a leading technology commercialization and licensing firm. Fruitless licensing discussions in 2003 led to patent infringement suits against Microsoft and Apple in 2004, and in 2006 these patents were sold for a down payment of $35 million to Intellectual Ventures (with investments from Microsoft and Apple).

Reisman served during the dot-com boom as founding CTO and Managing Director, Operations and Technology for, an innovative Web-based B2B2C health information service. There, he delivered Web services through syndicated co-brand affiliations with hundreds of Web sites, including CompuServe, Prodigy, Yahoo!, Earthlink, Dr. Koop, iVillage, Snap, iWon, USA Today, Knight-Ridder, Scripps, Phys (Conde-Nast), BeWell (HealthGate), Physicians Online, and through insurance sites, including Harvard Pilgrim and the US Government, managing a staff of 25+ and budget of $5+ million. (details)

In the early '90s, Reisman made technology and entrepreneurial contributions to a variety of online and new media developments.  As co-founder of UNET, he developed the original versions of TV Guide Online (through consumer beta test) in a joint venture with News Corp. At BASELINE (later acquired by The New York Times), he developed pioneering consumer online services, as well as online information services to the film and TV industry.

His earlier work was in large enterprise IT environments, focused on leading-edge development in such areas as interactive systems, online networks, database search, and early forms of cloud computing.  Varied roles in IT and information services included management, consulting, planning, development, and operations.  He directed electronic distribution operations for financial data for McGraw-Hill / Standard and Poor's, and managed strategy, planning, and operations for a very broad variety of major computer and telecom services at Mobil Corporation and AT&T, starting out as a software developer. 

Reisman has provided strategic consulting services for media and electronic business, including Dow Jones, News Corporation/TVGuide, IDD Information Services, and AppliedTheory Communications, as well as key players in intellectual property development. 

Reisman has spoken and written widely. He is a member of New York Angels (one of the top 10 angel investor groups in the world), a Fellow of the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce), an emeritus board member and program committee chair for the MIT Enterprise Forum of NYC (and co-led their popular Think Tank Series: The Future of X). He was an ACM National Lecturer, a finalist for the Multi-Media Entrepreneur of 1995 award from the Silicon Alley Initiative, and a judge for the Advanced Media Emmy Awards in 2005 and 2006. He has an AB in Applied Math from Brown University and an MS in Operations Research from Lehigh University.

Twitter: @rreisman


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20 East 9th Street, New York, NY 10003

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