The VR/AR Association San Francisco Welcomes Shel Israel as Advisor

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VRARA SF welcomes author, startup advisor and thought leader Shel Israel

The VR/AR Association tagline is Growth | Knowledge | Connections. And we strive in the San Francisco chapter to embody those principles in all moves. Pursuant to that charter, we’re happy to announce that author, startup advisor and thought leader Shel Israel joins the chapter as advisor.

Having written seven books on tech transformation, Israel brings historical perspective of past tech disruptions, and business realities that defined them. This will broaden the knowledge base of our chapter advisors, and thus our ability to be a business resource for members.

Specifically for AR and VR, you could say that Israel “wrote the book” on their expected transformation. The Fourth Transformation stands out on the bookshelves of our chapter principles, and remains a signpost for the early stages in a long evolution of AR and VR.

"Now that the mania of immersive technologies has tapered off, the business of real people using AR and VR to perform more and more tasks and services has begun. Enduring business models are taking form. From the factory to the classroom and the operating table, these technologies are making the world safer, more efficient and more entertaining. I am proud to be an advisor to this pioneering organization and its grown number of members.”

Stay tuned for more news for Shel’s involvement, including our developing event calendar for the remainder of 2019. This will involve advising chapter strategy, involvement in chapter events, and facilitating knowledge and perspective around VR and AR transformation.

There’s also industry news projected for the remainder of 2019, which Israel will help us contextualize, including Oculus Quest and the continued evolution of consumer and enterprise AR. It will be an exciting time for the industry, and we’re excited Israel will experience it with us.

“As someone who’s defined tech transformation both with his thought leadership and his hands-on work advising startups, Shel has been a hugely influential figure to all of us in the SF tech community,” said San Francisco Chapter co-president Emily Olman. “We’re thrilled to formally welcome him to our team.”

Mike Boland

Michael Boland is Chief Analyst and VP of Content for BIA/Kelsey, covering online and mobile media. Mike is a frequent speaker at top industry conferences such as BIA/Kelsey events, Search Engine Strategies, ad:tech, and WHERE 2.0. He has authored in-depth reports on the changing local media landscape including online video, social networking and mobile. He contributes regularly to highly read online news sources such as Business Insider and the Huffington Post. A trusted source for reporters covering the interactive media space, his comments have appeared in major news and trade media, including the Wall Street Journal, Fortune and Forbes. Previously he was a San Francisco-based freelance writer for business and technology magazines, such as Red Herring, Business 2.0, and Mobile Magazine. Mike began his career in business analysis and journalism as a staff reporter for Forbes magazine, where he covered tech & media.