Hiring Pioneers

Personally, I’m excited to announce that I’ve joined another Michigan-bred company: Occipital. Occipital is amongst the OG of TechStars (Boulder 2008), and they have a track record of taking technology at the frontier of “possible” and turning it into simple, compelling consumer products. That’s what they did with RedLaser (acquired by eBay) and 360 Panorama, and that’s what they’re doing again with Structure Sensor.

In the 1980’s, Microsoft and Apple were born on the wave of personal computers entering our lives. In the 1990’s and 2000’s, all of those computers started talking to each other, and companies like Amazon, Google, and Facebook were born enabling until then unheard of experiences. In the last decade, mobile devices have now put the power of a computer into anyone’s pocket, with awareness of who and where you are, and it has anointed a new class of soon-to-be behemoths like Uber, Square, and many others on which the jury is still out.

The next generation of computing — spatial computing — is going to be about understanding and interacting with the physical world around us. What kind of game-changing products will be enabled when you can look at a space and instantly know its dimensions? Or when you can add life-like virtual objects to your physical world, and create virtual representations of physical objects as easily as taking photos? Or when we can point our phone at an object, and it knows not only what it is, but everything the Internet knows about it?

Beyond what that means for technology and apps, what does it mean for society when the physical world becomes hackable?

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Product @Square. Prior: built Canvas @occipital, co-founder @Fetchnotes, VP @Benzinga, and chief opinionator @michigandaily.

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