About the Company
Blindfold Games creates audio games for visually impaired people, with dozens of games for the iPhone, iPad and iPod. Enjoyed by thousands of people worldwide, the games are so popular because they are fun, appeal to all ages, and they just feel “right”. The suite includes over 80 games such as casino games like Blackjack and Bingo, card games like Crazy Eights and Rummy, puzzle games like Simon and Color Crush, games inspired by TV game shows such as Wheel of Fortune, word games like Words From Words and Word Search, and sports games like Bowling, Pong and Pinball.
About Marty Schultz
Marty Schultz is a mentor-speaker, angel fund investor, award-winning innovator and creator of some of the US’s fastest-growing software companies over his expansive career.
In 2014, Marty started Blindfold Games, an app development company that builds accessible games for the visually impaired community. The idea for Blindfold Games was conceived serendipitously during an after-school App Design Club he started at his daughter’s middle school. To date, the company has released over 80 games that promote learning through gamification. The games are enjoyed by over 10,000 visually impaired people from 7 to 70 years old, and recently surpassed the 500,000th download.
In 2005, he founded McGruff SafeGuard, a parental control system in partnership with the National Crime Prevention Council and McGruff the Crime Dog, a talking dog loved by generations of children, designed to increase crime awareness and personal safety. The service alerted parents to online dangers for their children, such as Internet predators, sexual abuse or drug use and provided helpful advice about online parenting issues.
In 2000, Mr. Schultz co-founded eSped (http://www.esped.com), an educational SaaS focusing on school districts providing services for special-needs students. He was also the founder and President of Omtool (http://www.omtool.com, 1991-1999), a company that provided enterprise messaging systems to Fortune 500 companies. Omtool completed an IPO in 1997 and was one of the top 500 software companies for several years. Prior to Omtool, Mr. Schultz founded and ran a company that enabled hundreds of computer resellers to prosper by selling the new generation of microcomputers.
Throughout his career, Marty has received many awards and recognition for his work, including being named “Developer of the Year” (2015) and “Best iOS Game of the Year” (2016) at AppleVis’s Golden Apple Awards, as well as one of the “Technology Fast 500™ in the US” by Deloitte & Touche and Software magazine’s “Top 500 Software Companies in the US” (2000).
A firm believer in sharing his knowledge with others, Marty mentors entrepreneurs and presents at startup and venture capital conferences on how to bootstrap and grow software startups. His presentations include topics such as “Lessons Learned from Bootstrapping Companies” and “How My Hobby – Blindfold Games – Has Brightened the Lives of Thousands.”
He holds a Certificate from the Harvard Business School Owner/President Management Program and earned both B.S. and M.S. degrees from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.