Destiny seeks pen pushers

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Microsoft founder Bill Gates has been banging on about the future of working as a “paperless office” for more than a decade now. But, according to Destiny Wireless founder and chief Edward Belgeonne, there are four billion pieces of paper winging their way around global business still.

The Destiny Wireless digital pen eliminates unnecessary, inefficient and costly paper correspondence in business environments, and goes some way to fulfil Gates’ vision. It has been available for five years in the UK already, and has sold largely by word-of-mouth and its field team door-stopping businesses.

Sitting in a meeting room in its plush Guildford headquarters, Belgeonne counts out Destiny Wireless’ quiet success: more than 25,000 ‘live’ Destiny Wireless pens in the market, being used on average 15,000 times a day by more than 400 business customers.

The device has its rivals, but its maker owns 90 per cent of the digital pen market, according to Belgeonne. The company, backed by Carphone Warehouse’s Charles Dunstone and Formula One’s Eddie Jordan among others, turned over more than £5 million in 2007/8, up 40 per cent on the previous financial year. Belgeonne predicts a similar growth rate this year.

Full article in Mobile News issue 430 (January 12, 2009).

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