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|Web and Internet Services
|A key strategic partner of BANNERLINE for
over 25 years, Richard Pitt, has been one of Canada's foremost leaders in the
evolution of the Internet.
Richard Pitt and Doug Cook bring an aggregate of over 40 years of marketing
media expertise, from print, audio and video to the latest in Web
technologies and content.
|Doug Cook was among the Internet pioneers in 1994,
immediately fascinated by the potential of the medium. As more of a
hobby and sideline than a vocation in those early years, he initially
experimented with basic sites for friends and even children. Gradually,
a business and corporate clientele came together and he formed the
company DigiCom WebDesign. In 2000 he became a star student at a
University of British Columbia's innovative program leading to a
Certificate in Internet Publishing, the first of its kind in North
Today, the DigiCom customer list includes corporations of various sizes,
non-profit organizations, pre-eminent world-syndicated caricaturist
Kerry Waghorn (
www.vanishingtattoo.com, which averages
20 million visitors a year. Profiled frequently in international media,
the vast site covers its topic from anthropological roots and history to
the tattoo in modern culture. New York Times cited Vanishing Tattoo as
the number one tattoo information resource on the Internet.
The variety of clients and creative challenges matches his adventurous
early life. Born in Kenora, Ont., his father was a pipeline worker. The
family moved frequently around Canada to various pipeline construction
projects. Doug's early career was in pipeline construction as well, once
interrupted by almost a full year travelling through Southeast Asia,
Nepal and India. Back in Canada he eventually ended up working for a
number of years
at a Vancouver sawmill. It was from this foundation that the Internet
first appeared on his radar.
Active over the years in both his local business community and in
various charitable pursuits, he and his wife Val have two sons and
reside in Maple Ridge, B.C.
|Richard is among the preeminent
pioneers of the Internet industry. He and partner Stuart Lynne launched
Canada's first commercial ISP, wimsey.com, mentioned frequently for
years on CTV National News. From1986 to mid 1993, Wimsey was the main
gateway for e-mail and other Internet access in Western Canada.
This was a logical progression for his personal firm,
Pacific Data Capture. From an early career in still and motion
photography and graphic design, Pitt evolved through retail management
and sales in the high tech industry, to his present consulting business
dealing with all manner of technical integration consulting to
businesses, specializing in integration with the Internet, especially
marketing and sales technologies.
Wimsey Information Services, Inc., became a major
evolution, not just in the formation of a regional ISP, but also in the
most sophisticated of e-mail and Web systems and technology. This firm
developed and marketed a software system called "Internet in a box"
including software for virtual e-mail systems titled VPO (Virtual Post
Office). One major customer for this software was the first ISP in
Beijing, China, in mid-1995. Under Pitt's guidance,
Wimsey grew from two staff members and billings of
$15,000 per month, to 14 full time people and over $1 million per annum
in sales. The web site was twice named the Canadian commercial site of
the year and was rated in the top 50 servers in the world for the amount
of transited news. Under Richard's guidance and management, the Wimsey
systems were instrumental in the development of the Web business in
Western Canada, and at a time when the rest of the Internet was still
teething, handled over one million web hits a day and 50,000 e-mail
messages for 30,000 users. Wimsey was sold to iSTAR (now part of PSI NET)
in 1995. Pitt was retained for a considerable period as a management and
systems consultant to the new firm.
Following the sale of Wimsey, FirePlug Computers was formed to carry
forward a number of software and Internet systems development projects.
In this new company, he and Stuart Lynne continued as pioneers in
expanding the impact of the then fledgling Linux operating system and,
most-notably its use in embedded computers. Their trademarked software
ThinLinux was sold to Lineo Inc., an American firm spun out of Novell
Richard Pitt is among the Canadian computer industry's most frequently
quoted personalities. He has been interviewed by or contributed articles
to scores of publications of all sizes, over the years, and appeared as
an expert guest on countless numbers of radio and television shows.
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