Jovan Hutton Pulitzer

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Jovan Hutton Pulitzer, Award-Winning Inventor: (First Generation German Jewish American – Hebrew: יהוחנן‎‎[1]) also known as, Jovan or J Hutton Pulitzer (birth name Jeffry Jovan[2] Philyaw[3]), is a highly active technology start-up founder,  best known for creating and patenting :CRQ (See Our Cue – Q Code Platform for Scan Commerce and Scan to Connect) has founded companies have included seed investment rounds ranging from $1.6m to over $250m with companies supported and funded by Dreamit Ventures, and Microventures to name a few lead investors. Currently actively involved in Augmented Reality, Artificial Intelligence, Machine LearningComputer VisionHealth CareMobile Health CareEngagement Technologies and Data Analytics industry. Pulitzer has also created numerous product companies that have generated over a billion dollars in consumer sales. His patents are known to grant fast and Pulitzer is regularly one of the top inventors month to month in the United States.

Pulitzer’s patents have been licensed to more than 330 companies, ranging from early-stage firms to Fortune 100 Industry Leaders such as eBay, IBM, AOL, Cisco, Google, Walgreen Co, TiVo Brocade Communications Systems, Inc.; Crate & Barrel Holdings, Inc.; F5 Networks, Inc.; Quick Logic Corporation; Rackspace Hosting, Inc.; Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.; Zynga Inc., Advanced Micro Devices, Inc., Avaya Inc., Ericsson AB, MobiTV, Inc., Nikon Corporation, Pioneer Corporation, NEC Corporation, Hitachi, Ltd., Novell, Inc.; Leap Wireless International Inc.; Barnes & Noble, Inc., Broadcom Corporation, Qualcomm Incorporated, Intel Corporation, Sony Corporation, HTC Corporation, LG Electronics Inc., Nokia Corporation, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., Best Buy Co, Inc., Fujitsu Limited, Intuit Inc., and Juniper Networks, Inc.

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Current Patent Work

wsj.jpgWall Street Journal reports that Pulitzer “Now operates a patent holding company in Dallas[20] which refer to LV Partners and Flip Ventures, which are Intellectual Property Development Firms and Funds.  The New York Times in “The Patent, used as a Sword[21] reports that “To receive a patent, an invention must be novel (substantially differentfrom what exists), not obvious (one can’t patent a new toaster simply by expanding it to handle five slices of bread), and useful (someone can’t patent an invisibility machine if invisibility is impossible).”Patents are crucial to business, particularly in raising money from venture capitalists and deterring large companies from copying innovations” “When we file a patent application, it’s a big deal.

Former Technology Corporate “C-Level” Executive[22],[23] now devotes his time to developing patent portfolios[24],[25],[26].  NASDQ and the SEC documents show Pulitzer as a former Chairman and CEO of DigitalConvergence[27].


Pulitzer’s Scan Commerce and Scan-to-Connect patent portfolio (LV Partners) was bought by RPX Corporation[28].  RPX Corporation[29] (NASDAQ:RPXC) is a spin-off of Intellectual Ventures. RPX is a defensive patent aggregator that buys patents or patent licenses, and then turns around and licenses these patents or patent rights to their member clients, such as  Apple, Google, Samsung, HTC, Facebook, Fujifilm, Microsoft, RIM, Adobe, Amazon, Huawei Technologies, and Shutterfly.   In December 2014, RPX purchased 4000rpx logo.pngpatents from Rockstar Consortium[30] through its RPX Clearinghouse subsidiary for $900 million,[31]. RPX Clearinghouse licenses the patents to a syndicate of technology companies that include Google and Cisco Systems.[32],[33],[34]

Wall Street Journal reported: Rockstar Consortium to Sell 4,000 Patents to RPX Corp. for $900 Million[35]

$300m Patent Acquisition

RPX, spent over $300 million acquiring patents such as RPX-LV Acquisition LLC. [36](LV Partners)

Inventors are the New Economy Rock Stars [37]  “Patents have become the new high value commodity among tech and media corporations.”  New York Times and The Wall Street Journal report “Take for instance Microsoft’s recent patent acquisition from AOL. Microsoft, which just bought patents from AOL for US$1 billion, is now turning around and selling most of them to Facebook for US$550 million”. Easier understood: Microsoft paid $1,081,081 PER PATENT. Then they turned around and sold part of the portfolio. The buyer? Facebook.[38],[39],[40] Suzanne Harrison, a partner with Percipience LLC, an intellectual property advisory firm states, “If it could stop a multi-billion-dollar litigation, what is $500 million?[41],[42]

Current Television Work

Pulitzer active in the world of History Forensics and Study[43] and as a professional explorer [44],[45],[46],[47] been featured on History Channel’s[48] Curse of Oak Island[49],[50]– Season Two[51] in episodes titled ‘The 8 Sided Star”, “A Dangerous Dive” “The Big Reveal” and numerous others. [52],[53],[54],[55],[56],[57]

cooi hutton.jpgMedia source TV By The Numbers details Pulitzer’s Season Finale appearance breaks records,  “History’s ‘The Curse of Oak Island’ Reaches Season High 3.1 Million Viewers in Season Two Finale[58] NEW YORK, NY – January 15, 2015 – The season two finale of HISTORY’s unscripted series THE CURSE OF OAK ISLAND reached a series high 3.1 million Total Viewers Tuesday evening, making it the number one program on cable for the night in total viewers, as well as Men 25-54 (863,000), according to Nielsen Research.  The program, which follows two brothers who employ new technology, recorded history and old-fashioned know-how to attempt to discover one of the greatest treasures[59],[60] ever, also reached a season best 1.4 million viewers among Adults 25-54; placing it as Tuesday night’s top original/non-fiction program in the demo”.[61],[62]

ntl anchor desk.jpgPulitzer has deep television ties and experience going back to his days with Fox TV and NBC partnership[63],[64],[65],[66],[67],[68] as reported by Advertising Age Magazine and Media Week Magazine [69],[70],[71]where Pulitzer achieved “broadcasting history” case study in merged media and interactivity and developed into a Syndicated program that aired 244 Original episodes over the course of an amazing TV syndication run of 19 original TV seasons.”[72]



digital-self-publishingPulitzer publishes the daily online newspaper “Investigating History Daily[73] which details news in the world of Archaeology, Lost History, Forbidden History, Adventure, Exploration and Artifacts.  Recent versions of the newspaper have covered stories regarding newly discovered lost shipwrecks[74], ancient 6000-year-old Treasure Crown being discovered[75], Ancient Viking Warrior Blade being discovered[76], 3,500-year-old tomb filled with exotic valuables discovered[77], Vast Medieval Cities Discovered beneath the Jungle[78]and Rare Egyptian Pharaoh Treasure Discoveries [79].

Pulitzer blogs under the banner of History Heretic [80] discussing topics such like the Investigating History Daily Newspaper he publishes[81],[82] shows two profiles for Pulitzer split between his various patent and technology published works[83] and his exploration and archaeological works[84].


Some 17,843,618 plays have resulted from Pulitzer’s History Heretic Radio Series[85],[86],[87] which is a top iTunes[88],[89] and SoundCloud Podcast pick[90],[91],[92],[93],[94]


in stagram.pngPulitzer maintains an open and active social media presence showing 19,300[95] and 14,500[96] Followers on his two Twitter[97]accounts, 89,400 followers on his Instagram[98] account[99] and 3,968,156[100] views on his history related YouTube account and there seems to be a news archive account active titled “J Hutton Pulitzer – Official Media[101]” on YouTube as well. A photographic media profile[102] for Pulitzer is maintained onTwitter-PNG-HD-1.pngPinterest as well.
Twitter Ranker, Twitter Counter[103]recently ranked Pulitzer’s @JovanHPulitzer in the Top 1% of Twitter accounts[104] 

Book Author (Current Published Works) 2007-2016


The following is a partial list of the more than 200[106],[107],[108],[109],[110] books published by Pulitzer: 

  • Encyclopedia of Treasure Symbols: Ancient Symbols: Detailed and Decoded leading to Lost Treasures[111]  ISBN-13: 978-1492128830
  • Lost Treasures You Can Find in North Carolina: Follow the Clues and Find Your FORTUNES![112] ISBN-13: 978-1490488394
  • Ghost Town Gold[113] ISBN-13: 978-1495204562
  • Lost Treasures You Can Find in Texas: Follow the Clues and Find Your Fortunes! (Volume 1)[114] ISBN-13: 978-1495340192
  • Lost Treasures You Can Find in New Mexico: Follow the Clues and Find Your Fortunes! (Volume 1)[115] ISBN-13: 978-1495337772
  • Lost Treasures You Can Find in Montana: Follow the Clues and Find Your Fortunes! (Volume 1)[116] ISBN-13: 978-1495336287
  • Lost Treasures You Can Find in California: Follow the Clues and Find Your Fortunes! (Volume 1)[117] ISBN-13: 978-1495315299
  • Strike It Rich: 50 Lost Treasures You Can Find[118] ISBN-13: 978-1497334656
  • Outlaw Gold: They Stole It, Now You Can Find It![119] ISBN-13: 978-1497344051
  • Lost Treasures You Can Find in Arizona: Follow the Clues and Find Your Fortunes! (Volume 2)[120] ISBN-13: 978-1495949982
  • Lost Treasures You Can Find in Texas: Follow the Clues and Find Your Fortunes! (Volume 2)[121] ISBN-13: 978-1495950384
  • Lost Treasures You Can Find in South Carolina: Follow the Clues and Find Your FORTUNES![122] ISBN-13: 978-1490491868
  • Lost Treasures You Can Find in Utah: Follow the Clues and Find Your FORTUNES![123]ISBN-13: 978-1490492315
  • Lost Treasures You Can Find in Pennsylvania: Follow the Clues and Find Your FORTUNES![124] ISBN-13: 978-1490491660
  • Lost Treasures You Can Find in Oklahoma: Follow the Clues and Find Your FORTUNES![125] ISBN-13: 978-1490491509
  • Lost Treasures You Can Find in North Dakota: Follow the Clues and Find Your FORTUNES! [126] ISBN-13: 978-1490488424
  • Lost Treasures You Can Find in Georgia: Follow the Clues and Find Your Fortunes! (Volume 2)[127] ISBN-13: 978-1495950056
  • Lost Treasures You Can Find in Georgia: Follow the Clues and Find Your Fortunes! (Volume 1)[128] ISBN-13: 978-1495316128
  • Lost Treasures You Can Find in Washington: Follow the Clues and Find Your Fortunes! (Volume 2)[129] ISBN-13: 978-1495950438
  • Lost Treasures You Can Find in New Mexico: Follow the Clues and Find Your Fortunes! (Volume 2)[130] ISBN-13: 978-1495950261
  • Lost Treasures You Can Find in Florida: Follow the Clues and Find Your Fortunes![131]ISBN-13: 978-1490495699
  • Lost Treasures You Can Find in Washington: Follow the Clues and Find Your Fortunes! (Volume 1)[132] ISBN-13: 978-1495351266
  • Lost Treasures You Can Find in Minnesota: Follow the Clues and Find Your Fortunes! (Volume 1)[133] ISBN-13: 978-1495335938
  • Expedition History – Team and Technology[134] ISBN-13: 978-1619732148
  • Lost Treasures You Can Find for the State of Nevada: Follow the Clues and Find Your Fortunes![135] ISBN-13: 978-1490501529
  • Lost Treasures You Can Find in California: Follow the Clues and Find Your Fortunes! (Volume 2)[136] ISBN-13: 978-1495950001
  • Lost Treasures You Can Find in Idaho: Follow the Clues and Find Your Fortunes! (Volume 1)[137] ISBN-13: 978-1495316388
  • 10 Treasure Legends! Texas: Lost Gold, Hidden Hoards and Fantastic Fortunes[138] ISBN-13: 978-1495445217
  • 10 Treasure Legends! South Carolina: Lost Gold, Hidden Hoards and Fantastic Fortunes[139]ISBN 13: 978-1495445071
  • 10 Treasure Legends! South Dakota: Lost Gold, Hidden Hoards and Fantastic Fortunes[140]ISBN 13: 978-1495445101
  • 10 Treasure Legends! Arkansas: Lost Gold, Hidden Hoards and Fantastic Fortunes[141]ISBN-13: 9781495436413
  • 10 Treasure Legends! Kansas: Lost Gold, Hidden Hoards and Fantastic Fortunes[142] ISBN-13: 978-1495407512
  • 10 Treasure Legends! Colorado: Lost Gold, Hidden Hoards and Fantastic Fortunes[143]ISBN-13: 978-1495436499
  • 10 Treasure Legends! North Carolina: Lost Gold, Hidden Hoards and Fantastic Fortunes[144] ISBN-13: 978-1495444548
  • 10 Treasure Legends! California: Lost Gold, Hidden Hoards and Fantastic Fortunes[145]ISBN-13: 978-1495436444
  • 10 Treasure Legends! Oklahoma: Lost Gold, Hidden Hoards and Fantastic Fortunes[146]ISBN-13: 978-1495444807
  • 10 Treasure Legends! Pennsylvania: Lost Gold, Hidden Hoards and Fantastic Fortunes[147] ISBN-13: 978-1495444982
  • 10 Treasure Legends! Montana: Lost Gold, Hidden Hoards and Fantastic Fortunes[148]ISBN-13: 978-1495444005
  • 10 Treasure Legends! Utah: Lost Gold, Hidden Hoards and Fantastic Fortunes[149] ISBN-13: 978-1495445279
  • 10 Treasure Legends! Ohio: Lost Gold, Hidden Hoards and Fantastic Fortunes ISBN-13: 978-1495444692[150]
  • 10 Treasure Legends! New Mexico: Lost Gold, Hidden Hoards and Fantastic Fortunes ISBN-13: 978-1495444388[151]
  • 10 Treasure Legends! Oregon: Lost Gold, Hidden Hoards and Fantastic Fortunes ISBN-13: 978-1495444906[152]
  • 10 Treasure Legends! Wyoming: Lost Gold, Hidden Hoards and Fantastic Fortunes ISBN-13: 978-1495445668[153]
  • 10 Treasure Legends! Michigan: Lost Gold, Hidden Hoards and Fantastic Fortunes ISBN-13: 978-1495443657[154]
  • 10 Treasure Legends! Kentucky: Lost Gold, Hidden Hoards and Fantastic Fortunes ISBN-13: 978-1495443282[155]



