A tale of 3 companies
Sometime in the early 80's I read Isaac Asimov's Foundation Trilogy. In 1986, inspired by his books, the idea occured to me to see if it was possible to develop a system that would allow a musician to deliver a complex, real-time "intermorphic" (as in 'between forms') performance. Various conjectures, circumstances and a huge amount of luck ultimately lead to me co-founding SSEYO Ltd in 1990, a software company which developed the Koan generative music system and which I grew to 12 people. The Koan engine was principally designed / developed by Pete Cole (my brother) and me, with important input from Timothy Didymus and Brian Eno. By 1998 SSEYO was getting focused on "mobile music making" and we were very lucky that SSEYO Koan won a BAFTA in 2001.
In 2002 SSEYO became a wholly owned subsidiary of Tao Group, where I worked as Head of Audio. At Tao, Pete and I developed some spectacular audio technologies (e.g. intent Sound System) and apps (e.g. SSEYO miniMIXA, one of the earliest powerful music apps) for mobile devices. It was my view at the time that "the mobile phone is the next electric guitar" (via Internet Archive Wayback Machine), something that has now come true to some extent. We were obviously delighted when SSEYO miniMIXA won a BAFTA in 2005. Sadly, however, Tao then went bust in 2007.
In 2007 Pete and I co-founded another company, Intermorphic Ltd and we set about building Liptikl (something altogether new) and Noatikl (a clean room developed replacement for Koan that could play Koan files). In April 2008 Intermorphic acquired the rights to Koan, miniMIXA and the intent Sound System and that technology base helped Intermorphic develop Mixtikl. We then went on to create Tiklbox and then Wotja. By Wotja V5 we had managed to consolidate all previous apps into just one app branded Wotja and which is now for iOS, macOS, Windows and Android.
Over the years I have got a few things things right, but plenty more things wrong - founding, running and developing an "ideation" business is incredibly difficult and requires every ounce of energy and every scrap of creativity one can muster up. But I have every intention to keep cracking on!