Toronto's Ortsbo translation platform recruits Kiss' Gene Simmons

by Rob Lewis

Toronto's Intertainment Media announced today that rock legend Gene Simmons is now the official spokesperson for their real time, language translation platform

Simmons will lend his personality to help spread the word about Ortsbo's translator platform that integrates seamlessly with the most popular social media platforms including Facebook and Twitter to enable users from around the world to instantly send and receive messages in their native language.

But why Gene Simmons?

Ortsbo believes he is the personification of today's globally connected, multi-cultural citizen. Simmons is fluent in five languages, including English, Hebrew, Hungarian, and German, as well as some Japanese and he's working to add Mandarin to his repertoire.

"Ortsbo has changed my life. I can now instantaneously communicate with fans around the world in their native language. It's opened up so many new doors for me - personally and in business," said Simmons in a press release today.

In addition to his spokesperson role, Simmons apparently created the new Ortsbo logo and is providing artistic direction to the Ortsbo creative team.

Ortsbo boasts more than 9 million unique users each month. Since launch, over 26.9 million unique visitors from more than 170 countries have logged more than 132.7 million minutes using Ortsbo, translating conversations automatically into more than 50 global languages.

Ortsbo parent company Intertainment Media is publically traded on the TSX (symbol: INT) and was up 20% today.

Intertainment Media
Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada

Intertainment Media is focused on delivering leading edge technology and marketing solutions that enable our clients to power their branding, loyalty and consumer engagement initiatives. We provide business programs, technologies, and lifestyle applications that create revenue driven, socially engaging platforms. Intertainment and our multiple divisions – itiBiti Systems, Ad Taffy, Ortsbo, and... more

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Launched in July 2010, and built using Microsoft’s Silverlight platform, Ortsbo provides real-time, easy and accurate translations when chatting online to someone who speaks a different language, with over 50 languages currently supported. Ortsbo connects to PC and Mac computers, mobile devices as well as all major search engine instant messaging chat platforms Microsoft, Google and Yahoo!... more

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Rob Lewis

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Rob is the President of Techvibes Media and Editor-in-Chief of  His diverse background includes stints in International Trade Finance, Web Development, and Enterprise Software and he is a graduate of the University of British Columbia, British Columbia Institute of Technology, and Simon Fraser University. When not running Canada's leading technology media property, Rob can be... more

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