ipoPulitzer was at the helm of what arguably was one of the most anticipated IPO’s of the Dot Com Era[156],[157].  Digital Convergence was a term Pulitzer coined and became the name of his technology company. [158],[159],[160]DigitalConvergece raised over $185m in Angel, Series A, B, C and D Funding Rounds.  Achieving a near billion-dollar company[161] valuation while still a private company. [162] In the year 1999, there were 457 IPOs, most of which were Internet and technology related. Of those 457 IPOs, 117 doubled in price on the first day of trading.[163]

As reported by the SEC and Edgar Online Government Registration Filings[164], Pulitzer’s equity stock ownership in DigitalConvergece was 40,950,000 shares of common stock, at a valuation of $10.54 per share for an amount equal to $431,613,000 (Four Hundred Thirty-One Million Six Hundred Thirteen Thousand)[165].  The DigitalConvergece IPO, slated for IPO April, 2000 under the NASDAQ symbol of “DGTL”, as documented by the Securities and Exchange Commission show SEC DigitalConvergece investors expected stock price of between $19.80 per share to as high as $96.00 a share per, such were the average IPO trends of the day.  Had the stock markets stayed stable, Pulitzer’s stock could of have been valued between $814,086,000 (Eight Hundred Fourteen Million Eight-Six Thousand) and $3,931,200,000 (Three Billion Nine Hundred Thirty-One Million Two Hundred Thousand).

u-s-secSEC and EDGAR Registrations [166]show investors in Pulitzer’s DigitalConvergece included industry notables “In April 2000, we issued 5,929,364 shares of Series B preferred stock and 5,372,593 shares of Series C preferred stock to various investors, including Belo Corp., The Coca-Cola Company, The E.W. Scripps Company, Spielberg/Katz Associates, LLC, Tandy Corporation and Young & Rubicam, Inc., for aggregate consideration of $98.3 million. All outstanding shares of our preferred stock will be automatically converted into our common stock upon completion of this offering.”

In April 2000, we issued two warrants to an affiliate of National Broadcasting Company, Inc. to purchase 3,752,445 shares and 4,505,165 shares, respectively, of our commonbc.pngn stock at per share exercise prices of $5.00 and $10.54, respectively. We are required to issue additional warrants to National Broadcasting Company, Inc.’s affiliate with a per share exercise price of $10.54, depending on the number of shares we reserve for issuance under our 1999 Stock Option Plan. The warrants will terminate in April 2005.”  The New York Times reported, “DigitalConvergece Corporation, which specializes in putting bar code links, Q-Codes (CueCOdes) to Web sites in media outlets and has developed partnerships with CNBC and Forbes magazine, among others, has teamed up with the RadioShack Corporation to distribute 10 million personal code scanners to private homes.” [167]

Who’s Who of Executives

Part of the meteoric rise and vast press coverage of Pulitzer’s company DigitalConvergece was his personality, skills, business acumen and impressive technology attracting a Who’s Who list of top corporate executives.  [168],[169],[170]

Once being introduced to Pulitzer and his Scan Commerce and Scan-to-Connect technology (devices, platform and operating system) manyingExecutives who were demoed the technology jump to join Pulitzer is in high profile IPO run[171].  Executives such as: Michael N. Garin former global head of Media and Communications for Furman Selz and ING Barings LLC, domteldistcolor_locl_powerptScott P. Carlin former Executive Vice President of Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution and Executive Vice President, Telepictures Distribution, Gregory D. Lerman former President of E-Commerce for Paxson Communications, former Executive Vice President and General Manager of Valuevision International, former Executive Vice President Fingerhut Companies, Stuart B. Graber former Chief Executive of Music Choice Europe -Time Warner, British Sky Broadcasting, Sony and EMI, british-telecomBlaine Thacker former  British Telecom’s Vice President of Global Sales for its Information Technology and Executive with AT&T, General Electric, and Oracle, universalJohn G. Huncke former General Counsel of Universal Pictures and General Counsel and Chief Operating Officer of Polygram Television, Michael H. Jordan Chairman of Luminant Worldwide Corporationluminant, former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of CBS Corporation (formerly Westinghouse Electric Corporation), Member of the Boards of Directors of Aetna Inc., Dell Computer Corp. and Member of the President’s Export Council; Chairman of the U.S.-Japan Business Council; Chairman of The College Fund/UNCF; Chairman of the Policy Board of the Americans for the Arts and numerous other top business executives.

scanapphero.pngThe “Scan Commerce” and “Scan-To-Connect” patent portfolio were the foundation of Pulitzer’s DigitalConvergance technology venture, but what became most visible in the public eye was the company’s free device used to prime the scan commerce market, called CueCat[172],[173],[174]scanning device.  To make scanning possible, and since cell phone cameras were still several years away, Pulitzer had to create a device whereby a person’s computer could see the Q-Code (Cue Codes), thus Pulitzer create the first consumer grade hand held code scanner, called CueCat.

USE_AIG_Martinez_061.jpgThe original acronym was KAT, referencing Keyboard Automation Technology, however at the suggestion of Arthur C. Martinez[175] the Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sears Roebuck & Company, after meeting with Pulitzer and seeing Pulitzer’s technology demonstration; Martinez urged Pulitzer just to refer to the odd looking feline device as the CueCat.

Executive Observations

“unnatural and ridiculous”  – “hair was on fire”

coke scan.jpgA Coca-Cola executive claimed that listening to the creator of this product “made him feel like his hair was on fire, because Jovan has such a powerful presence and ability to articulate his grand vision”while an executive of a company partially responsible for this product exclaimed “Holy Toledo! This is big” upon being pitched this. [176],[177]

Wall Street Journal wrote, “’Pulitzer’ had the gadget that seemed to answer the prayers of old-line businesses looking for an easy way to get onto dolanthe Web”[178] the Wall Street Journal continuing to write about Pulitzers skills quotes Chairman of WPP[179] the world’s largest advertising company by revenues, and employs around 190,000 people in 3,000 offices across 112 countries as saying  “If you haven’t seen him, it’s worth the price of admission, because he is so good at what he does and what you can learn from him just listening to his pitch,” says Michael Dolan, chairman WPP Group PLC’s Young & Rubicam Inc. For Mr. Dolan[180].
ford-motor-billStreet Journal reported about Dolan’s first meeting Pulitzer at a meeting with the Executive Chairman of Ford Motor Company, Bill Ford[181]: “Ford was skeptical at first, says Mike Dolan, vice chairman and chief financial officer at Young & Rubicam, parent of one of Ford’s ad agencies. But Mr. Dolan says marketing executives changed their mind after seeing a sample Ford print ad with a barely detectable bar code and a mock television ad for Ford’s Lincoln Navigator.”

“With the print ad, a pen-like wand was waved over a standard bar code, and on the computer screen up popped a Ford Web page with the car. Similarly, the TV ad for the Navigator sent a message that brought up a Web page containing a 360-degree view of the sport-utility vehicle.”[182]

leonard_roberts_in_store_wideLeonard Roberts, Chairman, President and CEO of RadioShack Corporation said of Pulitzer’s Scan Commerce and Scan-to-Connect technology, “We believe that Digital Convergence technology will revolutionize the Internet and dramatically simplify access to deeper web content that is normally several mouse clicks away[183]

2000px-american_express_logo-svgThe new Web technology “gives an absolute measure of reader response, “because companies can count the number of online hits generated by each print ad,” says Dan Brewster, chief executive of American Express Publishing Corp. The company, a venture of American Express Co. and Time Warner Inc., publishes Travel & Leisure and Food & Wine among other titles.[184]

It allows you to go 20,000 leagues under the sea in one swipe,” said Mr. Edmodavid-edmondson-radio-shackndson of RadioShack, which ended up manufacturing the product and distributing it from its stores.[185] In contrast to accolades about Pulitzer, his CueCat device has heavy criticisms notably from computer columnist Walter Mossberg, writing on this Web site, called the device “unnatural and ridiculous” and said it “failed miserably.”[186]

Just 28 Days Away From Billions

nasdaqAs Pulitzer and his investors eagerly awaited their NASDAQ IPO debut on April 9, 2000[187] the public markets were rapidly changing.  Investopedia reports, “On March 10, the combined values of stocks on the NASDAQ was at $6.71 trillion; the crash began March 11.[188] By March 30, the NASDAQ was valued at $6.02 trillion. On April 6, 2000, it was $5.78 trillion. In less than a month, nearly a trillion dollars’ worth of stock value had completely evaporated.”[189]

Even though Pulitzer[190] had partners such as National Broadcasting Company, Inc., Belo Corp., Forbes, Radio Shack, Steven Spielberg, Coke, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Wired Magazine, the E.W. Scripps Company, Parade Magazine, Adweek Magazines and others[191], the company failed to make its initial public offering and the corporation filed bankruptcy and the device shelved.[192],[193],[194],[195]



In March of 2000, everything started to change. “On March 10, the combined values of stocks on the NASDAQ was at $6.71 trillion; the crash began March 11. By March 30, the NASDAQ was valued at $6.02 trillion. On April 6, 2000, it was $5.78 trillion. In less than a month, nearly a trillion dollars’ worth of stock value had completely evaporated”. One JP Morgan analyst told TIME Magazine in April of 2000[196]a lot of companies were losing between $10 and $30 million a quarter — a rate that is obviously unsustainable, and was going to end with a lot of dead sites and lost investments”.[197]

At the start of DigitalConvergence Pulitzer ran DigitalConvergece and its predecessorgarincompany Infotainment Telepictures as a lean start-up enterprise and Executives comment of numerous conflicts between Pulitzer and the Company’s President and COO, Michael Garin[198], [199].  As Pulitzer wanted to remain lean and stay a top-notch sales organization, Garin (former well known Wall Street Banker) felt the company need to “play the part” of a huge company, and look very powerful and strong and in such he expanded the companies’ offices from just Dallas to include offices and operations in London, Hong Kong, NYC and Los Angeles.  Under Pulitzer SEC documents and audits show a lean continually profitable operation, however under Garin the company’s monthly burn zoomed from a few hundred thousand to more than $7m a month, making its quarterly burn over $21m.[200]


goldman-sachs-fortune-hank-paulson-jon-corzinePublic speaking engagements and history talks of a 1999 meeting between Pulitzer and Goldman Sachs Chairman Henry Paulson.  When asking Pulitzer “What would make your company fail?”Pulitzer candidly responded, “Your type of deals you have been doing would.  With everyone taking any company with dot com at the end of its name public, it is going to hurt the entire technology industry and when it explodes it is going to be nasty”. [201]  Not appreciating Pulitzer’s candid nature, Goldman Sachs did not become the DigitalConvergece IPO bankers, however Sumitomo Group[202] (who as part of Sumitomo Bank and former retired GS Executives) held 18% of Goldman Sachs became a strategic investor in Pulitzer’s DigitalConvergece.[203]

According to Investopedia, “In the year 1999, there were 457 IPOs, most of which were Internet and technology related. Of those 457 IPOs, 117 doubled in price on the first day of trading. In 2001 the number of IPOs dwindled to 76, and none of them doubled on the first day of trading”.[204]

Internet of the 1990s

The DOT COM crash of the early 2000’s saw many technology causalities alongside Pulitzer’s DigitalConvergece.

