Rick Spitz is a former Vice President at Apple Computer Co. In the early 1990's he led an organization of 600 engineers & designers at Apple who produced Macintosh OS System 7, Numerous new Macintosh systems and Power PC technology, Quicktime video multimedia, and significnalty expanded worldwide Mac OS releases.
He founded Spitz Industrial Design in New Hampshire in 2010 and currently provides strategic technology guidance to several technology companies. Currently he works closely with AIBuy (Dallas) , Intellective AI (Houston / Dallas) , and 214 Central (Los Angeles).
Rick holds over 40 patents in the US, China, Japan, South Korea, Canada, Australia, Israel, Russia, India, and Mexico.
Prior to his current endeavor, he cofounded ReachLocal Inc. in 2004 in Los Angeles, CA where he served as Chief Technology Officer. ReachLocal was an online advertising company focused on midsize businesses. The firm grew to over 1000 employees doing business worldwide. The firm went public in 2010 and Spitz retired from Reach the following year. From 2000-2003, Spitz was Chief Technical Officer of Worldwinner. The company had offices in Newton, Mass & Los Angeles. Rick helped grow it from a new startup to a vibrant site providing online games of skill paying cash prizes for millions of players.
Prior to joining Apple in Cupertino, CA, Spitz served as Group Manager for VAX/VMS Software at Digital Equipment Corp leading the development of their flagship computer operating system.
His educational background is in electrical and computer engineering. His bachelor’s degree is from Clemson University, in electrical and computer engineering. He earned a master of science degree in computer engineering from University of Massachusetts Lowell and also has an abbreviated MBA at Boston University’s Executive Leadership Institute.
Rick resides in the Boston Merto Area in Southern New Hampshire.
His interests include outdoor photography, kayaking and travel. He also does volunteer work in the area of homelessnes.