Michael Zagorsek Joins Creator of World's Most Accurate 3-D Motion Control Technology to Revolutionize Computing
San Francisco – October 30, 2012
Leap Motion, the motion-control software and hardware company changing the future of human/computer interaction, today announced the appointment of Michael Zagorsek as Vice President of Product Marketing. He will be responsible for marketing, developer relations and launching the Leap application store.
Zagorsek most recently served as a Director of Marketing Communications at Apple, where he helped build and manage the worldwide interactive marketing communications team covering product launch marketing, retail marketing, direct marketing and the Apple online store – one of the largest online retailers in the world. His tenure began with the launch of the original iPhone in 2007, and he's overseen interactive marketing for every Apple product announcement since then.
"Michael's world-class experience launching innovative technology products in an online retail environment adds important strategic marketing leadership to the Leap Motion team as we grow our developer community and bring the Leap to market next year," said Michael Buckwald, co-founder and CEO of Leap Motion. "We're building an enduring company and brand that's focused on revolutionizing personal computing, and Michael's marketing leadership will be a cornerstone to Leap Motion's growth and success."
Since Leap Motion's global unveiling in May, consumer pre-orders for the Leap device continue to soar. More than 40,000 programmers in 140+ countries have submitted their ideas and will be eligible to join the Leap Software Developer Program. In the months ahead, this growing community of developers will have the opportunity to submit their Leap apps for distribution through a consumer app store. The Leap, a small peripheral that connects via USB to any laptop or desktop, allows users to easily control their computers with natural hand and finger movements. Accurate to 1/100th of a millimeter, the Leap costs just $70 and can be pre-ordered at Leap Motion for shipment in early 2013.
Media around the world have applauded Leap Motion, including Popular Mechanics naming Leap Motion one of 10 "Breakthrough Technology of the Year Award" winners. Fast Company honored Leap Motion as an "Innovation by Design Award" finalist and Co.Design named David Holz, co-founder and CTO, as one of the 50 most influential designers in America. Stuff Magazine also named Leap Motion a finalist in two "Stuff Reader Awards 2012" categories – Innovation of the Year and Most Wanted Future Gadget.
"I've always been passionate about technology and innovation. The Leap is a breakthrough product that will remove barriers between people and their ability to interact and create in 3-D digital environments. It also introduces a unique platform for Leap Motion to foster a strong and vibrant developer community empowered to create life-changing applications across entertainment, art, science, health, education, and so much more," said Zagorsek. "I'm excited to join a deeply talented and passionate team to help bring the Leap to market and build a brand that fundamentally enhances people's lives."
Prior to Apple, Zagorsek served as a Management Supervisor at OgilvyOne, where he managed worldwide hardware and software digital marketing for IBM. He also previously managed interactive marketing for Volkswagen at Arnold Worldwide and worked as a strategy consultant at Sapient, with clients ranging from startups to established brands looking to take their businesses online. Zagorsek has a Bachelor of Commerce degree with Honors from Carleton University, Canada, and a Master of Science degree in International Marketing Management from the University of Bradford, UK.
About Leap Motion
Based in San Francisco, Leap Motion is a motion-control software and hardware company developing the world's most powerful and sensitive 3-D motion-control and motion-sensing technology. Leap Motion's first product, The Leap, will be available in early 2013. The Leap is 200 times more sensitive than existing motion-control technology, making it the first product to let users navigate and interact with computer applications using natural hand and finger movements. Leap Motion was founded in 2010 by Michael Buckwald and David Holz.