With stories about the new Amiga shipping spreading across the web, including here on ExtremeTech, I thought it would be worthwhile to sit down and talk about these, and other developments with Bill McEwen, the CEO and President of Amiga, Inc.
McEwen is a long-time computer industry veteran, but his past stretches beyond the PC industry. In the nineties, Bill ran sales and marketing at database vendor GenSoft, and then worked at ConnectSoft, ending up as business unit director for Internet related applications. ConnectSoft produced the popular product Email Connection, one of the first cross-vendor email clients, and Kid-Mail Connection - a version designed for children.
His varied background even includes driving trucks, and he's famous for some of his promotional escapades, including unleashing a flock of parachuting Elvis impersonators at the Comdex trade show, and a bubble-gum scented air-freshener in the shape of the Kid-Mail character.
McEwen has been involved with Amiga for around five years, since the time it was acquired by Gateway Computers in 1997. Bill led the team that purchased Amiga from Gateway in December of 1999, and has been leading the charge to bring Amiga back ever since.
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