Money Crashers reported, “During the late 20th century, the Internet created a euphoric attitude toward business and inspired many hopes for the future of online commerce. For this reason, many Internet companies (known as “dot-coms”) were launched, and investors assumed that a company that operated online was going to be worth millions”.[205]  The 1990s dot-com boom ended on March 10, 2000, less than 30 days away from Pulitzer’s widely anticipated IPO.

wired-magazinePer Wired magazine, the boom was: “more accurately described as a bubble, since it rested largely on wild stock speculation and freewheeling venture capital investment that resulted in the often-ludicrous overvaluation of sketchy Internet companies” “On March 10, the Nasdaq Composite[206] index peaked (5,048.62), more than doubling its value of a year before. But then the slide began and it was a precipitous drop, which is why March 10 is generally considered to be the day the bubble burst.[207]  The end of the dot-com boom reflected various economic and technological changes during that period.

After the market crash and economic downturn Pulitzer was scrambling to save his struggling company hemorrhaging cash.  Intel[208], Dell[209], Microsoft[210] and even investor Michael Milken[211] were all working with Pulitzer and executives to negotiate terms for a financial rescue, however those deals and potential came tumbling down along with the Twin Towers in New York City on September 11, 2001[212].

The collapse of Internet stocks precipitated the 2001 stock market crash even more so than the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Consequently, the market crash cost investors a whopping $5 trillion.[213]


cuecat-retail-scanWith some many companies writing news stories about DigitalConvergence and its high profile investors, it is no wonder the Internet community; prone to attacks and attacking comments, would mock CueCat and its “feline design” so much at its introduction and after the spectacular crash of both DigitalConvergence and the Dot Com Industry.  Negative comments just could not ignore the obvious puns. Some of the more scathing commentaries were:

Little more than a high-tech paperweight.”[214]

25 Worst Tech Products of All Time, along side AOL, RealNetworks RealPlayer, Microsoft Windows Millennium, and Microsoft Internet Explorer the CueCat’s maker was permanently declawed in 2001[215]

The 50 Worst Inventions[216]Millions of the cat-shaped bar-code scanners were produced and shipped for free across the U.S., in hopes that people would use them to scan specially marked bar codes to visit Internet sites.”

On the first standard, convenience, the CueCat fails miserably,”[217]

However, not all technology writers took the easy joke layup and saw through the rhetoric to see the actual scan commerce vision.

Alexei Oreskovic, wrote for Business Insider in August of 2015, “This cat-shaped gizmo was panned as one of the worst products ever but may have been ahead of its time.  Some might argue that the much-maligned CueCat was actually ahead of its time. The idea was not so different from the QR codes that consumers cheerfully scan with their smartphones these days.[218]  Today, Pulitzer’s Scan Commerce and Scan-to-Connect technology and patents are the basis and licensing which drives the Q-Codes or QR Codes of today (people forget the simple name change from Cue Codes to Q-Codes).

business-insider-magBusiness Insider reported, “Some might argue that the much-maligned CueCat was actually ahead of its time.”[219] In August 2015, Business Insider wrote “The goal of the CueCat was to serve as a bridge between the world of physical, print media and the Internet. Consumers used the gadget to scan special bar codes printed in magazines — for example a bar code might appear next to an ad for a car or a toothbrush. The gadget, which needed to be plugged in to a PC, then helpfully directed the PC’s browser to specialized Web pages that contained more info about the car, toothbrush, or whatever.

The device’s creator, DigitalConvergence, scored funding from a group of big-name backers, including Coca-Cola, Radio Shack, and the parent company of The Dallas Morning News. The device was given to consumers for free, distributed at Radio Shack stores and mailed to homes across the US.”[220]

TechTimes wrote in 2015, “Ahead Of Their Time: CueCat”


In writing about Pulitzer’s CueCat, he also give credence to Pulitzer’s Scan Commerce and Scan-to-Connect patents which actually drive the newer Q-Code technologies.  “There are any number of different ways for physical objects to interact like this with the Internet from specific URLs to popular augmented-reality games like Ingress. Possibly the most prevalent of these is the QR code, which actually predates the invention of the CueCat but really took off afterward. Unlike the CueCat (tethered device), QR codes don’t rely on proprietary devices to function, and the rise of smartphones — which can easily capture and translate QR codes — only made them more prevalent[221]

To understand the technology insight of Pulitzer one must look where technology and Internet connectivity was in 1998[222],[223],[224] when he first tested out his Scan to Connect technology.  When first introduced and self-funded by Pulitzer, 41.2% had home computers and 26.2% had Internet.

crq-and-catIn retrospect, Pulitzer achieved getting 10% of Internet users to install his software app and install his device within first 30 days[225],[226],[227] During this time the average American Internet user spent 4.2 hours a week on the Internet. The telephone modem remained the dominant Internet connecting system, with 81% of connections made by phone line. (Source: UCLA Internet Report)[228] Shortly thereafter the number of American adults with Internet access grew from about 88 million to more than 104 million in the second half of 2000[229],[230].  Upon release of CueCat only 35% of the population of US used Internet.[231],[232] Pulitzers marketing convinced 10% of the Internet users to begin using his technology within the first 30 days.


The biggest computer innovation since the mouse

Time to First 1,000,000 Users

editor_and_publisherEditor and Publisher Magazine reported “Financial Analyst unveils the most important Internet investment to date, using what they called “the biggest computer innovation since the mouse[233]


The New York Times is wrote, “will revolutionize the way people interact with the World Wide Web” [234]On the use of Pulitzer’s Q-Codes or Cues, New York Times also wrote, “Drew Schutte, publisher of Wired, which sent the CueCat to more than 400,000 subscribers” “Mr. Schutte said he thought ”some technology like this will be part of our lives in the future”The device has to work seamlessly, and there has to be more value added to the advertising and to the editorial,” he said.[235]

BoingBoing reported Pulitzer’s CueCat was part of “The most important tech of the last 22 years[236]

cnet.jpegCNET reported, Pulitzer’s Scan Commerce and Scan-to-Connect technologies which operated the CueCat device achieved its first 1,000,000 users within its first 30 days and by 60 days was pushing 2.4m users.[237] CNET reports “the company has made some important strides with consumers, distributing 3 million CueCats since September” “have generated just over 16 million swipes[238]

Q-Code (CueCode) Scan App Compared To Other App Startups

Business Insider reports:

Kickstarter got its 1,000,000th backer in about 30 months[239]

Airbnb reached 1,000,000 nights booked 30 months after launch[240]

Tumblr hit 1,000,000 blogs in 27 months[241]

Twitter to reached 1,000,000 users in 24 months[242]

Foursquare achieved 1,000,000 downloads in 13 months[243]

Facebook reached 1,000,000 users in 10 months[244]

1,000,000 people downloaded Instagram within 2.5 months[245]

CueCat (Scan Device) Compared To Other  and Technology Introductions

CueCat device achieved its first 1,000,000 users within its first 30 days and by 60 days was pushing 2.4m users.  Pulitzer achieved getting 5% of computer users and 10% of Internet users to install his software app and install his device within first 30 days[246],[247],[248]


Time to 10% market penetration[249]

Telephones             25 Years

Electricity                30 years

Radio                           7 Years

Television                11 Years

Computers                 9 Years

Mobile Phones        11 years

Internet                      9 Years

Smart Phones           7 Years

One of the Largest Technology Deployments in History

adageAdAge Magazine wrote “Digital:Convergence is in the midst of one of the fastest and largest deployments of a consumer technology. In less than one month’s time, more than 600,000 American consumers have installed: CRQ technology and have swiped 5.5 million codes. :CRQ technology is working and forever changing the way consumers access relevant information on the Internet.”[250]

Hemorrhaging Cash

As the capital markets dried up and numerous major IPO’s stalled, the Dot Com Crash saw the implosion of many Wall Street hopefuls such as DigitalConvergece.  SEC records show DigitalConvergece had a burn rate fluctuating between $7m and $9m[251]a month as the grim stock market realities took hold.  DigitalConvergece burned $185m[252]


The DOT COM crash of the early 2000’s saw many technology causalities alongside Pulitzer’s DigitalConvergence.


Lost $147 million in the first nine months of 2000, and the company was unable to secure more cash from investors. Company folded in November 2000, laying off about 300 employees. [254] $250m Burned

A venture-capital-funded online company that promised free one-hour delivery of “videos, games, dvds, music, mags, books, food, basics & more”  in several major cities in the United States. It was founded March 1998 and was out of business by April 2001.[255]

Webvan $370m Burned
November 1999 IPO, Webvan raised $375 million, shares traded at around $30 and the company was valued at $1.2 billion.  It closed shop in July 2001, and laid off 2,000 employees when it failed.[256]

Go.Com $790m Burned grew out of a merger of Disney’s online properties like and with the search engine Infoseek.  In January 2001, Disney announced it would shut down, and the company took a write-off totaling $790 million.[257]

NICK OF TIME – The Lucky Ones

Bloomberg relates how some start-ups at the same time as Pulitzer’s managed to get out just in the nick of time.  “[258] was founded in 1998, however, so few people had broadband access that few ever actually heard anything on the site.  In April 1999, Yahoo acquired the company for $5.7 billion, making Mark Cuban a lot of money. But the company never took off and now it doesn’t exist”.[259],[260]

broadcsast-cubanShowing how the Dot Com era was a roulette wheel of fortunes, Fortune Magazine rated Cuban’s “One of the worst Acquisitions of All Time[261]citing, “Yahoo executives got way ahead of themselves in acquiring, an online television site founded by Mark Cuban, for $5.7 billion in 1999. Slow dial-up connections made watching video a test of patience as did the laughably meager library of shows (think 1960-era monster movies and Victoria’s Secret fashion shows). The service soon disappeared, as did the executives who engineered the deal.”


Business Insider wrote, “Interestingly, it seems the CueCat [262]is worth more dead than alive. Once available for free, the device can now be found on sale at eBay for prices ranging from $5 to as much as $100.”[263]

To this day, CueCat is a perpetual top seller on eBay.


bloomberg-logoPulitzer’s technology patents after the Dot Com crash went on to be one of the most valuable Internet Commerce and Communication Patent Portfolios in history.  Pulitzer’s failures lead to later success.  In July 2006, Bloomberg reported: “Everyone fears failure. But breakthroughs depend on it. The best companies embrace their mistakes and learn from them[264] “Intelligent failures — those that happen early and inexpensively and that contribute new insights about your customers — should be more than just tolerable. They should be encouraged. “Figuring out how tomaster this process of failing fast and failing cheap and fumbling toward success is probably the most important thing companies have to get good at,” says Scott Anthony, the managing director at consulting firm Innosight.”[265]


nytThe New York Times wrote, “Digital Convergence has also begun diversifying its partnerships, including a deal with Verizon Information Services to publish cues in its directories, and entering discussions with corporations about uses in business settings.”[266]

Pulitzer’s company went down, even though it had in excess of $200M in contracts for its “Q’s” in notable publications and media[267],[268].  However, the company could not bridge the gap between the horrible crashed markets and the time the contracts would mature.  One of the more notable big deals, Pulitzer negotiated for his Scan Commerce and Scan-to-Connect Technology were:

Verizon Information Services Rolls Out First SuperPages Phonebooks Incorporating Print-to-Web :CueCat Access[269] 

verizionNews stories on March 28, 2001 announced “Digital:Convergence Nabs Verizon Yellow Pages Deal” “Handheld scanner maker Digital:Convergence aims to let Yellow Page users “let their scanners do the walking.”  The agreement between Dallas-based Digital:Convergence and local neighbor Verizon Information Services, will put DC bar codes in Verizon Yellow Pages phone books, beginning with more than a million editions in the Dallas region.

The system works like this: swiping a bar code in the Yellow Pages with DC’s :CueCat computer peripheral or Cross:Convergence pen-based scanner will load up an associated Web page when the scanner interfaces with a PC. For instance, swiping a bar code next to an ad for a pizza parlor could bring up an online menu and ordering information when the user “docks” their Cross:Convergence pen scanner.

