Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Urban Planet Mobile CEO Brian A. OliverSmith Named Triangle Area Top 50 Entrepreneur

Brian A. OliverSmith, CEO of Durham-based CED Member Urban Planet Mobile, the world’s leading mobile education provider, has been selected as a Triangle Area Top 50 Entrepreneur by Business Leader Magazine.

Mr. OliverSmith was nominated for this award by local businessman and 2011 Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce Man of the Year, Dr. Henry Scherich, founder and president of the Durham-based educational assessment firm Measurement Inc. “Brian is one of the most out-of-the-box thinkers I’ve met who takes what others might see as disparate ideas, links them innovatively, and creates value.” Dr. Scherich shares. “It was only natural that I nominate him as a Top Entrepreneur for our region.”

Urban Planet Mobile, under the leadership of Mr. OliverSmith, develops digital education content for worldwide deployment on a variety of mobile devices including basic and feature phones, smartphones, and tablets. Additionally, the company will launch its highly-anticipated, computer-based Writing Planet with PEG artificial intelligence driven writing tutorial and assessment program in March 2012. The launch will occur at the TESOL International Convention & English Language EXPO in Philadelphia, where Mr. OliverSmith will be presenting on the future of mobile in English language learning.

Having secured distribution on three continents and solved delivery around the world, Mr. OliverSmith is widely recognized as a pioneer and leader in mobile education, speaking on panels across industries, most recently presenting on a panel organized by Pearson Education, the world’s largest education publisher, at the GSMA World Congress, where last year Urban Planet Mobile garnered the coveted Global Mobile Award for Best Mobile Learning Innovation.

“ Being not only nominated but awarded this recognition in an area as populated as it is with world leaders and innovative entrepreneurs is a great compliment to the Urban Planet team, as they work diligently on bringing our vision of accessible, affordable education utilizing digital delivery and up-and-coming technologies to the world market .” says Mr. OliverSmith.

Urban Planet Mobile is the leading provider of education and information products created specifically for worldwide, digital delivery. With products ranging from basic word and phrase lessons to SAT preparation for mobile delivery and computer-based comprehensive writing development and assessment programs, Urban Planet has the largest library of digital English educational content available to the world.  Additional information about the company can be obtained at or by calling (919) 323-8763.