Phillip Zakas

Inventor and Entrepreneur

About Phillip Zakas

A resident of New York City, Phillip Zakas spends a great deal of his time in Washington, D.C., where he has founded multiple companies. Most recently, he created gridskippr, which developed a GPS-enhancement system that improves positioning accuracy. He also established the company 17, a developer of systems to conduct high-speed analysis of network traffic. Other companies he founded include Corrivo and Strategic Computing Research. Phillip Zakas also worked in strategic development at the Redstone Advisory Group, collaborating with government agencies and hedge funds to craft algorithms to study data streams. He earlier served as the chief technology officer of the e-commerce division of America Online, where he led a team of 45 programmers at the firm’s offices in Dulles, Virginia.

As an inventor, Phillip Zakas holds six published patents and seven unpublished patents pending. His most recent patents include one for a system and method of enhancing mobile location identification and management and one for a system and method of dynamic data indexing.

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Eurocrypt 2017 Puts Out Call for Paper Submissions

Entrepreneur Phillip Zakas serves as the founder of gridskippr, which provides consumers with a GPS-based service to find restaurants, bars, and shops, among other consumer destinations. In conjunction with his professional career, Phillip Zakas is a member of the International Association for Cryptologic Research (IACR).

For the 36th straight year, the Annual International Conference on the Theory and Applications of Cryptographic Techniques will represent a gathering of cryptology professionals from around the world to discuss emerging trends and technologies shaping the industry. Dubbed as Eurocrypt 2017, the conference will take place in Paris from April 30 to May 4, 2017, and is one of the three major conferences put on annually by the International Association for Cryptologic Research.

The conference has recently put out a call for paper submissions to be considered for presentation at the conference. Papers must be formatted in Springer’s LNCS style, but supplemental materials can be included in separate files. The paper itself, however, is limited to 30 pages in length, which includes the title page and abstract, as well as reference sections and appendices. Visit to learn more about Springer LNCH format.

Ernest Hemingway on His Daily Writing Routine

Aside from authoring consumer privacy standards for the advertising industry, Phillip Zakas is a former chief technology officer for America Online, where he led 14 of the company’s acquisitions, including that of Netscape. When Phillip Zakas is not working, he enjoys reading and counts Ernest Hemingway among his favorite authors.

Winner of the 1954 Nobel Prize in Literature, Ernest Hemingway is one of the most celebrated writers of the 20th century. A novelist, journalist, and short story writer, Hemingway did an interview with the Paris Review in 1958 that revealed his writing habits and daily routine.

Hemingway told his interviewer that when working on a story or novel, he preferred to get up and write with the sunrise. He liked that there was nobody there to disturb him at such an early hour. He never wrote himself to exhaustion, always stopping when he still had “juice” and knew what came next in his story.

He would sometimes write until noon, but often finished sooner. He equated the feeling of finishing to making love, saying he felt both empty and fulfilled, like nothing could hurt him, but also like nothing meant anything. According to Hemingway, the hardest part of the process was waiting until the next morning to write again.

Three Rules for Safer Scuba Diving

Phillip Zakas is an entrepreneur in Washington D.C., who is most notable for his work on the creation of gridskippr, the leading GPS framework for iOS and Android devices. When away from his work, Phillip Zakas enjoys scuba diving and has explored ancient Phoenician and Greek ships during dives in the Aegean Sea. Here are three rules for safer scuba diving.

1. Don’t hold your breath. Failing to breathe properly while scuba diving can have lethal consequences. Because of Boyle’s Law, the air in a diver's lungs expands as the diver ascends. If the diver holds his or her breath while ascending this expanded air has no means of escape, and can cause the lung walls to rupture.

2. Check your equipment. All of your equipment should receive a careful and full inspection prior to your dive. Examine your suit and breathing apparatus for any signs of wear. If you see any potential problems, delay the dive. Further, check the batteries in your underwater lights and computational equipment before every dive.

3. Stick to your limits. Changes in conditions can make a previously safe dive site dangerous. Never dive if you are not completely confident that the dive site is within your abilities. Further, avoid dives that require certification, such as deep dives and wreck penetrations, if underqualified.

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