John Steven Calder

"Everyone has eyes.... but few have vision.."


An innovative Product Developer with excellent leadership skills. Design and development of successful products, from concept to production. Experience and design skills allow me to execute multi-discipline product design projects efficiently and definitively. Consistently demonstrated ability to visualize next generation systems.

Demonstrated talent and ability to analyze target markets, technology and strategy, and redefine goals and innovations.

Detailed oriented, without losing the big picture. Strong multitasking and organizational skills, insuring a successful and robust project completion.

A hands-on technical leader who interfaces well with management and marketing to achieve innovative and profitable Next Generation technical goals. Successfully managed over 30 employees and outside contractors. Responsible for all aspects of project, task and resource management, ensuring targets and milestones are met.

Employment History:

Founder and Chief Technical Officer - TableTouch Inc. - 2002 to present (communications company)

Founded innovative technology company that is designed to change the way we use computers. Based upon 3 core technologies: High Viewing angle LCD displays, state of the art touch screen technologies and wireless embedded computing. We have created 2 innovative public access retail infotainment systems. Company has not disclosed its products as of this time.

Design and Development Consultant - 2002 to present (various companies)

Assisting in design and development of image recognition systems based upon neural network chips. Company is currently seeking additional funding for a variety of products using these technologies.

Designed, Architected and implemented handheld wireless terminal for security and identification applications. Design includes fingerprint scanning, live bi-directional video terminal and smart- card reader. Primarily used in law enforcement and European markets, base station supports TARGA networks. Company is currently seeking additional funding.

Chief Technical Officer/ Co-Founder - - 2001 to 2002( streaming media company)

Designed Architected and implemented Broadband multimedia site. Developed custom QuickTime/Windows MediaPlayer applications and QuickTime/Windows MediaPlayer server technologies. Designed site architecture and developed all processes for pre and post production requirements. Fluent in a DV authoring and streaming tools and services. Staffed the technical team from ground zero.

Design and Development Consultant - IDEO - 2000 to 2001(#1 product development company worldwide)

Designed and examined and evaluated various Internet Appliance technologies and strategies. Expertise in wireless, display and handheld technologies and emerging markets. Wrote multiple White Papers on these technologies. Client list available under nondisclosure.

Vice President Electronic Engineering - frog 1999 to 2000 (#3 product development company worldwide)

Started and developed a new discipline in one of the top industrial design firms in the world. My group designed, developed and prototyped Electronic/Electrical systems for frog clients. Responsible for all hardware, software, operating systems and application software for all convergent frog product development.

Project include the "MySmart Pad" and the Ford Motor Company "Think" electric car and kiosk systems. Innovations included using RF ID technology for the Think cars key system.

Director of Research and Development - Premiere Retail Networks 1997 to 1999 (interactive multimedia company)

Designed next generation interactive multimedia systems for the nation's largest on-site at Retail advertising firm. Managed internal R&D group and numerous outside contractors and suppliers. This audio/video interactive delivery system is installed an every Wal-Mart. (See demo)

Completely redesigned the system, from satellite uplink to all in-store media delivery systems. Created interactive touch screen with integrated bar code scanners, to a proprietary audio/video delivery system over CAT5 cabling. Architected and implemented the entire system's e-commerce strategy. Designed NT-based server and dual space PCI DVD/MPEG-II decoder board. The system streams eight (8) interactive, Web based touch screens, providing content specific control over an additional eight (8) MPEG II/DVD videos. Accomplished with a standard Tier 1 vendor PC. Designed expansion capability for e-commerce and home based e-commerce.

Software Developer- 1995-1997 (Independent Contractor)

Wrote Macintosh Client for Cheyenne (Computer Associates) Novell FAX Server system. Wrote in Metrowerks C++. Design included relational database for addressing and grouping. Designed graphics editor for cover page generation. Wrote Novell NLM (Netware Loadable Module) to interface Macintosh ADSP protocol to native Novell API's. Designed and wrote USB software for Polaroid's ColorShot printer. Designed USB Host Controller ASIC.  Wrote standalone Postscript Raster Image Parser for hi-end photo printer company.

Founder - CoActive Computing 1991 (Peer to Peer networking Company)

Designed Peer to Peer Network adapter for PC's. Design was discovered by Kliener, Perkins Caufield and Byers and acquired. Wrote initial business plan, raised seed financing and participated in hiring staff and raising first round financing.

Apple Computer Corporation - Key Developer 1988-1992 (Advanced Technology Group )

As a key developer with Apple's Advanced Technology Group, designed the world first retail POS advertising system. This system based upon our internally developed networking technology, SeriLink, allowed a single Macintosh to control up to 64 serial data streams in real-time. Designed and authored Apple X.25 Connection Tool.

President & Founder - Johnathon Freeman Technologies 1984 - 1996 (founded in 1984, hardware and software design company)

By acquiring the assets of TTX Inc. I founded this company to manufacture the worlds first hardware printer buffer. Product line extended to data conversion devices, multi-port spooler's and smart data switches. JFT specialized in Macintosh OEM products, providing hardware and software to over 20 Fortune 500 manufacturers. Designed and manufactured high volume based computer products. Shipped over 500,000 ParaLink products in one year.

Designed, authored and shipped over 30 device drivers for color, raster and postscript printers, to major printer manufacturers and OEM's. Designed, tested and manufactured three (3) models of network cards for a major Japanese company, shipped directly to 11 countries and documented in six (6) languages. These products were shipped directly to the distribution centers under the clients label.

