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Episode 48: The Future of Virtual Reality



Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One film portrays a future world in which VR is at the core of everything society does.

While much of the venture funding for VR from a couple of years seems to be fading, a myriad of startups continue to push forward with incredible innovations in haptics, visual headsets, motion systems, AI, even scent dispensing, which will soon reach a tipping point for the next wave of VR. Creators and story-tellers in the meantime are pushing the boundaries of the medium, starting to find audiences and develop viable business models, as evidenced by the first-ever seven-figure acquisition of a VR short film at Sundance this year.

What does the future of VR look like five years from now? What roles will emerging technologies, creators and storytellers, social networks, media companies and studios play? What are the viable business models that are emerging for content creators?

Join me for a peek at the promises and perils of what VR might become, why you should care, and how you can be part of the “second wave” of this medium, whether you are a technologist, artist, storyteller, or investor.

Bio

Jeffrey Travis is the founder and CEO of Positron, a virtual reality technology studio. He created the world’s first full-motion haptic virtual reality chair, Voyager®. His company introduced the world’s first motion VR cinema to debut The Mummy VR experience starring Tom Cruise for Universal Studios. The Voyager platform has been experienced at events around the world such as Sundance Film Festival and ComicCon, and embraced by the world’s top VR creators. It has has been used by studios such as Warner Bros, Disney, Sony, and IMAX. Voyager chairs will be coming soon to theaters, cinemas, hotels, airport lounges, and offices.

Jeffrey is also a filmmaker and engineer. He grew up in Argentina and currently lives in Montrose, California.

Twitter handles: @jeffreytravis. @gopositron


Episode 30: The New Internet: A Social Movement Disguised as Technology



A New Internet age is upon us. Fueled by blockchain technology, this shift will catalyze the greatest reallocation of value in human history.

Blockchains are a shared record keeping system. Transactions are recorded in a way that’s transparent, immutable, and decentralized. Blockchains aren’t governed by a central authority. The record is maintained by a distributed network of independent users.

The New Internet will enable the building of applications that reinvent the way in which we assign, transact, and capture value.

Bio:

Jason Robert is Co-Founder & CEO of HelloSugoi, an event ticketing platform. His company leverages the Ethereum blockchain to reduce ticket fees, manage the secondary market, and eliminate fraud. Jason oversees the company’s operations, drives product development, and formulates marketing strategy. Jason spent 4 years as a Creative at Apple. He’s also an accomplished multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and producer. Jason has composed songs at BMG Production Music for high-profile TV shows on NBC, CBS, FOX, Netflix, and Showtime. He’s also released several albums as Lost Midas on the Tru Thoughts label to critical acclaim by the BBC and NPR.


Episode 02: Surfing the Digital Media Revolution



Hop along on Jürgen’s journey through technology and media as digital advances have empowered creative professionals and consumers to express themselves. Along the way, explore some of the hard-learned entrepreneurial lessons that grew out of managing product development at publishing icon Quark, serving as CEO of consumer software company Nero, and founding Stashimi, the mobile app and platform for musicians to connect to their fans.

Stashimi revolutionizes how artists engage with fans by using proprietary technology that aggregates content from social media avenues like Facebook and Instagram as well as media outlets like Billboard and Stashimi creates a feed of information tailored to its users’ interests accompanied by Pandora-style music stations. In addition, the app is making moves to intertwine itself with the cultures surrounding music.

Just 25 years ago, music and video production, along with almost every kind of publishing, was available only to companies with deep pockets. Today everybody can be a publisher using Facebook, Instagram, SoundCloud and other platforms and tools. Some see challenge, others see the opportunity. Jürgen Kurz has seen both sides and has the stories and insights to show for it.

Bio:

Jürgen Kurz is entrepreneurially driven software executive with a proven track record to develop, launch and scale award winning products. Throughout his career, Jürgen has enjoyed to develop, launch and scale many award winning products. Prior to founding Stashimi, Jürgen was the CEO of Nero, a household consumer brand for audio and video management with a base of well over 100 Million customers. Before Nero, Jürgen led product development at digital publishing icon Quark (QuarXPress). Nero has an installed base of well over 100 Million loyal consumers with over 1 Million monthly app downloads. On top of Nero’s own products, many of the world’s leading PC, mobile and TV manufacturers bundle its technologies. At Quark, Jürgen helped to build some amazing products and quickly ended up managing the entire product development organization with multiple desktop and enterprise products and hundreds of passionate PMs and engineers in our development centers in the US, Germany and India.