Research and Development Advisors
Martin CaplanMartin Caplan is dedicated to the art and science of play, Martin has over ten years experience in game development for traditional games, serious games, theme parks, video game consoles and mobile. Marti is currently Senior Producer creating great games at Other Ocean and has worked as a video game producer and consultant with Sega, Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo. Currently a Producer at Bioware Social / EA leading teams to create amazing next generation experiences in social games.
Jason JeraldJason is Chief Scientist at Digital ArtForms, a company that focuses on two-handed 3D interactive applications. He has 15 years of experience developing virtual reality and motion-tracked systems. Jason has co-authored numerous peer-reviewed publications and holds 8 patents. He received a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a focus on visual-motion and latency perception, and a B.S. in Computer Science with an emphasis in Computer Graphics from Washington State University.
Igor Khalfin, PhDIgor is one of the world’s foremost authorities in high-precision tracking, guidance and navigation systems with over 30 years of experience in the aerospace/defense and academic fields. His expertise includes optoelectronics, electromagnetics, imaging systems and sensors, remote sensing, applied physics, signal processing, and nonlinear systems. Igor is currently employed with Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, where he is leading the projects on spacecraft control systems. His prior experience includes senior engineering positions at Rockwell Collins, Polhemus, State University of New York, and University of North Carolina, Charlotte. Igor holds a PhD in physics from Bar-Ilan University in Israel.
Joseph LaViolaJoseph J. LaViola Jr. is the CAE Link Professor and associate professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and directs the Interactive Systems and User Experience Lab at the University of Central Florida. He is also an adjunct assistant research professor in the Computer Science Department at Brown University. His primary research interests include pen-based interactive computing, 3D spatial interfaces for video games, predictive motion tracking, multimodal interaction in virtual environments, and user interface evaluation. His work has appeared in journals such as ACM TOCHI, IEEE PAMI, Presence, and IEEE Computer Graphics & Applications, and he has presented research at conferences including ACM SIGGRAPH, ACM CHI, the ACM Symposium on Interactive 3D Graphics, IEEE Virtual Reality, and Eurographics Virtual Environments. He has also co-authored “3D User Interfaces: Theory and Practice,” the first comprehensive book on 3D user interfaces. In 2009, he won an NSF Career Award to conduct research on mathematical sketching. Joseph received a Sc.M. in Computer Science in 2000, a Sc.M. in Applied Mathematics in 2001, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science in 2005 from Brown University.
Simon SolotkoSimon Solotko is an experienced technology marketer and product manager having pioneered enthusiast products and social marketing in the PC industry. Simon has created a direct relationship with the enthusiast community and among the world’s most exciting and watched enthusiast content shattering PC performance and gaming records. His expertise in immersive computing experiences and augmented reality has been well documented and includes demonstrations of holodeck-like experiences, the evolution of living-room entertainment, PC remote control, and central computing models. Since 2002 Simon has had roles in product, brand, and social media management at Advanced Micro Devices. From 1997 to 2002, he drove strategic and business planning for Raytheon focused on HPC, biometrics, and remote sensing. Simon holds a Masters in Finance from the University of Texas, a BA from the University of Chicago, and has studied Mathematics and Computer Science at Harvard University and Kent State University.
Greg CruzGreg Cruz has over 15 years of sales and marketing experience with high tech companies. Most recently, Cruz operated his own consulting company where he advised early stage start ups. Prior to founding his consulting company Cruz was an early team member at Ariba, a pioneer in business to business e-commerce. Cruz held numerous senior management positions with in Ariba including the Director of Pre-Sales for Europe, Middle East and Africa. Based in Europe, he worked to establish sales, marketing, and business development for the region. Prior to Ariba Cruz was a management consultant for Enrst & Young, LLP consulting to Fortune 500 companies.
Emanuel GerardMr. Emanuel Gerard is currently an advisor to early stage companies. He was Vice Chairman and Head of U.S. Equities at Harris Nesbitt Gerard Inc. and a Managing Director at GKM Ventures. He was a Co-founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of Gerard Klauer Mattison where he served as Director of both Investment Banking and Research. Previously, Mr. Gerard spent 10 years at Warner Communications Inc., where he was a Co-Chief Operating Officer and a Member of the Office of the President. Among other functions at Warner, Mr. Gerard was actively involved in the purchase of Atari and the investment in Hasbro. He began his career as an Entertainment Research Analyst on Wall Street, later founding Roth, Gerard & Co., where he specialized in entertainment securities for 13 years. He holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.A. from Brown University.