Digital:Convergence already has deals with several magazine publishers to include bar codes (or “cues”) with their articles or ads. But now, the deal stands to expand Digital:Convergence’s solution in an important way — Verizon is the world’s largest directory publisher.”[270],[271],[272],[273],[274],[275]

ypagesIn the United States, there are more than 8,000 Yellow Pages directories published by such companies as Verizon, SBC, Bell South, Yellow Book, RH Donnelley and Sprint.[276]  The agreement with Verizon would have put over 1,000,000,000 unique Cue’s or Q’s in circulation and was expected to potentially double Yellow Page Ad revenues.[277]

President of Forbes Magazine, Former President of American Express[278], and Jim Berrien[279] said, “The magazine could end up going a different way, based on the response from readers.” “If it’s not this technology, there’s some other version of it that will stick,” when commenting on his deployment of 830,000 of Pulitzer’s devices to his readers of Forbes magazine.[280],[281]

forbesForbes said that although it “sent over 850,000 subscribers the CueCat last fall with its “Best of the Web” issue, “Forbes is pretty much committed to bringing its readers the newest, most effective technology, so that was where the original partnership (with DigitalConvergence) came,” said Laurie Baker, manager of corporate communications at Forbes. “As the technology continues to evolve, we want to stay on the cutting edge; so if a new technology came along that we felt that might benefit our readers, we would certainly bring that to them as well.”[282]


Pulitzer’s company became famous for the device developed to introduce the world to Scan Commerce and Scan-to-Connect called CueCat.  The CueCat was the device used to scan the first-generation Q’s or Q-Codes (CueCodes)[283].

hand-scanner-cueRecords show Pulitzer was working on developing a merged Mouse and Cat via the Wireless Microsoft Optical Reader[284] and had already developed a keychain version and a mobile version[285], which was a battery attachment to add to one’s mobile phone.  Pulitzer was already working with the likes of Motorola to get integrated into the new crop of mobile phones planned for roll out a mere 16 months after the eventual DigitalConvergence death dive in the dot com crash.

At the time of CueCat’s introduction their cameras on cell phones had only achieved a 38% penetration globally[286] and cell phones with cameras was still a new idea and was to be released 60 days after the planned DigitalConvergence IPO.  The camera integrated into the cell phone was what would put the Q-Codes over the top and make it easier for consumers to use the Scan Commerce and Scan-to-Connect platform.

digitaltrends-logoDigital Trends in reporting the history of the camera feature in cell phones reported the following: “The first cell phone with a built-in camera was manufactured by Samsung and released in South Korea in June of 2000. The SCH-V200 flipped open to reveal a 1.5-inch TFT-LCD, and the built-in digital camera was capable of taking 20 photos at 350,000-pixel resolution, which is 0.35-megapixels, but you had to hook it up to a computer to get your photos. The camera and the phone components were essentially separate devices housed in the same body.[287]

The web browser on a mobile phone technology was already available at the time of CueCats introduction.   A British company, STNC Ltd., developed a mobile browser (HitchHiker) in 1997 that was intended to present the entire device UI. The demonstration platform for this mobile browser (Webwalker) had 1 MIPS total processing power. This was a single core platform, running the GSM stack on the same processor as the application stack. In 1999 STNC was acquired by Microsoft and HitchHiker became Microsoft Mobile Explorer 2.0[288]


convergence-penPulitzer had already introduced the first wireless Q-Reader when DigitalConvergece introduced the Cross[289],[290] Convergence Pen.  News stories of December 2000 reported, The $90 Cross :Convergence pen, which can scan and store up to 300 bar codes/URLs, doubles as a normal pen. However, when run over a bar code printed in a print publication, ad, or on a consumer product, the pen will store a URL that can be visited later, when downloaded into a user’s PC.

The product is aimed at helping users visit Web sites related to the printed material, where they can find product information or make a purchase, without having to remember or type in a lengthy URL.”[291],[292]

Advertising Age reported on December 22, 2000 “Cross:Convergence[293] will read and store virtually all barcode formats found on thousands of products and packages as well as Digital:Convergence Cues, which are being included in numerous advertising and editorial portions of print and electronic media.”[294]


Thousands of spin off ideas, websites and uses for consumer scanning cropped up after the demise of DigitalConvergece.  Pulitzer seeded the consumer market with over two million devices and inventors and software hackers alike created new ways to use the CueCat.

2001TechDirt, Appliance Design and others reported, “Philips today unveiled a home grocery shopping device. It lets you scan in bar codes of groceries you’ve bought to build a regular “shopping list”. That list can then be sent to or downloaded by a grocery store for pickup or home delivery.”[295],[296]

Microsoft Reinvents the CueCat on Your Cell Phone[297],[298],[299],[300]

2005 The German branch of Coca-Cola is promoting its CokeFridge portal by encouraging readers of teen magazines Yam!, Starflash and Mäedchen, to take pictures of a special logo with their camera phones.  After e-mailing the picture to the Coke portal, a mobile game and the CokeFridge java application is dispatched to the sender’s phone.[301]

2011-BrightHub’s Lamar Stonecypher reported “Point and click for more information. In this case, point your phone’s camera at a tag, and your browser will take you to related content. Although this describes how Microsoft’s new Tag Reader application works, a similar notion has been tried before. Discover how CueCat showed the way.”[302]


googlelogo_color_284x96dp2008 – Google, a licensee of Pulitzer’s Scan Commerce and Scan-to-Connect patent portfolio is deploying the scan to connect technology within their properties.  Business Insider reported “Google’s Newspaper Ads: Big Hopes For Small Barcodes[303]When a person scans the barcode with a compatible camera phone, it takes their phone’s browser to a mobile Web address encrypted in the graphic.

What’s the point? This has three benefits: First, it saves the reader the trouble of typing in a Web address into their phone — an annoying process for the majority of wireless subscribers that don’t have phones with QWERTY keypads. Second, it can take the reader to a very specific page, based on an individual ad — like a coupon or a map to the advertiser’s store. And third, it ties into Google’s analytics tools, so advertisers can get a very specific sense of which ads work and which don’t, when people are viewing them, where they’re standing (GPS), etc.”[304],[305]

Interactive Barcodes in Newspaper Ads: The Next Frontier for Google?[306]

Gizmodo reported “Now that the Apple Vs Google war has eclipsed the Microsoft Vs Google war, Microsoft has felt it safe to quietly slip the Android platform a freebie.”[307]

ms tag.png2010 – UberGizmo and CNET reported, “Microsoft Tag could be the next microsoft-tagCueCat” CueCat reincarnated (a cat has nine lives after all, doesn’t it?). Microsoft Tag keeps up with the times, take your cellphone with camera to scan a particular bar code, allowing digital content to appear on the phone itself after doing so. Such tags can be placed in magazines, newspapers, business cards, products as well as large outdoor signs, making it the hyperlink in the physical realm.”[308],[309]


computerworld-magazine-27-february-2012Even though DigitalConvergece went insolvent with the Dot Com crash, Pulitzer’s technology foresight created many technology and Internet firsts.  ComputerWorld writer reported on one of the first for Pulitzer, “Finally, a tech publication has incorporated CueCat bar codes. This complements the way I keep track of developments in the industry.”[310]

Having participated in many Internet firsts like utilizing the first URL in a national TV campaign (1995) “Live At The Majestic” (Cash, Credit and Common Sense w Benjamin Dover)[311] Premier November 10, 1995[312].

The first merging of Television Programming with Radio and Internet (see NetTalkLive citation)

First Interactive Textbooks

cuecat-textbookMay 2001, The Write News reported, “The :CRQ technology from Digital Convergence allows us to offer students and college faculty a unique and compelling marriage between the content in our printed products and related material anywhere on the World Wide Web,” said Ted Buchholz, president of Harcourt College Publishers. “College students benefit from strong, structured learning tools, and conventional textbooks have filled this need for many years. Our new, Web-enhanced textbooks will offer students another tool to improve their learning experiences.”
[313], [314]

Harcourt College Publishers to Expand Education Technology with Interactive Textbooks.[315]  “In an age where college students open their Internet browser before opening a textbook, Harcourt College Publishers is offering new textbooks that will seamlessly link the Internet with the printed page”.

Harcourt is creating a stronger bridge between technology and education by publishing more than 45 Internet-enhanced higher education textbooks that use :CRQ (“See Our Cue”) technology, the award-winning print-to-Web technology from Dallas-based Digital:Convergence Corporation”. [316]

Some of the world’s first interactive textbooks (University Level) include:

Psychology: Search of the Human Mind (CueCat Version) (cuecat Version, Psychology Books & Journals Springer, Online Learning Solutions … book, cognitive psychology cognitive psychology uses brain cognitive.[317]

Society: The Basics (6th Edition)[318] Society: The Basics, Sixth Edition, offers a complete multimedia learning program in sociology including a carefully coordinated package that includes the book, a free interactive CD-ROM in every copy, and an innovative Companion Website™ An excellent resource for professionals in the field of sociology.[319]

Psychology: Search of the Human Mind (CueCat Version) – Lib

Web Information Management: A Cross-Disciplinary Textbook[320]

Wired Classroom: Hype and Reality in Foreign Language  – Springer – With just a SWIPE of the Cue Cat reader across strategically placed cues …[321]

First Interactive Magazine

 forbes-magForbes is linking with Digital Convergence.Com to introduce :CueC.A.T. (cat- for Keystroke Automation Technology). About the size of a computer mouse, it connects to the PC keyboard and, aided by CRQ software, scans UPC-like “cues” printed into magazine content and ads. For those who read magazines at their PC workstation, this eliminates time-consuming ‘Net searches, instead delivering readers to a specific Web page.”[322]


John Travolta, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry

swordfish.jpgThe entertainment industry was a buzz with Q-Codes when Pulitzer was able to get Warner Bros. Pictures to put his Q-Codes on the “Swordfish” movie poster, making it the first interactive movie poster and the movie was backed by a wildly successful website contest.  “Warner Bros. Pictures’ upcoming release of the action-adventure “Swordfish,” coming to theaters this summer, is being launched with an elaborate integrated marketing and advertising campaign.

Seeking to tie promotional efforts into the movie’s theme of hacking and cybercrime, Warner Bros.’s campaign for “Swordfish” centers around a Web site with ten hidden “levels” of password-accessible content.”[323]

Each level was to be revealed by a password, and the passwords were revealed over time at a week to two week intervals,” said Don Buckley, a senior vice president at Warner Bros. Pictures and head of the company’s interactive marketing group. “It reflects the essence of the movie, which is about hacking and the pursuit of money that’s been squirreled away [electronically] … and so we thought ‘let’s reflect this in the structure of our sites.‘”

Ads in Sunday’s New York Times and other major print outlets will feature bar codes readable by Digital:Convergence’s :CueCat scanner. More ads will appear the day before and day of “Swordfish” June 8 premiere. The bar codes will link to a special Web site, Buckley said.

The :CueCat effort is also supported by a radio campaign currently running in the top 60 markets, encouraging listeners to pick up a :CueCat device for free at electronic retailer Radio Shack (with which Digital:Convergence has a longstanding distribution agreement).

Access HollywoodEven traditional film publicity efforts are being tied into the “Swordfish” campaign. Stars Travolta, Hugh Jackman and Halle Berry were coached to let passwords slip during interviews, while another password is to be revealed Tuesday night through an “Access:Hollywood” segment on the film.[324]

Pulitzer’s big digital convergence vision and strategy for the studio paid off with huge dividends, Direct Marketing News magazine reported; “Visits to ‘Swordfish’ Site Jump 40 Percent After Sweepstakes” “Traffic jumped 40 percent to 140,000 unique visitors in that week, and it more than tripled to almost 500,000 for the week of June 4 as the movie release approached and sweepstakes awareness increased.”[325]

The “Scan Commerce” and “Scan-To-Connect”[326] Pulitzer Patent Portfolio and Software Operating System created several technologies first such as:

Interactive Textbooks and Classroom Media[327],[328],[329],

Interactive College and University Textbooks [330],[331],[332],[333],[334],[335],

First Linking Consumer Product Bar Codes to the Internet[336],[337],

First Interactive Magazine[338],[339],[340],[341],

Interactive Catalog[342],[343],

Synced Internet and TV Broadcast[344],

Interactive Print Ads and Advertising[345],[346],[347],

Interactive Print News and News Stories[348],[349],

Interactive Yellow Pages[350],[351],[352],[353],[354],[355].

