Markus Breyer is an engineer, programmer, entrepreneur, musician and artist – a driven perfectionist with a passion for making the world a better place.
Born in Hamburg, Germany, Markus spent his youth writing stories, composing music, constructing mechanical contraptions, designing and building electronic circuits and most and foremost, writing computer software. While in high school, he created numerous video games for home computers, published a student’s magazine, and, among many other projects, designed both an audio and video digitizer device and software application for the Amiga computer that were rated #1 by several leading German computer magazines (Deluxe Sound and Deluxe View).
Through a bulletin board system he connected with other like minded geeks to found a hacker group. Among their nerdy pursuits was creating elaborate demos and blueboxing to the United States. Markus’ knowledge and expertise made it easy for him to enter the School of Technical Computer Science & Electrical Engineering at the Technical University of Hamburg.
While a student, Markus founded his own hardware and software development company, designing electronic circuits and computer software. Among his projects were micro controller based backup stations for Genesis, Mastersystem, Game Gear and GameBoy. He also co-founded the first video game rental store in Hamburg, Play Me Rent-a-Game. On the artistic side, he composed and recorded electronic and acoustic music using recording equipment and analog and digital synthesizers that he bought from business revenue.
When offered a job by game industry pioneer Silent Software to port now classic video game title Return Fire, he decided to spend an academic year abroad in Los Angeles. This job was the beginning of his successful career in the video game industry.
Back in Europe, he wrote his diploma thesis at the Technical University of Kazan, Russia, and stayed another year teaching technical computer science. Markus graduated summa cum laude with a Dipl.-Ing. TU (Masters Degree) from the Technical University of Hamburg.
He then moved to California where he continued pursuing his career in the video game industry at companies such as Factor 5 and LucasArts, designing numerous complex software systems and algorithms.
Being also a strong believer in alternative education, he co-founded a school after the Sudbury model in San Rafael, Big Rock Sudbury School. As the president of the corporation, he managed the schools operations and finances for four years. He also designed the school’s visual identity, tuition assistance program and website.
As part of his passion to make the world a better place, Markus created the informational web site metric4us.com to promote a more sensible system of measurement in the US, and a web community for his neighborhood.
Markus lives with his wife and two sons in Marin County, California.
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