Steve Jacobs has been a member of the high-tech industry since the mid '70s. Steve is President of IDEAL Group, Inc. and CEO of Apps4Android, Inc., one of several IDEAL Group companies. IDEAL Group is a 2002 spin-off from IDEAL at NCR Corporation where Steve served as President until his retirement at the end of 2002.
IDEAL Group and its subsidiaries are all Not Just For Profit (NJFP) corporations where value is determined, not only by profitability and self-sustainability, but by their level of success in driving cost-reductions into the hands of individuals with disabilities. IDEAL Group's mission is to "enhance the independence, quality-of-life, and employability of individuals with disabilities through the development and distribution of low/no cost technology-based products and services."
IDEAL Group serves as the parent company to several information and communications technology companies, including:
InftyReader Group, Inc.
Established in March, 2007, InftyReader Group offers a sophisticated optical character recognition application that is used by thousands of universities around the world to recognize, convert, and enable the editing of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) documents into accessible formats in support of students with print disabilities. Converted formats include LaTeX, MathML, Human Readable TeX, and Word XML. You Tube Videos of InftyReader in Action
Established in January, 2009, Apps4Android is a social entrepreneurship company. Apps4Android's primary objective is not to earn a profit, but to implement widespread technological change in society that enhances the independence, quality of life, and employability of individuals with disabilities. Apps4Android is the world’s largest developer of Android applications designed in support of individuals with disabilities, with 21+ million installations. Apps4Android apps are being used on 6,758 unique model devices made by 82 wireless device manufacturers, and distributed by 568 wireless service providers in 214 countries and U.S. territories. For more information: http://apps4android.org/eos
Knowledge Discovery Solutions, Inc.
Established in 2014, Knowledge Discovery Solutions http://kds.global, a joint venture company of IDEAL Group, Inc. Context Discovery, and Shaping Tomorrow offers knowledge-mining solutions in support of gathering "anticipatory intelligence" to help industry and government agencies identify and act upon emerging opportunities as well as identify the risks associated with those opportunities.