Doceo was founded in 1993 by Jan Ozer. The name Doceo, which in Latin means "to instruct," was selected by a medical school buddy of Jan's wife Barbara for the cost-efficient price of a single pitcher of beer (albeit Bass beer).
Doceo's original charter was to publish CD-ROM based tools to help video developers choose and use video compression technologies. In 1994, Jan started writing on digital video related topics for CD-ROM Professional (now EventDV by way of EMedia) and PC Magazine, and started teaching seminars in digital video production for North Carolina's Institute of Academic Technology. In 1995, Jan published his first book, Video Compression for Multimedia with Academic Press, followed by Publishing Digital Video in 1997 for the same publisher.
Since then, Jan has taught video production seminars in the U.S. and abroad, both on a private consulting basis and for various academic institutions, most recently the University of Wisconsin. Jan continues to write for PC Magazine and EventDV, and has published an additional eight books, primarily for Peachpit Press. The one notable exception is the PC Magazine Guide to Digital Video, published by John Wiley.
Jan lives with his wife and two children in Galax, Virginia. When not writing about himself in the third person, Jan shoots and produces DVDs for local musicians and music foundations and plays consistently poor golf.