Jef HoloveJef Holove is CEO of Basis, a San Francisco company that has developed the Basis Band, the world’s first connected health and heart rate monitor wearable on the wrist. Before joining Basis, Jef was CEO of Eye-Fi from 2007-2011. Prior to that, Holove was vice president and general manager of Logitech, Inc. where he most recently led the audio and interactive entertainment business units. In this role, he managed business strategy, marketing and engineering for multiple product portfolios. He also developed entertainment business units. Holove served as director of marketing for the Europe, Middle East and Africa region and directed retail and distribution channel marketing for the Americas region. Previously, Holove held leadership positions at Labtec, Inc., which was acquired by Logitech, as well as Insight, Inc., and Hewlett-Packard Company. He received a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Purdue University.
Spencer HosieSpencer Hosie is a nationally recognized top-ranked trial lawyer for complex commercial cases. In his 20+ year career, he has won or settled cases worth almost $2 billion for his clients. In June 2005, the National Law Journal profiled Hosie as one of the 10 most successful trial lawyers in the country. Hosie’s practice covers the spectrum of complex commercial cases, with particular focus on intellectual property litigation. He currently is an advisor to the Alaska, Louisiana, and Hawaii state governments. Hosie began his legal career with the San Francisco law firm of Heller, Ehrman, White and McAuliffe, with an antitrust and securities defense practice. He started his own firm in 1985, ultimately named Hosie Rice, LLP, which specialized in intellectual property, energy, and complex litigation.
Bill JoosBill Joos is the principal of “Go to Market Consulting”, based in Palo Alto, California. He works with early-to-mid stage companies, venture capital firms and their portfolio clients to help entrepreneurs accelerate their success. In addition to one-on-one consulting, Joos conducts entrepreneurial workshops worldwide. He spent nearly 7 years as the VP of Entrepreneur Development at Garage Technology Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm that he co-founded along with Guy Kawasaki. He also held sales and marketing positions with a variety of companies, including IBM and as the Sales VP at the software division of Apple Computer.
Gideon MarksGideon Marks is a seasoned high tech executive with a deep background in finance and business/corporate development. Marks brings to Sixense strong operational and deal making experience as well as extensive connections within the venture capital and investment banking communities. During his career he has taken three companies public on NASDAQ and has led three others to successful M&A transactions. Currently Marks serves as Vice President Corporate Development at Net Optics in Santa Clara, CA. His past positions include Managing Director at Garage Technology Ventures, Managing Director at Montgomery Securities and CFO of the RAD Group of companies.
Heather Dembert RafterHeather Dembert Rafter has been actively engaged in providing legal and business development services to the digital media industry for over twenty years. She currently is the principal counsel in Rafter Marsh US which provides a wide variety of services to small to medium-sized companies. For fourteen years, she was the lead counsel for Digidesign, the audio division of Avid Technology, beginning as Director of Legal Affairs and rising to the role of General Counsel. During her time at Digidesign, the company expanded to include M-Audio and Sibelius Software. Rafter began her legal career at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, focusing on copyright and commercial litigation, where she represented Accolade in the ground-breaking Sega v. Accolade case, as well as LucasArts Games. Rafter is a graduate of Princeton University (A.B., Woodrow School of Public & International Affairs, magna cum laude) and Columbia University School of Law (J.D., Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar).
Robert WickRobert Wick is currently a consultant to server startup and technology companies. From 2001 and 2009, he served in various executive roles, including Senior Vice President of Strategy, at Logitech, Inc., a world leader in personal peripherals. Prior to 2001, Wick was President and CEO of Labtec, Inc. a leading developer and marketer of high technology peripheral products and accessories for computing, communication, and entertainment. Wick has extensive experience in executive management, mergers and acquisitions and business development.
Steve NguyenSteve Nguyen has 20 years of marketing experience with sensor and automation networking. Nguyen worked with industry pioneer Echelon Corporation to establish market leadership positions in the smart building, intelligent city infrastructure, and home automation markets. Nguyen held senior positions in corporate marketing, communications and global marketing programs; and worldwide solutions marketing for embedded automation technologies and emerging markets. He helped pivot Echelon from an embedded technology supplier to an energy infrastructure company, and later again to a global leader in energy management and smart grid solutions. Recently Nguyen has been advising energy and security startups developing marketing and business strategies.