Monday, December 9, 2013

Report: Ryan Seacrest Invests $1M Into Typo Keyboard

Ryan Seacrest
TV personality and “American Idol” host Ryan Seacrest is an iPhone owner, but his latest investment indicates that he's not happy with Apple's built-in keyboard for the device. According to,  on Thursday, Seacrest invested $1 million in the Typo Keyboard, which is a physical keyboard accessory for the iPhone that looks eerily similar to the keyboard built for BlackBerry devices.

According to Los Angeles-based Typo Products LLC, Seacrest is listed as a founder of the company alongside CEO and co-founder Laurence Hallier, who is the CEO of Show Media and privately held Hallier Investments. The press release described how Seacrest came to be involved with this venture:

Laurence Hallier
“The back story of Seacrest’s interest in this — for many of his friends and colleagues, carrying two phones was a habit: One for typing and correspondence and an iPhone for virtually everything else. One night, Ryan and his friend Laurence Hallier, CEO of Show Media, were out to dinner and both had phones on the table. Two people, four phones!”

Soon after that experience, Seacrest and Hallier decided to take matters into their own hands – to build “an easy solution to the problem, a keyboard for the iPhone” – and after about two years in development, the Typo Keyboard was born.

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