Designed and shipped over $150,000 in products in 60 days with initial $5000 investment. Shipped $500K in 6 months, $1.5M in first year. Shipped a total of $87M in products to over 15 countries.

Chief Engineer - TTX Inc. 1982-1984

Designed worlds first high volume, portable PC thermal printer, TTXexpress. Designed consumer CRT terminals and low priced Daisywheel printer. Designed worlds first hardware data/printer buffer, later acquired, and was the founding product of my own company, Johnathon Freeman Technologies. 

Design Engineer/Project Manager - Textron/Bell Aerospace 1980-1982

Designed in-flight radar warning system for FB-111 Aircraft. Design included RF to Digital conversion and front end pattern recognition hardware systems. Promoted to Project Manager as result of 6 promotions in 2 years.

Jet Propulsion Specialist - United States Air Force - Strategic Air Command - 1976-1980.

Promoted to Engine Test Specialist, working in conjunction with United Airlines on a pilot engine premature failure analysis program. I would debrief pilots, gather statistical data, plot engine trends and predict potentially fatal premature engine failures. I managed the Spectromic Oil Analysis Program (SOAP), which analyzed trace metals in the engines bearing, predicting premature bearing and turbine failure. I was the only trained and authorized airman to run and test all four engines on a KC-135A (a highly modified Boeing 707). This was quite an accomplishment, as it required to pilot the aircraft on the ground and 'trim' the aircraft's engines while running at full power. Promoted to Quality Control to monitor the performance of the entire Engine group.

Awarded a Congressional Letter of Appreciation for emergency repairs required on "Air Force One". This plane's engines failed over California during the first visit by US Senators to China. In charge of repairing this plane, replacing and 'trimming' the new engine to the plane. This eight hour task was accomplished in one hour, in order to insure the Senator's schedule was met.

Technical Expertise:

- C, C++, ASM, Java, XML, SMIL, Visual Basic, CGI, Flash, PERL, JavaScript, mySQL, COM, HTML languages and tools.

- Multiple development environments including Visual C++ Developer Studio, C++ Builder, Metrowerks and NT Runtime environments.

- Macintosh Applications, Driver and Utilities in both Classic and OSX environments.

- Windows Applications, Drivers and Utilities in both x86 and NT environments.

- All aspects of Internet Appliance and Handheld products.

- RF design and analog conversion applications and technologies.

- All aspects of Analog, Digital and ASIC design

- All aspects of mechanical design, fabrication and high volume production to ISO-9000 compliance.

- Wireless networking technologies including 802.11a, 802.11b, WAP, CDPD and TARGA protocols and implementations.

- DVD, MPEG, MPEG4 standard, CODEC's and technologies.

- Imaging, networking, scanning, printing and faxing technologies and protocols.

- Image recognition and neural networks.

- All aspects of embedded systems design and kernel design


BA Business Administration - University of Phoenix

AA General Education - Community College of the Air Force -1980

AA Electronic Engineering - Heald Technical School -1982


Member - E Clampus Vitus

Member of Yerba Buena #1 Chapter of E Clampus Vitus. Cannot Remember how long I have been a member, nor would I admit it if I knew.

Founder - Sons of Molly Maguire- United Irish Cultural Center of San Francisco 2003

Founding member of "the sons of Molly Maguire", one of the Member organizations of San Francisco's largest Irish Political Clubs.

Juror - Civil Grand Jury- San Francisco Superior Court 2003

I was nominated and I accepted the a position on the San Francisco Superior Court Civil Grand Jury. This secret watchdog Grand Jury investigates all San Francisco agencies and officers. Web site and Reports.

Model - San Francisco Bay to Breakers 2002

My family and I were selected to be the poster family for the famous "Bay to Breakers" footrace in San Francisco. Over 350 of these posters were placed through out the City. (see poster PDF file)

Project Manager - Emperor Norton Plaza Project - 2001 to present

I am building a statue of Emperor Norton in San Francisco's North Beach neighborhood. This includes all aspects of the local and city politics, Art's Commission and all fund raising. Currently preparing to raise $500,000 in private funds for the project construction. Very active with the Arts Commission, Board of Supervisors and a variety of public offices.

Active Member - South End Rowing Club (San Francisco oldest public athletic club)

Active member and Board member of the Cities oldest athletic club. Active in handball, open water swimming, running and open water rowing.

Alumni Member - San Francisco Rugby Club (Division 1 Rugby Football Club)

Played for 17 seasons and finally retired from active play in 1999.

Entrepreneur of the Year- 1988 - San Francisco Focus Magazine (public broadcasting magazine)

Titled the 'Bad Boy of Silicon Alley", I was profiled in Focus Magazine for my successes in the economically challenged Hunter Point neighborhood in San Francisco's Bayview District. This followed by multiple Television and printed articles profiling my company's minority hiring and training programs.

Publisher - Hydraulic Press 1986 - (Poetry Book Publisher)

Started a small publishing company, using emerging desktop publishing systems, to enable local poets and writers to 'self publish' using these technologies. Published 30 books and lost a lot of money!

Publisher - US RAG 1986-1987 - (Comedy magazine Publisher)

Started a comedy magazine based upon the popularity of local comedy clubs. Capitalizing on the infrastructure of Hydraulic Press. Published eight issues and lost even more money!