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Jeri Ellsworth

Entrepreneur from United States of America

Jeri Ellsworth Jeri Ellsworth is an American entrepreneur and self-taught computer chip designer. She is best known for creating a Commodore 64 emulator within a joystick, in 2004, called Commodore 30-in-1 Direct to TV. That "computer in a joystick" could run 30 video games from the early 1980s, and was very popular during the 2004 Christmas season, at peak selling over 70,000 units in a single day via the QVC shopping channel. Ellsworth currently lives in Oregon. Ellsworth was born in Yamhill, Oregon, and grew up in the town of Dallas, Oregon, where she was raised by her father, a local Mobil service station owner. As a child, she persuaded her father to let her use a Commodore 64 computer which had been originally purchased for her brother. She taught herself to program by reading the C64's manuals. While at high school, she drove dirt-track race cars with her father, and then began designing new models in his workshop, eventually selling her own custom race cars. This allowed her to drop out of high school to continue the business. In 1995, at the age of 21, she decided that she wanted to get away from the race car business, and she and a friend started an early Intel 486-PC-based business,  ( Wikipedia article )

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Personal facts

Date of birth
1974
Place of birth
Yamhill
Nationality
United States of America
Profession
Businessperson, Engineer, Entrepreneur

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