Mitch Lazar Joins Taptu’s Board of Directors

Mitch LazarToday we’re thrilled to announce a fantastic addition to our Board of Directors.’a0 Mitch Lazar is probably a name you’ve already heard, and if not, you’ve probably had your head in the sand for the last decade or so :).

Mitch has a plethora of experience in the mobile industry.’a0 Most recently, he led Yahoo Mobile Europe and also pioneered mobile strategy at Time Warner’s CNN, Cartoon Network and TCM.’a0 In his two decades in the media industry, Mitch has a wide array of experience leading groups onto the mobile web.

Mitch comes on board at a crucial time for Taptu, as we aim to drive usage and discovery of the Mobile Touch Web.

Rather than regurgitate his LinkedIn profile, we thought we’d do a quick alternative-interview about his digital-life and loves in Mobile.’a0 If you have any further questions for Mitch, please send me a note.

Q: What is your favourite gadget now ?

The iPad.’a0 It’s incredibly intuitive and fun to use.’a0 My Blackberry Bold 9700 is a close second and tied with my iPhone.

Q: What are your favourite news sites to keep abreast of mobile developments?

MocoNews, TechCrunch, AllThingsD,

Q: Which mobile sites/apps do you love?

Yahoo!, Google Maps, Foursquare, Trip Advisor’a0 (Ed: now with new Touch Media

Q: Which devices have you owned / liked in the past?

Nokia 6150, 7110, 7650, 9000, N95; Ericsson’a0 T28 T68;’a0 Sony Ericsson P800, P900; Motorola DynaTac 8000X, StarTac, Razr, Rokr; Apple Newton, PageNet Alphanumeric Pager, Motorola 3000 pager.

Q: Who do you admire in Mobile?

Anssi Vanjoki, Nokia; Kristian Segerstrale, Playfish

Q: Coolest mobile idea/service?

The Blackberry.’a0 It’s simply brilliant because its simple and works great.’a0 Followed closely by the iPhone, integrated with the iTunes store.

Q: Daft mobile idea that bombed?

iMode in Europe, Nokia NGage, Google Nexus One

Right, now for some tough questions.

Q: Emoticon or not to emoticon in text message?


Q: First console?

Atari 2600 and Intellivision.

Q: Top score on Donkey Kong?

Can’t remember, it was too long ago, but it was HIGH.

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