As a further expansion of the CRQ operating system, which enabled the “scan commerce”, technology was to enable TV stations[356] and Newscast to interactively engage with viewers. National Broadcasting Company, Inc. on April 18, 2000, to licensed :CRQ software to NBC[357], [358],[359]its cable networks and several of its affiliates. As part of the agreement NBC’s owned and operated television stations the exclusive right to use Cues in local programs.[360] These local stations, which were the first TV stations in the country to go fully two-way interactive were Birmingham, Alabama; – Chicago, Illinois; – Columbus, Ohio; – Hartford, Connecticut; – Los Angeles, California; – Miami, Florida; – New York, New York; – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; – Providence, Rhode Island; – Raleigh, North Carolina; – San Diego, California; and – Washington, D.C. [361],[362],[363],[364],[365]


Smithsonian_Institution_logo.gifPulitzer’s was named[366],[367],[368]Program Laureate and International Leader in Internet and Broadcast/Media Arts Technology by Smithsonian ComputerWorld Magazine[369],[370],[371].  The Computerworld Honors program has had the privilege of recognizing and documenting visionary applications of information technology moving businesses forward and benefiting society. [372],[373],[374]

Those to be honored with the title “Laureate” are presented by industry peers and thought leaders and selected from several key categories,[375] and Laureates body of work they are recognized for is preserved for case study and teaching purposes at over 160 major Universities, Museums and Global Institutions.[376]

harvard-reviewAwards are presented annually to ten organizations, institutions or special projects, public or private, whose impact on the information technology revolution has been judged exceptionally innovative, particularly effective, and especially worthy.  From each year’s class of Computerworld Honors Laureates fifty finalists for these coveted awards are selected by an independent panel of distinguished judges.  From those fifty finalists, the judges then select only ten, worldwide, as representative of the very best of their class.[377]

Each Laureate is recognized specifically for the project in their Case Study, with the presentation of a Gold Medal. [378],[379]

The Honors Program’s Archives Online to provide continual access to primary source materials and interviews provided by the Program’s Laureates, and international leaders of the information technology revolution.  The Honors program stores thousands of Case Studies of outstanding applications of information technology which have been gathered since 1989 and Pulitzer’s Laureate Case Study is found in the permanent research collections of the Program’s Global Archives, a select group of the world’s leading academic and research institutions.[380],[381],[382]

Technologies to Transform Educational Media[383]
Information Semantics and Granularity in Cross-Media Publishing[384]

Reverse Engineering in Computer Applications[385] 

Stimulating interest in practical e-commerce programming using barcodes, Amazon web services, Java, and XML[386]

Reinventing Communications – Harvard Business Review[387],[388]

Collaborative Communities, Partnering for Profit in the Networked Economy By Jeffrey C. Shuman, Janice Twombly, David Rottenberg[389]

Inventing the Modern World: Technology & Society- San José State University College of Social Sciences, Department of Geography & Global Studies GLST156[390]

Computer Device, Successful Software App and Mobile Devices
original-cuecodeAlthough CueCat, Pulitzer’s first computer peripheral device invented, received most of the press attention CueCat was actually part of a suite of products, i.e., a Software program, a mobile app, (one of the very first), an operating platform, a server architecture and various mobile devices.   CRQ – which stood for “SEE OUR Q” – was his award winning software.[391],[392],[393],[394],[395],[396],[397],[398],[399],[400],[401]


Even though DigitalConvergence shut down, Pulitzer’s CueCat device still in use  and has spawned a huge cottage industry and followers:


Using the Cue Cat Scanner to Catalog CED Titles[403]

Library Cataloging and Collections[404]

100 Different Software Apps For CueCats[405]


Once DigitalConvergece filed bankruptcy a run on the assets and technology of DigitalConvergence started. Fearing the loss of the highly prized DigitalConvergence Patent Portfolio, Pulitzer assembled a team of investors consisting of one of his DigitalConvergence Angel Investors, several DigitalConvergence former Executives, former DigitalConvergece Board Members, two of Pulitzer’s past partners in Tripledge Windshield Wipers, Pulitzer’s long time Patent Lawyer and a select outside investors bought the complete DigitalConvergence Patent Portfolio at the court ordered auctioning of DigitalConvergence assets. 


The investment group then nursed the continual perfect, prosecuting and granting of the Pulitzer “Scan To Connect” and “Scan Commerce” Patent Portfolio and developed them into one of the premier patent portfolios of the ecommerce and digital age.


patent-ribbonPulitzer is known for his ability to devise Patent Picket Fence Strategies and is known to approach his patent development from his “Patent Warfare” “Patent Picket Fencing” development theory and business mentality[406],[407],[408],[409].  Often referred to as one to model his patent development style; Pulitzer’s core patents are considered key to the Internet Economy.  Pulitzer’s patents have been granted in the United States and such foreign countries as: Albania, Austria, Belgium, AustriaBelgiumBosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, CyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkEstoniaFinlandFranceGermany, GreeceHungaryIcelandIrelandItalyLatviaLiechtensteinLithuania, LuxembourgMacedoniaMaltaMonacoMontenegroNetherlandsNorway, PolandPortugalRomaniaSan MarinoSerbiaSlovakiaSloveniaSpain, SwedenSwitzerlandTurkey and the United Kingdom. [410],[411],[412],[413],

Pulitzer was able to create a new industry called “Scan Commerce” and “Scan-To-Connect” with this patents and set off the tech rush to enable mobile devices to scan various codes to connect to products, products offers and promotions.  A partial list of Pulitzer’s award winning[414],[415] patent portfolios are:

PAT. NO. Title
1 8,712,835 Method and apparatus for linking a web browser link to a promotional offer[416],[417]
2 8,655,972 Method for controlling a computer using an embedded unique code in the content of recorded media[418],[419]
3 8,484,362 Method and apparatus for accessing a remote location by sensing a machine-resolvable code[420],[421]
4 8,296,440 Method and apparatus for accessing a remote location with an optical reader having a programmable memory system[422]
5 8,069,098 Input device for allowing interface to a web site in association with a unique input code[423]
6 8,028,036 Launching a web site using a passive transponder[424]
7 8,005,985 Method and apparatus for utilizing an audibly coded signal to conduct commerce over the internet[425]
8 7,996,552 Software downloading using a television broadcast channel[426]
9 7,979,576 Method and apparatus for connecting a user location to one of a plurality of destination locations on a network[427]
10 7,975,022 Launching a web site using a passive transponder[428]
11 7,930,213 Method and apparatus for completing, securing and conducting an E-commerce transaction[429]
12 7,925,780 Method for connecting a wireless device to a remote location on a network[430]
13 7,912,961 Input device for allowing input of unique digital code to a user’s computer to control access thereof to a web site[431]
14 7,912,760 Method and apparatus for utilizing a unique transaction code to update a magazine subscription over the internet[432]
15 7,908,467 Automatic configuration of equipment software[433]
16 7,904,344 Accessing a vendor web site using personal account information retrieved from a credit card company web site[434]
17 7,900,224 Method and apparatus for utilizing an audible signal to induce a user to select an E-commerce function[435]
18 7,886,017 Method and apparatus for accessing a remote location by receiving a product code[436]
19 7,870,189 Input device having positional and scanning capabilities[437]
20 7,822,829 Method for interfacing scanned product information with a source for the product over a global network[438]
21 7,819,316 Portable scanner for enabling automatic commerce transactions[439]
22 7,818,423 Retrieving personal account information from a web site by reading a credit card[440]
23 7,792,696 Method and apparatus for allowing a broadcast to remotely control a computer[441]
24 7,739,353 Launching a web site using a personal device[442]
25 7,694,020 Network routing utilizing a product code[443]
26 7,653,446 Method and apparatus for automatic configuration of equipment[444]
27 7,636,788 Method and apparatus for matching a user’s use profile in commerce with a broadcast[445]
28 7,596,786 Method and apparatus for utilizing an existing product code to issue a match to a predetermined location on a global network[446]
29 7,558,838 Method for configuring a piece of equipment with the use of an associated machine resolvable code[447]
30 7,548,988 Software downloading using a television broadcast channel[448]
31 7,536,478 Method and apparatus for opening and launching a web browser in response to an audible signal[449]
32 7,533,177 Method and apparatus for accessing a remote location with an optical reader having a programmable memory system[450]
33 7,526,532 Method for interconnecting two locations over a network in response to using a tool[451]
34 7,523,161 Control of software interface with information input to access window[452]
35 7,505,922 Method and apparatus for utilizing a unique transaction code to update a magazine subscription over the internet[453]
36 7,496,638 Launching a web site using a portable scanner[454]
37 7,493,384 Controlling a PC using a tone from a cellular telephone
38 7,493,283 Performing an e-commerce transaction from credit card account information retrieved from a credit card company web site[455]
39 7,487,259 Method and apparatus for allowing a remote site to interact with an intermediate database to facilitate access to the remote site[456]
40 7,440,993 Method and apparatus for launching a web browser in response to scanning of product information[457]
41 7,437,475 Method and apparatus for utilizing an audibly coded signal to conduct commerce over the internet[458]
42 7,428,499 Input device for allowing interface to a web site in association with a unique input code[459]
43 7,424,521 Method using database for facilitating computer based access to a location on a network after scanning a barcode disposed on a product[460]
44 7,415,511 Method for interfacing scanned product information with a source for the product over a global network[461]
45 7,412,666 Method for conducting a contest using a network[462]
46 7,398,548 Method and apparatus for controlling a user’s pc through a broadcast communication to archive information in the user’s pc[463]
47 7,392,945 Portable scanner for enabling automatic commerce transactions[464]
48 7,392,312 Method for utilizing visual cue in conjunction with web access[465]
49 7,392,285 Method for conducting a contest using a network[466]
50 7,386,600 Launching a web site using a personal device[467]
51 7,383,333 Method and apparatus for tracking user profile and habits on a global network[468]
52 7,383,319 Method and apparatus for accessing a remote location with a reader having a dedicated memory system[469]
53 7,379,901 Accessing a vendor web site using personal account information retrieved from a credit card company web site[470]
54 7,370,114 Software downloading using a television broadcast channel[471]
55 7,346,694 Presentation of web page content based upon computer video resolution[472]
56 7,321,941 Network routing utilizing a product code[473]
57 7,318,106 Method and apparatus for utilizing an audibly coded signal to conduct commerce over the internet[474]
58 7,314,173 Optical reader with ultraviolet wavelength capability[475]
59 7,308,483 Method and apparatus for automatic configuration of equipment[476]
60 7,296,746 Aiming indicia for a bar code and method of use[477]
61 7,287,091 Method and apparatus for opening and launching a web browser in response to an audible signal[478]
62 7,284,066 Method and apparatus for matching a user’s use profile in commerce with a broadcast[479]
63 7,257,619 Bar code scanner and software interface interlock for performing encrypted handshaking and for disabling the scanner or input device in case of handshaking operation failure[480]
64 7,257,614 Digital ID for selecting web browser and use preferences of a user during use of a web application[481]
65 7,240,840 Optical reader and use[482]
66 7,237,104 Automatic configuration of equipment software[483]
67 7,228,282 Method and apparatus for directing an existing product code to a remote location[484]
68 7,197,543 Method and apparatus for accessing a remote location with an optical reader having a dedicated memory system[485]
69 7,191,247 Method for connecting a wireless device to a remote location on a network[486]
70 7,159,037 Method and apparatus for utilizing an existing product code to issue a match to a predetermined location on a global network[487]
71 7,117,240 Method and apparatus for launching a web site with non-standard control input device[488]
72 7,089,291 Battery pack having integral optical reader for wireless communication device[489]
73 7,069,582 Method and apparatus for controlling a user’s PC through an audio-visual broadcast to archive information in the user’s PC[490]
74 7,043,536 Method for controlling a computer using an embedded unique code in the content of CD media[491]
75 7,010,577 Method of controlling a computer using an embedded unique code in the content of DVD media[492]
76 6,985,962 Method and apparatus for allowing a remote site to interact with an intermediate database to facilitate access to the remote site[493]
77 6,985,954 Input device for allowing input of a unique digital code to a user’s computer to control access thereof to a web site[494]
78 6,981,059 Audible designation for a node on a communication network[495]
79 6,973,438 Method and apparatus for delivering information from a remote site on a network based on statistical information[496]
80 6,970,916 Method for conducting a contest using a network[497]
81 6,970,914 Method and apparatus for embedding routing information to a remote web site in an audio/video track[498]
82 6,961,555 System and apparatus for connecting a wireless device to a remote location on a network[499]
83 6,877,032 Launching a web site using a portable scanner[500]
84 6,868,433 Input device having positional and scanning capabilities[501]
85 6,860,424 Optical reader and use[502]
86 6,845,388 Web site access manual of a character string into a software interface[503]
87 6,843,417 Aiming indicia for a bar code and method of use[504]
88 6,836,799 Method and apparatus for tracking user profile and habits on a global network[505]
89 6,829,650 Method and apparatus for opening and launching a web browser in response to an audible signal[506]
90 6,829,646 Presentation of web page content based upon computer video resolutions[507]
91 6,826,592 Digital ID for selecting web browser and use preferences of a user during use of a web application[508]
92 6,823,388 Method and apparatus for accessing a remote location with an optical reader having a programmable memory system[509]
93 6,816,894 Method for interfacing scanned product information with a source for the product over a global network[510]
94 6,792,452 Method for configuring a piece of equipment with the use of an associated machine resolvable code[511]
95 6,791,588 Method for conducting a contest using a network[512]
96 6,758,398 Optical reader with ultraviolet wavelength capability[513]
97 6,757,715 Bar code scanner and software interface interlock for performing encrypted handshaking and for disabling the scanner in case of handshaking operation failure[514]
98 6,754,698 Method and apparatus for accessing a remote location with an optical reader having a dedicated memory system[515]
99 6,745,234 Method and apparatus for accessing a remote location by scanning an optical code[516]
100 6,725,260 Method and apparatus for configuring configurable equipment with configuration information received from a remote location[517]
101 6,708,208 Unique bar code for indicating a link between a product and a remote location on a web network[518]
102 6,704,864 Automatic configuration of equipment software[519]
103 6,701,369 Method and apparatus for accessing a remote location by sensing a machine-resolvable code[520]
104 6,701,354 Method for interconnecting two locations over a network in response to using a tool[521]
105 6,697,949 Method and apparatus for controlling a user’s pc through an audio-visual broadcast to archive information in the users pc[522]
106 6,694,356 Remote control having an optical indicia reader[523]
107 6,688,522 Unique bar code[524]
108 6,643,692 Method for controlling a computer using an embedded unique code in the content of video tape media[525]
109 6,636,896 Method and apparatus for utilizing an audibly coded signal to conduct commerce over the internet[526]
110 6,636,892 Method for conducting a contest using a network[527]
111 6,631,404 Method and system for conducting a contest using a network[528]
112 6,629,133 Interactive doll[529]
113 6,622,165 Method and apparatus for allowing a remote site to interact with an intermediate database to facilitate access to the remote site[530]
114 6,615,268 Method for controlling a computer using an embedded unique code in the content of dat media[531]
115 6,594,705 Method and apparatus for utilizing an audibly coded signal to conduct commerce over the internet[532]
116 6,526,449 Method and apparatus for controlling a computer from a remote location[533]
117 6,384,744 Method and system for data transmission from an optical reader[534]
118 6,377,986 Routing string indicative of a location of a database on a web associated with a product in commerce[535]
119 D432,539 Keystroke automator[536]
120 6,098,106 Method for controlling a computer with an audio signal[537]


Pulitzer has patents in 189 countries.

