What We Learned form Participating in Seattle Startup Week

Seattle Startup Week was fantastic, the amount of passion and skill that they cram into a week is amazing. There were so many events scheduled it was hard to decide on where to go, but daily our CEO, Mat Chacon, and I started out at Chase BaseCamp. We made sure to stop in and introduce ourselves to people and grab some coffee. We got into contact with some mentors we were interested in meeting with and found some like-minded individuals that wanted to talk about VR.

On Wednesday we caught Raw & Uncut: Pacific Northwest Startup Ecosystems it was an interesting talk on the Pacific Northwest startup culture, they expressed a “we’re all in this together” mentality which is exactly how I feel about the Seattle Startup community, especially in VR. It really opened up my eyes into the “Cascade Connection”. It’s amazing the amount of people that came to Seattle from as far as Central Oregon to come to SSW. We got some good ideas and really good tips about startups in the Northwest and just how much bigger it is than just Seattle. We were also invited to participate in Angels, Pitches & Beers which was a great opportunity. Although we didn’t pitch, it was a good time to meet with other people and hear what some of the other teams were pitching. It’s always good insight to hear other people and get some ideas on where we can improve.

On Thursday night, Mat had the IBM Smartcamp 2016 - Pitch Competition, which I couldn’t be happier about! At the same time, I had Virtual Reality Demo Night at Pluto VR, which was organized by Heather Henrichs and Eva Hoerth (@downtohoerth), both of whom are fantastic and did a great job. The night started off really well, I met up with our financial advisor James Wagar, and his intern Josh Crawford and they did great. I really couldn’t have done it without them. Josh had never used VR before and the fact that he was able to jump in and give demos of our VR software named rumii, that helps remote work teams collaborate in VR, showed just how easy the learning curve is. We ran into some people we knew at Pluto like our friends from Vectorform (@vectorform), and Amber Osborne (@MissDestructo) and Raphael (@PolarMETHOD). It was definitely a successful night. I feel like the Pluto VR meeting rooms are perfect for VR studios, the fact that we could run two rigs in separate rooms was amazing. Being able to run it like that made it so we could take advantage of the mics on each HTC Vive showing the demoers just how great rumii is for meetings. Basically we would take two people at a time, one in each room, and set them up to demo with each other. That way they could run use rumii to chat and experience it together.

Demoing rumii at PlutoVR.

Demoing rumii at PlutoVR.

Seattle Startup Week was a great success! We really couldn’t be happier with the outcome of everything. We made some great contacts and met some awesome people. On top of all the business that was going on it was just plain fun, I would do it all again in a heartbeat.


Seattle Startup Week


We are excited to announce that we have been invited to Pitch at IBM SmartCamp at the Galnvanize workspace in downtown Seattle and will also be demonstrating our VR Collaboration software, rumii, at PlutoVR as part of Seattle Startup Week November 17, 2016! Pitching our company never gets old; we always welcome the chance to share our vision for the future of work and how it allows for real collaboration between team members through the power of virtual reality.

Talking about our company, Doghead Simulations, has become second nature to us since we’ve been giving the pitch practically non-stop since VRVCA Beijing. It never gets boring or old to explain that companies spend $1 trillion annually on travelling their teams around the world. The looks on the investors faces are always priceless when hearing that.

We know that our virtual reality software is solving real world problems that haven’t been faced by the workforce before. Factors like globalization, outsourcing, and progressive culture shifts such as “Future of Work” are generating distributed team members all over the world and creating interactions between people who go whole projects without ever meeting each other in person. In fact, 45% of IT teams work remotely around the globe, not including other industries.

While it is awesome that we have the technology to communicate and work with people across the country and across continents, it simply isn’t keeping up with the demand that humans have for instant, interactive, and vibrant collaboration. That is why virtual reality is catching on so quickly and why we have harnessed its capabilities for true distributed team collaboration.

Virtual reality is the tool, but how it is used for business is they key. Our company is made up of team members who not only face the challenges of working remotely, but they are industry leaders who understand how virtual reality works and the hardware that displays those environments work. We have suffered with our customers using Agile and Scrum remotely, a methodology and framework that was developed to be used in a co-located environment. However, remote teams still use this methodology because it has been proven to be the most effective in iterative, timely development of products, software, and process - so much so that 89% of businesses use Agile project management methodology to build products or improve customer satisfaction.

We invite the challenge. We crave the opportunity. We hope to see you at one of the events this week!

Demoing rumii at VRVCA, Beijing.

Demoing rumii at VRVCA, Beijing.