Raymond Lau, chief technical officer and founder of
iPhrase Technologies, has been chosen as one of the world’s 100 Top Young Innovators by Technology Review, MIT’s magazine of innovation.
What makes this of interest to Mac users is that Lau, at age 16, invented StuffIt, a data compression tool for the Mac.
iPhrase Technologies provides precision search and navigation software for self-service applications. The TR100 consists of 100 young individuals “whose innovative work in business and technology has a profound impact on today’s world.” Nominees are recognized for their contribution in transforming the nature of technology in industries such as biotechnology, computing, energy, medicine, manufacturing, nanotechnology, software, telecommunications and transportation.
At iPhrase Technologies, Lau has led the development of iPhrase One Step, a precision search and navigation solution that provides best-in-class accuracy and usability enabling customers to realize the full potential of their online investments, according to Technology Review. Lau also founded PalmCentral.com, one of the largest Web sites dedicated to the Palm OS platform, which is now Handango, a publisher of handheld and wireless software. Lau remains a director of Handango. He was also a leading architect at the Spoken Language Systems Group at MIT, where he was a research scientist both during and following his studies at MIT.
Lau is being honored today during a conference and awards ceremony at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The event, themed “The Innovation Economy: How Technology is Transforming Existing Businesses and Creating New Ones,” includes a full day of conference sessions and panel discussions followed by an evening awards ceremony.