Key countries include: Albania, Austria, Belgium, AustriaBelgiumBosnia and HerzegovinaBulgariaCroatiaCyprusCzech RepublicDenmark,



San MarinoSerbiaSlovakiaSloveniaSpainSwedenSwitzerland,

TurkeyUnited Kingdom

Pulitzer’s International Patent Citations can be found by searching WIPO – Search International and National Patent Collections and PCT – The International Patent System – WIPO utilizing Pulitzer’s full name Jovan Hutton Pulitzer and/or his birthname Jeffry Jovan Philyaw.

Scan to Connect Scan Commerce Patents Acquired


Pulitzer and other investors rescued the patent portfolio of DigitalConvergence from the bankruptcy courts in 2001 and over the ensuring years the patents came to be a wildly successful patent portfolio and were eventually bough out by patent aggregator RPX Corporation, San Francisco[538], [539], [540] and RPX-lV Acquisition LLC.  Each patent was thereby transferred to RPX and all patents assigned over[541],[542] making Pulitzer’s patents one of the largest patent portfolio holdings of RPX Corp.[543]


After acquiring his DigitalConvergence Scan Commerece and Scan-to-Connect patents out of bankruptcy, Pulitzer and his partners continued to fund and perfect his Internet Patent Portfolio.  After a few years, the massive Pulitzer Patent Portfolio Scan Commerce and Scan-to-Connect Portfolio[545],[546],[547] was sold to RPX Corp.

RPX Corporation[548], [549](NASDAQ:RPXC) is a spin-off of Intellectual Ventures, founded by former VPs of Licensing at Intellectual Ventures, John Amster and Geoffrey Barker. RPX[550] is a defensive patent aggregator that buys patents or patent licenses, and then turns around and licenses these patents or patent rights to their member clients. As a result, RPX members are protected from litigation on these patents, and can defend themselves against future lawsuits by drawing upon RPX’s portfolio. RPX’s annual membership fees range from $65,000 to $6.9 million depending on the company’s operating income. RPX has pledged never to use its patents to engage in litigation.

To date, RPX has cleared more than 15,500 patents, achieved over 1,000 litigation dismissals and saved its nearly 320 clients more than $3.3 billion dollars in avoided legal costs and inflated settlements.[551]

RPX is one of the largest, most active buyers in the patent market. Since 2008, has spent nearly $2 billion on patent assets, acquiring more than 10,000 US and international patent assets and rights.[552] Every patent RPX acquires is defensive; RPX does not assert or litigate its patents, therefore the Pulitzer “Scan Commerce” and “Scan-To-Connect” patents and portfolio and are now licensed and part of a patent risk management service, offering defensive buying, acquisition syndication, patent intelligence and advisory services and provides introduced efficiency to the patent market by providing a rational alternative to litigation. This patent portfolio now covers such companies as Brocade Communications Systems, Inc.; Crate & Barrel Holdings, Inc.; eBay, Inc.; F5 Networks, Inc.; Lantiq Beteiligungs- GmbH & Co. KG; QuickLogic Corporation; Rackspace Hosting, Inc.; Sonus Networks, Inc.; Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.; and Zynga Inc. Advanced Micro Devices, Inc., Avaya Inc., Ericsson AB, Vivitek Corporation’s parent Luxeon International Holding LTD, MobiTV, Inc., Nikon Corporation, Pantech Co., Ltd., Pioneer Corporation, WowWee Group Limited,  NEC Corporation, Hitachi, Ltd.,Novell, Inc.; Nanya Technology Corporation; Lawson Software, Inc.; Leap Wireless International Inc.; Nuance Communications, Inc.; Barnes & Noble, Inc. Atheros Communications, Inc., Broadcom Corporation, Hynix Semiconductor, Inc., Integrated Device Technology, Inc., Marvell Technology Group Ltd., Qualcomm Incorporated, Intel Corporation, Sony Corporation, HTC Corporation, LG Electronics Inc., Nokia Corporation, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., Best Buy Co, Inc., Fujitsu Limited, Intuit Inc., Juniper Networks, Inc., Red Hat Inc., and Walgreen Co IBM, AOL, Cisco, Google and TiVo [553]including more than 330 companies, ranging from early-stage firms to Fortune 100 industry leaders.[554]


Pulitzer to launch his Q-Code Software and create things to swipe with the initial device CueCat , Pulitzer has to create a database and “Activate” the existing 16,800,000 active barcodes in use at the time of launching CueCat. Today, not only do all barcode, upc codes, ISBN codes and product codes connect to a central database, but nearly 100% of all consumer products now feature a unique Q-Code for consumers to scan to use Pulitzer’s Scan Commerce and Scan-to-Connect software and licenses which now come with all mobile devices manufactured.


Pulitzer’s Vision Comes To Fruition

With the RPX acquisition of Pulitzer’s Scan Commerce and Scan-to-Connect Patent Portfolio, and its subsequent licensing to companies such as Google, Apple, eBay, Microsoft and virtually every global mobile device manufacturer; numerous companies have brought forth Pulitzer’s global vision for using codes to connect.  Some examples of where others used Pulitzer’s pioneering technology to connect the digital world [555],[556],[557],[558],[559],[560],[561],[562],[563],[564],[565],[566]:

Apple Pay allows you to pay at the counter with your iPhone[567],[568],[569]

eBay’s Barcode Scanning App RedLaser Nearing Nine Million Downloads[570]

AT&T Code Scanner, Free Mobile Application for Scanning Mobile Barcodes Now Available – Consumers Can Also Create Personal Mobile Barcodes with AT&T Create-a-Code[571]

Mobile Payment -The Fastest Way to Pay at Starbucks[572],[573]

E-ZPass Toll Payment System Launched[574]

American Airlines Launches “Mobile Boarding Pass”[575]

Evernote’s New Free App Takes the Ugh Out of Scanning[576]

mcdqr.gifMcDonald’s Use Of QR Codes To Find Nutritional Info[577]

When One App Rules Them All: The Case of WeChat and Mobile in China[578]

camelot-lottery-ticket-qr-code-1.jpgAll National Lottery tickets will have QR codes as Camelot looks to quicken ‘strong’ sales via smartphone[579]

SnapScan Payments a Reality[580]

11 Best Shopping Apps to Compare Prices[581]

Bank of the West Launches Scan to Pay, One of the First, Most Accurate and Easiest Mobile Bill Payment Features in the U.S.[582]

kik codes.jpgKik Codes launch on Kik Messenger, making it easier to connect with people[583],[584]

Motorola Updates Camera And Gallery Apps, Now Allows QR Code Scanning And Saving Albums to MicroSD [585]

Korea’s Tesco reinvents grocery shopping with QR-code “stores” [586]

Beacons, QR Codes And 3-D Printing: Enter The Museum Of The 21st Century[587]

pokemon_qr_codes_by_aruneproject-d4h0ad6.pngPokémon Sun and Moon includes QR code feature[588]

WeChat Wallet has kept QR codes alive in China[589]

16 secret WhatsApp features that everyone should know about[590]

barcode_blogpost_headercollage.pngVIN BARCODE SCANNING TECHNOLOGY[591]



wall-street-journal-logo_20110715210549.jpgThe Wall Street Journal wrote, “ His resume includes a stint as a talk-show host as well as work with such luminaries of the infomercial world as the Tripledge windshield wiper and Susan Powter, the diet guru.[592]


TOP TWO MEGA-HITS – Tripledge Wipers and Susan Powter

tripledgeTripledge Windshield Wipers (from bankruptcy to $500m Name Brand)

Pulitzer is credited with creating hundreds of millions in sales for such famous products and TV brands[593] as Tripledge Wipers, Susan Powter “Stop The Insanity[594]and others.

Over $518,000,000 in 2 years

Edgar-Online.jpgEdgar Online and SEC Filings show “Tripledge Wiper Blades, which sold over 1,000,000 units on television, has already sold over 25,000,000 units at retail”[595] in just the first two years of Pulitzer’s efforts beginning.  These number equate to over $518,000,000 in gross retail sales and Tripledge Wipers are still being sold to this day”.

tripledge.jpgTripledge Wipers was formerly known as the “Smear Clear” Corporation and was forced into bankruptcy.  When coming up for the liquidation auction, the group of investment bankers looking at acquiring the assets to sell off and make a margin on their investment, reached out to Pulitzer to see if he could sell off the assets for them.  When reviewing the assets and past record of the product, Pulitzer came back to the Investment Bankers and recommended they let him repackage the product and reposition the products and build a company, not sell off assets bought in a bankruptcy sale.  The story became direct marketing and retail marketing history.

Pulitzer’s direct marketing and retail plan pulled Tripledge out of bankruptcy and took them to $1,000,000 a month in sales from the very start[596],[597],[598].    The former company which went bankrupt sold an estimated 220,000 units in the preceding 10 years of operation, and under Pulitzer’s plan and guidance, Tripledge became a company selling at its height 38,000 units a day. Tripledge’s marketing strategy devised and executed by Pulitzer became the industry standard for rolling out TV leveraged brands to retail.

stop insanity.jpg$350,000,000 in sales, $27,000,000 the first week after release

Susan Powter[599]– Stop The Insanity – The Queen of Infomercials[600]

washington post.pngThe Washington Post[601] declared Pulitzers’ client Susan Powter: Queen of Infomercials and went on to report, “Powter says she sells approximately 15,000 of these packages each week. That would put the monthly infomercial gross in the $5 million range. Powter said she sold 300,000 ($27,000,000) in the first two weeks the infomercial aired.”[602]

The New York Times reported on October 31, 1993 that the product created for Susan Powter by Pulitzer as “Millions of women have grabbed on to Powter’s low-fat, high-self-esteem philosophy of life — get well and get even through diet and exercise — which she preaches on the infomercial, on ABC-TV’s “Home” show and in the “Stop the Insanity!” book, which hit the New York Times best-seller list in its first week of publication[603]

susan powter.jpgThe Baltimore Sun reported on October 13, 1993 that Pulitzer’s Infomercial concept for Susan Powter was “generating over $5.6 million a month in sales”[604],[605].  According to the Los Angeles Times as reported on October 29, 1993, the “Stop The Insanity Infomercial won Infomercial of the Year[606],[607]

Pulitzer’s “Stop The Insanity” Infomercial for Susan Powter generated over $350m in sales globally[608].

