Apple reportedly hires Michael Abbott

“Michael Abbott – an engineer turned venture capitalist, with one of the most impressive tech resumés in the business – has reportedly been hired by Apple,” Ben Lovejoy reports for 9to5Mac.

“Abbott has been Twitter’s VP of engineering, Palm’s head of webOS, general manager at Microsoft, research associate at SRI International and an investor, advisor or board member to numerous tech enterprises,” Lovejoy reports. “While he has been focusing on his role as a venture capitalist, he wrote in a blog post last summer that he wanted to return to his engineering roots.”

“He wrote that while he was privileged to work at VC firm Kleiner Perkins, he wanted to get back to product development,” Lovejoy reports. “While Abbott kept quiet about where he was headed, French site MacG reports that he has been hired by Apple.”

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“Since his move to Apple hasn’t been confirmed, speculation suggests Abbott could be working on Siri development under Craig Federighi,” Lovejoy reports. “His blog post also directly references being ‘captivated’ by augmented reality and ‘real’ applications of artificial intelligence and machine learning — all areas that Apple and CEO Tim Cook have repeatedly referenced as being of great interest for the company.”

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MacDailyNews Note: Here’s a portion of what Abbott wrote last summer:

Ultimately, my desire to discover and invest in the next new thing became eclipsed by my desire to get my hands dirty again and build the next new thing. I have come to understand that my real passion lies in the grappling to understand, develop and build new technologies. Like you, perhaps, I am captivated by what AR could enable, and fascinated by ‘real’ applications of AI/ML, or how security techniques from the world of geopolitics are influencing enterprise technologies. — Michael Abbott, August 1, 2017

Read Abbott’s full blog post via uncapitalized here.

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