Dan Weirich, the W in GW Micro, has announced his retirement from AI Squared, ending a nearly three decade career in the assistive technology industry. He was introduced to the industry through his work as chief engineer at Computer Aids Corporation, known largely for their Apple software products including Word Talk and File Talk. In 1990, he partnered with Doug Geoffray to form GW Micro which sold Vocal-Eyes and Window-Eyes screen reading software for the next two decades. Here's a letter from the Raised Dot Computing newsletter announcing the formation of GW Micro in 1990. Since the merger of GW Micro and Ai Squared in 2014, Weirich held the position of VP of Strategic Programs.
Here's an interview with Weirich from 2011 talking about Window-Eyes 7.5 and another from Shelly Brisbin in 2015 talking about ZoomText Fusion.
Dan posted a message to several AI Squared mailing lists, which we've included below.
I am retiring.
My career in the Assistive Technology industry started in the late 80's, working for Computer Aids Corp. for a couple years, where I met Doug Geoffray. Then I partnered with Doug to launch GW Micro in 1990 which operated for 24 years, followed by our merging into Ai Squared in 2014. So now, after almost 28 years in the AT industry, it's time for me to take a break. I will be retired from Ai Squared after this week. No worries - the rest of the Fort Wayne office and staff will continue as normal - whatever normal means
I'm not very active on this list but I look at many of the posts and I know many of your names even if we rarely talk on the phone or meet in person. I will continue to support Ai Squared and if the opportunity presents itself who knows - I might come back for a few special projects from time to time. Thank you very much for your support and friendship.
One thing I understand - this industry is very different from all others. The people I know not only want to stay active, employed or stay in business but they also want to make the world a better place by providing quality products and services. You should all be proud of whatever contribution you personally make.
Thank you all again for your friendship and loyalty over the many years.
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J.J. Meddaugh is an experienced technology writer and computer enthusiast. He is a graduate of Western Michigan University with a major in telecommunications management and a minor in business. When not writing for Blind Bargains, he enjoys travel, playing the keyboard, and meeting new people.