The Day the Rodney King Riots Broke Out – April 29, 1992

The Los Angeles Time reported[609]: “On the afternoon of April 29, 1992, a jury in Ventura County acquitted four LAPD officers of beating Rodney G. King. The incident, caught on amateur videotape, had sparked national debate about police brutality and racial injustice. The verdict stunned Los Angeles, where angry crowds gathered on street corners across the city. The flash point was a single intersection in South L.A., but it was a scene eerily repeated in many parts of the city in the hours that followed.”

abc_gma_flashback_powter_100928_wg.jpgShortly after the verdict was rendered in Los Angeles, investor Richard Frankel[610]approached Pulitzer who had just wrapped speaking at a Television Direct Marketing National Conference.  Frankel asked “Are You Jovan? And if you are we know you are the man to handle our project”.  Pulitzer went on to meet with the Frankel’s and meet Susan Powter and agreed to take on her project.  Bloomberg News reported “If it weren’t for him and his brother, he says, Powter might still be teaching exercise classes at the Dallas fitness center she started in 1989. “We discovered her,” he says. “We invested close to $1 million in her the first two years before we saw any profits. Before we met her, she made something like $14,000 a year.”[611] “Susan went from $14,000 a year house wife to her first royalty check being over $3,000,000 just a few short months later”.[612] Newsweek reported that Pulitzer’s “Stop The Insanity” infomercial deal for Powter and the Frankel’s generated over $100m in sales for their small corporation in well under two years from the infomercials launch date in 1993”. [613]

The financial backers of Susan Powter sought out Pulitzer, based on his reputation for creating huge marketing successes and asked him to look at a personality they wanted to back.  That personality was Susan Powter.  The Book by Jeffrey Louis Decker “Made in America: Self-Styled Success from Horatio Alger to Oprah Winfrey” confirms the meteoric rise and financial windfall of Susan Powter after the Frankel’s contracting with Pulitzer to mold her into a product and infomercial and build her into a brand.[614]

New York Times reported[615]Jerry Frankel, the president of the Susan Powter Corporation, says that “Stop the Insanity!” has spawned an industry” Speaking on first year revenues, “Frankel says he expects the company’s gross revenues for 1993 to reach $50 million.[616],[617]Advertising Age, July 4, 1994, reported “Stop The Insanity” infomercial project did in excess of $60m in its first year[618],[619]. Pulitzer’s marketing positioning of Susan Powter as “the housewife who figured it out[620],[621],[622]

The Infomercial Package Pulitzer conceptualized, developed and implemented generated huge sales.  People Magazine reported on the product this way: “a $79.80 package of video and audio tapes, recipe booklet and body-fat caliper—at the rate of more than $1 million a week. That figure does not include sales of Stop the Insanity!, a guide to permanent “wellness” that was on The New York Times’s self-help best-seller[623],[624] list for 26 weeks last year, or Pocket Powter, her diet paperback. All in all, Powter has amassed more than $100 million by selling hope and determination to the obese.”[625]  The Baltimore Sun confirms the Pulitzer’s Infomercial product for Susan Powter “sold at a rate of 15,000 a week” for a total of $1.35m a week in gross sales”.[626],[627]

cover-vanity-fair-august-2016.jpgVanity Fair Magazine reported[628] on Pulitzer’s work packaging Susan Powter when speaking of her infomercial and best selling book success and the war for the top spot, “War of Words, In the long war over membership in the pantheon of literary greatness….As the English newspaper The Guardian gleefully reported, they were adamant that Wolfe belonged not in the canon but on airport-bookstore shelves between Danielle Steel and Susan Powter’s Stop the Insanity.”

To achieve the phenomenal Susan Powter “Stop The Insanity” marketing success[629], Pulitzer cut a joint venture deal with $1.8b direct marketing giant Fingerhut[630] and their new TV division- USA Direct.  After turning down Pulitzer on the “diet project” 6 times, Pulitzer finally put his reputation on the line and ask Fingerhut Executives to trust his track record and ability to pick and package winners and do not judge it on being a diet program.  The Fingerhut Executives listened and the rest is direct marketing history.[631],[632],[633]

AdAge reported when detailing the success of the then $1.8b mail order giant[634], “The company’s 2-year-old USA Direct unit has made fitness guru Susan Powter a household name with its “Stop the Insanity!” infomercial. USA Direct expects to sell $125 million in exercise equipment, housewares and other merchandise this year.”[635],[636] The SEC confirms the sales success Fingerhut Corp had with Pulitzer’s “Stop The Insanity” Project in their 10k filing for that year.[637],[638]

Per Greg Lerman, former Chairman of USA Direct and EVP of Fingerhut Companies, said this about Pulitzer and his bringing them Susan Powter, “As Chairman of USA Direct and EVP of Fingerhut I met Jovan in the 1990’s. At that time I had been the Executive Producer of blockbuster infomercials including Body By Jake and Bissell’s Big Green Clean Machine. Jovan proved to be a marketing “wunderkind” and combined with his intensity and persistence was able to drag me into quick decision to introduce Susan Powter’s highly successful “Stop the Insanity.” I expect more break through ideas from Jovan in the future.[639],[640]

baltimore sun.jpegSusan Powter told the Baltimore Sun Newspaper about her new career as a TV Star and Pop Icon, “Anyone that has made money that can say it doesn’t make life a helluva lot easier is a liar. It makes life easier, it absolutely gives you more opportunities so if you want to go on vacation, you can. My children and I can pay the electric bill. I lived in fear of the first of every month. I don’t do that anymore, and it’s a blessing,” she says. “But I also work [hard]; I get paid; I happen to do something I love.[641]


The Guerrilla Marketing Handbook called Pulitzer’s Infomercial of Powter “the Ultimate infomercial guerrilla success story[642], [643]

Pulitzer’s work for Susan Powter[644] turned her into a mail order maven. Building A Mail Order Business, by William A. Cohen, PhD. cites the Stop The Insanity project as a “monumental mail order marketing record[645].

$27,000,000 was generated in the first week of sales for Susan Powter’s Stop The Insanity[646]


The packaging of Susan Powter for the Direct Response Marketplace by Pulitzer, open doors for her direct response brand to jump into the mainstream markets.  For example: “Multimedia Entertainment, known for its long-running talk show hits, DONAHUE and SALLY JESSY RAPHAEL, is launching a new show, SUSAN POWTER, in September. Based on enthusiastic response at the National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) convention in January, the Company expects SUSAN POWTER to appear in at least 80% of the country and 90% of the major markets when it debuts in September”. [647]


new-york-times-best-seller.pngPulitzer’s media work and product packaging helped client “Susan Powter stay on the New York Times Best Seller List for 26 Weeks”.[648]


Numerous Books, Text Books and Case Studies have been written about the direct marketing and brand business success of Pulitzer’s projects.  For example, the book “Killing Giants: 10 Strategies to Topple the Goliath In Your Industry” buy Stephen Denny; recounts most of the marketing strategies utilized by Pulitzer’s distributors and resources[649],[650].

$2.9m in 80 Minutes

qvc.pngPulitzer ushered the Infomercial industry into a relationship with the Home Shopping Industry.  Two industries, which considered themselves competitors until Pulitzer negotiated a National Media relationship between the Amazing Discovery infomercial products and Home Shopping Titan QVC.  After a product would run its infomercial course, the product would then go immediately to the home shopping format.  At the time in the early 90’s the goal of TV Shopping was to do $3000 a minute in sales, however with Pulitzers’ infomercial products such sales goals paled in comparison to the $36,250 a minute Pulitzer brought to bear.[651]


Pulitzer’s work for Tripledge Windeshield Wipers, Susan Powter and CueCat are all recognized in Pop Culture as easily recognized Pop Culture Icons[652]. How Stuff Works called Pulitzer’s vision for the Powter “Stop The Insanity” Infomercial Marketing “One of The Top 10 Infomercials of All Time[653


Pulitzer’s work with Tripledge Wipers[654] is course work and case study at both Stanford Business School[655] and the Harvard Business Review Case Studies Center[656],[657] the School of Entrepreneurship at Oklahoma State University[658]and Harvard Business Publishing[659], whereby the case study chronicles the huge sales success, Entrepreneurial Finance, Acquisitions and Entrepreneurship and details “Looks at a financing proposal written by two young entrepreneurs who have purchased the assets of a struggling windshield wiper company. The company is on the verge of enormous growth and needs capital for inventory and the projected ramp-up[660],[661]


A Business Case Study from the University of Arkansas written by Reppert, James E. and presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Social Science Association, regarding *Cable Television; Higher Education; *Introductory Courses; *Mass Media; *Television Commercials; Television Curriculum; Units of Study; is quoted as saying “Stars can also be made from well-liked infomercials. Susan Powter, a self-described weight and fitness expert, has crossed over into the broadcast marketplace as a result of the success of her Stop the Insanity! Infomercials. She signed a contract to host her own syndicated talk show beginning in the fall of 1994.”[662]

The Em-Powter-ing of America: Using Infomercials to Teach Persuasion and Popular Discourse in the Basic Communication Course Daniel W. Heaton Capital University [663] used the Susan Powter infomercial and it’s marketing mega-success as the basis for this communications study and course work.

Sap, Sex, and Cigarettes: A Cultural History of American Advertising, Juliann Sivulka Waseda University [664]

EuroMarketing and Marketing In The European Union[665]

ESTABLISHED CASE LAW – Intellectual Property Defense Proven

With the incredible direct marketing success of Tripledge Windshield Wipers many competitors entered the “replacement windshield wiper” marketplace, and even though Tripledge Wipers had 9 patents, Pulitzers’ work, copyrights and unique strategic style of positioning and branding his projects, allowed Lifetime Automotive Products to fight the most egregious of unfair and egregious competitors, not in patent wars; but utilizing “Trade Dress” and other intellectual property protection practices.

The landmark case and legal battle ended up being case law for future study and proved that marketing efforts and various trade dress and copyright protections can be both more valuable and faster enacted on than patent infringement cases.  The case reads as follows:

735 F.Supp. 1154 (1990) TRIPLEDGE PRODUCTS, INC. and Lifetime Automotive Products, Inc., Plaintiffs, v. WHITNEY RESOURCES, LTD., Defendant. United States District Court, E.D. New York. April 18, 1990. No. CV 90-1071 (ADS). [666] MEMORANDUM DECISION,SPATT, District Judge –

This memorandum decision results from an evidentiary hearing on the plaintiffs’ motion for a preliminary injunction to enjoin defendant’s use of “trade dress” and certain terms contained in their advertisements on the grounds that they are allegedly “confusingly similar” to advertisements used by the plaintiffs and also that the defendant’s advertising of the wipers at issue were false, misleading and deceptive. The plaintiffs allege that the defendant violated section 43(a) of the Lanham Act, 15 U.S.C. § 1125(a), as well as New York General Business Law §§ 349, 350 and 368-d, and common law. Specifically, plaintiffs have requested a preliminary injunction enjoining the defendant from:

  • soliciting in any manner, sales of windshield wiper blades sold under the name TRIPLE-EDGE or any colorable variation thereof; (2) advertising the sale of windshield wiper blades using advertising or promotional materials that are similar to those materials employed by Plaintiffs in connection with the sale of TRIPLEDGE windshield wiper blades; (3) soliciting sales of windshield wiper blades designed with a five (5) rib construction; (4) causing to be mailed any advertisements for windshield wiper blades of the type described above; and (5) filling any orders for windshield wiper blades of the type described above.

In short, relying on Pulitzer’s marketing methods, copyrights, positioning and copy, lawyers for Tripledge could get an immediate injunction against the competitors.  At the time of this precedent case judgement, Pulitzer as 25 years old.

Since this legal victory for product markers, the system of protection Pulitzer’s style of work and product packaging afforded has spawned numerous case law citations and legal studies.

Lanham Act and Deceptive Trade Practice Claims Arising Under State Professional Licensure Laws[667]

Trademark Infringement and Unfair Competition in Courts of General Jurisdiction[668]

United States Tables of Cases and Case Law Precedents[669]

Fordham Intellectual Property, Media and Entertainment Law and the Lanham Act and Deceptive Trade Practice Claims Arising Under State Professional Licensure Laws[670]


Pulitzer was born Jeffry Jovan Philyaw and after as long TV career only being known by the one word moniker of “Jovan”, and after a stalker event as result of being a high-profile TV Personality, Pulitzer changed his legal name to match his publishing name of J Hutton Pulitzer.[671],[672],[673]  “Every year, more than 58,000 people apply for legal name changes in the United States, and this trend is growing year by year. This Uber Trend is catching on, from Rock Stars, to Movie Stars even Writers to Politicians, numerous people are changing and improving – their birth names.”

In an intense and often written about local media love hate relationship with Pulitzer the Dallas Observer in 2003 about Pulitzer’s name change, “Jovan is no longer Jovan. Now he’s J. Hutton Pulitzer. Does Mr. Pulitzer have anything to do with the recently announced Pulitzer Prizes? No. What does Mr. Pulitzer do?”[674]


Pulitzer regularly does live events, appearances and speaking events, however one in March of 1997 changed the “Jovan” TV, Radio and Internet fans had come to know

44,000 Cheering Fans

Numerous media outlets, including blogs such as “History of Internet Titans”, DMagazine, Chronicle Herald, Dallas Morning News, wrote of an unfortunate encounter “Jovan” had with a deranged fan.  Quoting the words of an often reprinted interview Jovan had with a talk radio station, Pulitzer recounts the events where 44,000 people showed up live to see him perform and the facts leading up to his somewhat controversial and out of content name change. [675],[676]

westednjhponstage“So, back when I was on television in almost every broadcast and
cable television market in the United States, people only saw the name JOVAN. I basically went by a one-word-moniker like Cher or Sting. People knew me as JOVAN and some knew that my last name started with a P. Then in the mid 90′s after I had done a live broadcast of my television series Net Talk Live! at the Dallas West End Marketplace, we had over 44,000 people show up to watch and participate with the show.
  Well, during that broadcast, about halfway through of our two-hour live show, from across the crowd, and as a matter of fact you can see this in taped versions of the broadcast, someone pointed a red sighting laser right at my forehead. It was freaky and frankly had me worried. It happened right as we were headed to a commercial break.”

