Woz rubbishes reports of AR app partnership with Gronk

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Apple's co-founder says he's not teaming up with the New England Patriots star.
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Steve Wozniak has categorically denied being an adviser for a new augmented reality chap app launched by New England Patriots tight end Rob “Gronk” Gronkowski.

Called Mojiit, the forthcoming mobile AR chat app lets users create, “a stunning, 3D animation of yourself that you [can] send to your friends in augmented reality.” However, despite having made frequent mentions of having Woz on board, Apple’s co-founder denies that this is the case.

The issue came to light when Yahoo Finance contacted Wozniak for some “routine fact-checking” for a story about the new app.

Wozniak’s business partner Ken Hardesty responded to the message saying that Woz, “has not been involved in any discussions or capacity with Mojiit.”

“Steve Wozniak had met with Jeremy Greene (the entrepreneur working with Gronkowski on the venture) one evening at which time Jeremy explained the position of Mojiit and then offered Steve to become an advisor to Mojiit of which Steve was impressed and said it sounded good at the time,” Hardesty claims.

“The following day after Steve had reviewed further due diligence on his other business commitments, Steve decided not to be involved in Jeremy Greene’s company Mojiit. [He therefore did not move forward to discuss or accept an advisor position] and has not been involved in any discussions or capacity with Mojiit.”

Despite Woz allegedly declining to be involved the day after the initial meeting, however, Mojiit still went ahead and issued a press release mentioning how Wozniak, “will help assemble a world-class engineering team in addition to bringing investors and partnerships.”

Confusingly, the press release also includes an apparent quote from Woz, in which he describes himself as “thrilled to join Mojiit as an advisor.”

Source: Yahoo Finance