Paul McGough - Founder and CTO
Paul McGough is a telecommunications expert with over 35 years of progressively responsible experience managing IT technology teams for the development, integration, implementation and support of financial, project management, database applications and security systems. Over three decades, Paul has been an inventor, and entrepreneur while holding senior positions with AOL, CSC and SAIC, with over 10 years of highly classified government secure communication project management and software engineering. Paul McGough co-founded Qwyit® where he is CTO, Chief Scientist, and Qwyit® inventor and patent author. Paul is an amateur champion golfer and currently lives in northern Virginia.
Michael Fortkort - Co-Founder and CEO
Chief Executive Officer, Qwyit and General Counsel. Mr. Fortkort is a registered patent and corporate lawyer who has worked with startups and technological innovators for over 25 years. A graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center (cum laude), he spent ten years with a large Intellectual Property law firm, then founded a small boutique patent firm which grew to seven lawyers. In 1999 he founded his own IP firm. Prior to entering the legal profession, he worked for seven years as an engineer for the U.S. Army on communication related developments. He received a BSEE from the University of Notre Dame and an MSEE in Communications from George Washington University. He began working on the patents for the Qwyit technology with Paul McGough in 1998 and they later founded Qwyit together. Mr. Fortkort also founded a transportation company (Chariots For Hire) in Washington, D.C. in 2002 which is now the 4th largest in the DC metropolitan region. He serves as its Chairman of the Board.