Davide Lebow received his Ph.D. in Instructional Systems Design from Florida State University in 1995. His research efforts have focused on design and development of computer-supported learning communities. From 1992-1995, he ran his first software company, which developed a product referred to as Body & Mind. In 2002. Later David I started HyLighter with Dale W. Lick, the former president of Florida State University. He is presently the CEO of HyLighter and Dale Lick is Chairman.
After nine years of research, development, and marketing efforts, HyLighter is about to launch a new form of social software that builds on social networking technology and various forms of machine intelligence. HyLighter supports collaborative thinking practices that dramatically increase ROI of collaborative, content-based initiatives.
Among other benefits, individuals and teams develop deep conceptual understanding and the type of flexible knowledge required for innovative solutions to complex problems.
HyLighter, LLC is an innovator in the application of social software to dramatically increase productivity of collaborative, content-based initiatives. The company provides a unique annotation mashup product referred to as HyLighter. Their patented approach solves several big problems that have been around since the beginning of groupware:
- Supports “engaged collaboration” with large groups. Extends the capacity of the document as a medium for the social construction of meaning by enabling authenticated members of almost any size group to highlight, share, discuss, link, filter, organize, and synthesize selected fragments of content and related input from multiple contributors across multiple sources and file types.
- Enables integration into commonly used business tools. Connects people to specific fragments of content within most file types (e.g., Office files, images, PDFs, HTML) through SharePoint, email and newer forms of social media such as instant messaging, microblogging, and virtual communities.
- Provides access for each individual to the thinking of all individuals. Supports well coordinated group efforts to synthesize relevant information from multiple sources through annotation mashups (i.e., compiles a sortable, filterable, searchable matrix of fragments and related input from multiple sources submitted by multiple reviewers with links from fragments in the matrix back to their context in the sources).
- Promotes collaborative thinking practices that improve performance and accelerate learning. Establishes social learning environments that help individuals and teams develop deep conceptual understanding and the type of flexible knowledge required for innovative solutions to complex problems.