Soon as we went to break, my security guards swept in, scooped my off the stage and got me inside the mall where some of our other cast members were broadcasting from. Another detachment of the security team went after the individual, since I was able to see exactly where the beam came from. They did not catch him but several of us got a good look at him.  Anyway, that situation unnerved me. Then about two weeks later the same individual, or what I thought was the same individual, starting hanging around our offices and places we would go with employees for lunch. I noticed he would try to watch all of our cars and I tried to avoid him, but eventually he spotted me in my car, and pulled up next to me and waved as he passed me on the Dallas North Toll Road. 

About this time, I moved my family from one house to a secured gated community. All the time, since I was in the public and being part of a technology show – my email was out there, I started getting emails from the guy commenting on what I had for dinner or lunch or who I met and so on. You know, really detailed stuff and I never knew anyone was watching and even cared. It was a little too close to home for me.  ANYWAY… few weeks later, … this guy shows up AT MY NEW HOME. WITH FLOWERS no less. Now since my wife was my co-host, I thought naturally he was after her, but come to find out HE WANTED ME!  I mean it in the way he W A N T E D ME to share his MAN-LOVE with me in a serious, whether I want to share it with him or not, way. NOW, don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against man-to-man love. To each his own, but its got to be free will don’t you think?


In the interview Jovan continues on his name change and shares how people in the media use name changes to hide their public records from deranged fans and protect their personal information.  He continues to share the story how his investment bankers asked him to wait on his name change until after the IPO as to not confuse the public markets, during his IPO run.

“As I am getting ready to get all the paperwork completed and make the change over, during that last year of getting everything ready, I happened to of started DigitalConvergece and now I had dozens of bankers and lawyers and handlers swarming all around me all hours of the day and they asked me to “hold off” and not cause confusion with a name change since we were targeting an IPO and they did not want to confuse the market makers or high end bankers. So, I agreed to complete the process after the IPO and I took stronger security measures with my family and home to protect us from unwanted “visitors”.   Yes, I started it a few years before DigitalConvergece and held off as not to confuse the IPO, and then after the IPO, the lawyers, bankers and handlers all agreed I could call myself what ever I wanted since everyone was telling me I would become “The Next Bill Gates”.  Now there is a lesson in not believing your own press, but I still kept true to my birth name “Jovan” and that’s the J in J Hutton Pulitzer.”[677], [678]

The Chronicle Herald wrote regarding Pulitzer’s name change, “name change to problems with a stalker related to a TV series he hosted in the 1990s[679]


Independent Television Syndication Record

ntl-anchor-deskPulitzer, when he went by the one word moniker “Jovan” was a regular contributor to ABC Radio[680], Fox Television and had both a Syndicated Radio and Television Program called “NetTalkLive![681],[682]  NetTalk Live[683],[684] is a broadcasting history case study in merged media and interactivity and developed into a Syndicated program that aired 244[685] Original episodes over the course of a TV syndication run of 19 original TV seasons[686].  Bloomberg and Bloomberg News reports “Mr. Philyaw (Pulitzer) created NET TALK LIVE! THE INTERNET TALK SHOW in September 1996 and served as its Executive Producer and host from September 1996 to February 2000. Since December of 1997, Mr. Philyaw has served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Infotainment Telepictures, Inc., the predecessor company that produced NET TALK LIVE! THE INTERNET TALK SHOW.[687] Billboard Magazine reported on April 12, 1997 that NetTalkLive! Started as a radio show and then became a merged TV show and series[688],[689].

hutton-castPulitzer and his Infotainment Telepictures [690],[691],[692],[693],[694]conceptualized and created in 1994, and tested as an original series called “The Insiders”, NetTalk[695]started broadcasting in June 1995 as a Two-Hour Talk Radio Show.  Within weeks, the program (a weekend broadcast) was dominating the Talk Radio marketplace in the 5th largest Broadcast Market (Dallas) in the United States. The show’s creator (who also happened to be the Executive Producer[696], Producer, Director, Writer and Host of the series), developed the idea of turning the runaway hit into a “new type of hybrid broadcast” thus evolved the World’s First TRIPLECAST(1996).  New York Times Best Selling Author, Joel Comm, describes NetTalkLive! As “hosted by a guy named Jovan[697] and his sidekick Laura Lewis. Leveraging a very early version of Mark Cuban’s AudioNet service (soon to become, the show billed itself as the first Triplecast. That is, a broadcast simultaneously aired on TV, Radio AND the Internet.”[698],[699] The series became wildy popular for covering such wild and weird websites as “The Dead People Server” as aired August 8th, 1998[700]


screen-shot-2016-09-26-at-1-04-08-pmAside from his most recent appearances on A&E’s Network –History Channel[701], Pulitzer is noted for his 1997-2000 stint as Host and Executive Producer of NetTalkLive! syndicated globally with its last anchor station being ABC Dallas, Texas WFAA Channel 8[702], [703], [704], [705].  During his time on the air with his syndicated talk and entertainment series, Pulitzer was know by the one word moniker “Jovan”, harking back to his birth name as Jeffry Jovan Philyaw before his legal name change to Jovan Hutton Pulitzer[706], [707].  The NetTalkLive series is credited with creating the world’s first Triplecast[708],[709], [710], [711] of concurrent Television Programing matched with Internet Streaming and simultaneous Radio Broadcasting.  NetTalkLive’s Radio program syndicated to over 300 radio stations with its base station at the time Sesquanhana Radio’s ABC Radio Affiliate in Dallas – 570 KLIF.[712],[713],[714],[715],[716],[717],[718]


AdAge reported much of the negative press as misleading “Over the past few weeks, Digital:Convergence Corp. has been getting quite a bit of coverage in the media — much of it positive, but some of it negative and misleading. Allow me to clear up any confusion and set the record straight.  For those of you who haven’t heard about Digital:Convergence, our proprietary :CRQ technology links consumers directly to specific pages deep within Web sites. The business applications are endless, allowing corporations to truly maximize their Internet potential for the very first time”.[719]

Privacy Concerns and Hacker Attack[720]

Numerous News Papers such as The Washington Post on October 2, 2000 reported that Pulitzer’s company was hacked and users information taken (140,000 profiles). “The company says the privacy issues are overblown since it doesn’t compile profiles on users. Users provide their name and e-mail address to register the software, but the company doesn’t divulge that information to others or use it when compiling the aggregate data. “There’s a lot of smoke and no heat,” Garin said. “Even if we sold this company to Dr. Evil, you couldn’t reconstruct the information to tell what anyone is doing.[721],[722]

ZDNET similarly reported, “Consumer-information watchdog Privacy Foundation will deliver the latest blow to Internet data collector Digital:Convergence Corp. on Thursday when it releases a report criticizing the company’s collection of potentially identifying information over the Internet.”[723],[724]



cato-logo.jpgPulitzer has been a featured expert on Online and Internet Policy concerns for the CATO Institute. [725], The CATO Institute is a public policy research organization — a think tank — dedicated to the principles of individual liberty, limited government, free markets and peace. Its scholars and analysts conduct independent, nonpartisan research on a wide range of policy issues.[726] In the FTC/NTIC presentation on “Online Profiling”, presentation comments submitted to Congress quote “Privacy is quite a different issue than security–the best answer to security concerns might be to use biometrics, not to gather less or no information. “Threats to privacy” are costs that exist largely in people’s minds in the form of vague unease felt for a few seconds when making one’s first purchase online, revived by journalistic hype about “Big Brother” and the prodding of survey takers. Is this state of the jitters a real “cost” to be redressed by government action, or technophobia that will ease with experience and experiments with new business practices?”, An online survey by Jovan ‘Pulitzer’ of found that “consumers tend to worry less about privacy the longer they had spent online.”[727]

The Goldwater Institute

goldwater.pngIn “The Freedom of Information Versus the Right to Privacy” and The Goldwater Institute[728], as a case study cites Pulitzer’s work, “See J. Jovan Philyaw (Pulitzer), CEO of, in a transcript of “A Cato Institute Roundtable: Privacy vs. Innovation,” May 7, 1999, p. 48 (describing use of information to lower costs from $9 per order to $2).”[729] The Goldwater Institute’s mission is based on principle, not partisanship or personalities. Our attorneys boast a perfect win rate in the United States Supreme Court, and a 70 percent victory rate on average. The Institute is home to some of the nation’s greatest experts in journalism, law and public policy.[730]


2001 Smithsonian Laureate Medal for “Most Likely To Change Society”

Pulitzer and his technology won the 2001 Smithsonian Laureate Medal for “Most Likely To Change Society[750],[751],[752],[753],[754] and 16th Annual Codie Award for Best Reference Tool.  As part of wining the Smithsonian Award the Pulitzer Patents and history of there develop are part of Case Studies in 140 Universities and Museums, such as Brown University, Duke University, Yale University, Princeton University, Harvard University, and Helsinki University of Technology.[755],[756],[757],[758]

Infomercial of the Year[759]

Billboard Magazine[760] and Newswire reported “LAS VEGAS, Oct. 28 Susan Powter and her “Stop The Insanity” infomercial, along with infomercials “Personal Power 4” and those hosted by Jake Steinfeld and John Tesh were among the big winners last night at ceremonies held at The Mirage Hotel here during the Second Annual National Infomercial Marketing Association (NIMA) Awards. The NIMA Awards have been created to honor outstanding achievements in all aspects of the infomercial industry.  Powter won a NIMA Award as Best Female Presenter, and her “Stop The Insanity” program also won awards for Infomercial of the Year and Best Production.”

Infomercial Product Of The Year[761]

Infomercial Best Production – Female Presenter of the Year[762] 

Best Talk Show Infomercial – Curves

The New York Times reported that Pulitzer, as Producer, Director and Writer, won Top Industry Honors in 1998 as well.[763] 41st Longest Weekly Episodic TV Series in Syndication History NetTalkLive the TV Series went on to be the 41st longest running weekly TV series based on number of episodes produced and aired.[764]

Platinum Remi Award Winner for TV

WorldFest International Film & Video Festival –

Pulitzer’s TV Creation and Syndicated Series won the Platinum WorldFest Award in 2001 for TV.[765]  Worldfest is the event which discovered Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Ang Lee, John Lee Hancock, Randall Kleiser, Ridley Scott, Robert Rodriguez, Robert Townsend, The Coen Brothers, Spike Lee, Oliver Stone and David Lynch with their very first awards. WorldFest has emerged as the oldest film festival management in the world, with the same continuous director for more than 50 consecutive years.[766]

WorldFest is one of the oldest and largest film & video competitions in the world, with more than 4,500 category entries received from 74 nations in 2016. Actually WorldFest is 10 Major film & video competitions in one event, unlike Cannes, Sundance and Toronto, which are just 2 competitions for shorts and features only.

Pulitzer’s creation, Net Talk Interactive was a Worldfest Platinum Award winning television show and the show went on to win Platinum Telly Award in Family/Children Television.


Pulitzer’s TV creation Net Talk Interactive won at the 22nd Annual Telly Awards [767],[768],[769],[770],[771],[772],[773],[774]

History of the Telly

The Telly Awards was founded in 1979 to honor excellence in local, regional and cable TV commercials. Non-broadcast video and TV program categories were soon added. Today, the Telly is one of the most sought-after awards by industry leaders, from large international firms to local production companies and ad agencies.[775]


Pulitzer’s software app CRQ and its desktop version were recognized by more than 1000 software and information companies for achieving excellence in the software development industry.

During the past 27 years, the SIIA CODiE Awards have recognized more than 1,000 software and information companies for achieving excellence. The CODiE Awards remain the only peer-recognized program in the content, education, and software industries so each CODiE Award win serves as incredible market validation for a product’s innovation, vision, and overall industry impact.[776]

Best Reference Tool
:CRQ Technology, Digital: Convergence Corp.[777]

Award History

The SIIA CODiE Awards were established in 1986 so that pioneers of the then-nascent software industry could evaluate and honor each other’s work. During the years that followed, the program evolved into three tracks—organized by industry focus in content, education, and software—but our core mission has always remained the same: recognizing excellence by honoring the software and information industry’s leading products and services. Award winners are able to leverage their CODiE Award as a prestigious representation of outstanding achievement and vision in the software and information industries.

The origin of the CODiE Award’s name alludes to the program’s basis in the software industry, in which the word “CODiE” is derived from the word “code”. The CODiE Awards logo, re-designed in 2004, combines the word “CODE” with the symbol for information (“i”) to visually represent the CODiE Awards’ focus on the software and digital content industries.[778


During the DigitalConvergence years Pulitzer was nominated for Entrepreneur of the Year by J.D. Powers.[780]

The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards or EY Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, sponsored by Ernst & Young, is a global competition that encourages entrepreneurship. Founded in 1986 in Milwaukee with just one award, as of 2016, twenty-five programs were run in all fifty states of the United States and also run in more than sixty countries.