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.”

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Foreward

Tech revolutions seem to happen all at once. But in reality, it’s often a gradual progression of factors. And sometimes they happen in the unlikeliest places. The first computing revolution was set in motion by eight embittered electrical engineers who were under the management of a domineering founder named William Shockley. Starting a now-prevalent trend, the “traitorous eight,” left well-paying jobs to found Silicon Valley’s first startup in 1957: Fairchild Semiconductor.

These engineers included Robert Noyce and Gordon Moore who later co-founded Intel. Moore wrote the law that’s defined chip-based computing and technological progression to this day. They also included Eugene Kleiner, who founded the industry’s most prolific venture capital firm among other things. Altogether, they branched out from Fairchild -- the original tech ‘mafia’ -- to seed AMD, National Semiconductor and ultimately what we now know as Silicon Valley.

More importantly, those seeds took root in fertile conditions. A combination of weather, network effect and educational institutions reinforced the region’s talent inflows, tech transfer and concentration of knowledge. Revolutions kicked off every 10-15 years: mainframe computing, the PC, the commercial internet and the smartphone era. It is now on that same soil where the next revolution is underway.

And, like the gradual progression of events that started with the traitorous eight, the XR revolution continues to emit sparks all around us. First ignited by Facebook’s 2014 acquisition of Oculus, something big is happening.

It’s happening behind the walls of glass cities in Cupertino, Mountain View and Menlo Park; nondescript office parks in San Mateo, Dorm rooms in Berkeley and co-working spaces throughout San Francisco. WeWork is the new HP garage. There’s even a good chance that one of the companies that defines the next era of technological innovation and Silicon Valley lore is a member of the VR/AR Association. We see tremendous creativity, innovation, and pedigree at companies like 6D.ai, Ubiquity 6, Avegant, Umbra, Kineviz and Portico. We see individuals carrying the XR torch and creating value such as Amy LaMeyer, Amy Peck, Kristin Dragos, Annisa Kau, and Rika Nakazawa.

We now publish this report to document, give credit to, and provide a map for those future (and current) all-stars of Silicon Valley. They sprout from fertile soil, with a birthright, and responsibility, to design the technology that will drive the world’s progression and economic growth. With 60 years of evidence, we believe probability and statistics theory apply to regional innovation: past behavior is a good indication of future outcomes.

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VRARA's 50+ Chapters are producing industry reports on the regional VR/AR ecosystems to promote companies and organizations involved with immersive technologies and media from NYC to Sydney, across the world.  The reports will be promoted by VRARA and our partners reaching potentially a 1M audience. 

Would you be interested to have your company featured in these report or sponsor the report? If yes, then let us know at info@thevrara.com 

Each report will specifically highlight the following:

  • Size of the local ecosystem market

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Call for Participants: San Francisco VR AR Ecosystem Report

VRARA SF Chapter is producing an industry report on the San Francisco VR AR ecosystem to promote SF companies and organizations involved with immersive technologies and media. Would you be interested to have your company featured in this report or sponsor the report? If yes, then let us know at info@thevrara.com 

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As the world's technology epicenter, San Francisco and Silicon Valley have become hotbeds for VR and AR. VRARA positions companies of all sizes to capitalize on this next major computing platform shift.

The report will specifically highlight the following:

  • Size of the SF market
  • Number of relevant companies in SF
  • List of companies and company info (size: number of employees, revenue; vertical, customers)
  • Reasons why company is based in SF
  • Needs and hopes from and for the SF ecosystem

If you have any questions or are interested in being featured or sponsor, please reply to this email or email info@thevrara.com