Martin Trautschold is the founder and chief executive officer of Made Simple Learning, a leading provider of Apple iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, BlackBerry and Palm webOS books and video tutorials. He has been a successful entrepreneur in the mobile device training and software business since 2001. With Made Simple Learning, he has been helping to train thousands of BlackBerry users with short, to-the-point video tutorials. He has now co-authored 15 Made Simple guide books. Martin also co-founded, ran for three years, then sold a mobile device software company. Prior to this, Martin spent 15 years in technology and business consulting in the U.S. and Japan. He holds an engineering degree from Princeton University and a master's in business administration from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University. Martin and his wife, Julia, have three daughters. Martin enjoys rowing and cycling. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Gary Mazo is vice president of Made Simple Learning and is a writer, a college professor, a gadget nut and an ordained rabbi. Gary joined Made Simple Learning in 2007 and has co-authored the last 13 books in the Made Simple series. Along with Martin and Kevin Michaluk from CrackBerry.com, Gary co-wrote CrackBerry: True Tales of BlackBerry Use and Abuse a book about BlackBerry addiction and how to get a grip on one's BlackBerry use. Gary also teaches writing, philosophy, technical writing and more at the University of Phoenix. Gary is a regular contributor to CrackBerry.com, writing product reviews and adding editorial content. He holds a bachelor's degree in anthropology from Brandeis University. Gary earned his master's in Hebrew letters as well as ordination as rabbi from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, Ohio. He has served congregations in Dayton, Ohio, Cherry Hill, New Jersey and Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Gary is married to Gloria Schwartz Mazo and between them, they have six children. Gary can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marziah Karch takes a special delight in the challenge of explaining new gadgets and complex technology to beginning audiences. She is the author of multiple books on technology topics. Marziah writes for About.com and GeekMom.com. Her articles have also appeared in Wired magazine.
Marziah was a senior educational technologist for Johnson County Community College in the Kansas City metro area for 14 years before she began working as a senior instructional designer for NWEA in Portland, Oregon. She holds a Master's in instructional design and is a doctoral student in Library and Information Management. When she's not feeding her geek side with new gadgets or writing about technology, Marziah enjoys keeping Portland weird with her husband and two children.