As director of the strategic prototyping group at Microsoft Corp., Jonathan leads the group that creates prototypes of technologies that look out five to ten years in the future. The team conceives tangible realizations of ideas and technologies that they believe will enhance people’s productivity, lifestyle and entertainment. As part of its charter, the team also creates, manages and operates the Envisioning Center, a prototyping facility located on the company’s Redmond, Wash., campus in partnership with the Office Envisioning Team.
Cluts has worked at Microsoft for over 23 years. He has worked in the Usability, Kids, MSN and Systems groups and for the Prototyping Group twice. He was the first full-time program manager for the Prototyping Group when Microsoft initiated its consumer and interactive television efforts under Craig Mundie. Additionally, Cluts serves as Microsoft’s representative to the board of directors for both the Internet Home Alliance, and Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA) boards.
Before joining Microsoft, Cluts worked in the music business; he owned and managed several recording studios in addition to producing and performing music. He also taught computer classes and worked for Tandy Corporation and several smaller computer companies. Cluts studied music and audio engineering at Indiana University and received a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from the University of Washington. He holds numerous patents and patent applications for technologies related to software systems and user interface design.