The Boost VC Podcast

Ep. 85: Solving for Shared Experiences in XR—with Anjney Midha CEO of Ubiquity6

Episode Summary

Anjney Midha is the cofounder and CEO of Ubiquity6, a startup using computer vision to create multiplayer experiences for augmented and virtual reality. Founded by alums from Metamind, Facebook, Tesla, Twitter and Stanford, the Ubiquity team is leveraging spatial computing to bring people together in valuable new ways. Anjney began his career in venture as Founding Partner of KPCB Edge, a Kleiner Perkins fund formed to support founders in AR, VR and computer vision.

Episode Notes

“Clearly, the killer use case, the most valuable thing 6DoF can do is allow two or more humans to interact—just be with each other from wherever they are.”
The internet has succeeded in connecting people to machines and information. So, what’s missing? Anjney Midha argues that the element of human interaction is what the web lacks, and he is on a mission to develop the tools creators can use to design shared experiences online through XR.
Anjney Midha is the cofounder and CEO of Ubiquity6, a startup using computer vision to create multiplayer experiences for augmented and virtual reality. Founded by alums from Metamind, Facebook, Tesla, Twitter and Stanford, the Ubiquity team is leveraging spatial computing to bring people together in valuable new ways. Anjney began his career in venture as Founding Partner of KPCB Edge, a Kleiner Perkins fund formed to support founders in AR, VR and computer vision.
Today, Anjney joins us to share his background in frontier tech and explain how his experience in VC led to the creation of Ubiquity6. He offers insight on the problems in venture capital, describing how good and bad investors can impact a startup. Anjney also discusses the particular challenges of the deep tech space and the futility of the AR versus VR debate. Listen in to understand the tech advancements that have facilitated networked capabilities and learn how Ubiquity6 is solving for shared experiences—at six degrees of freedom.

Topics Covered

Anjney’s background in frontier tech
Formed fund within Kleiner (AR, VR + computer vision)
Influenced by Bing Gordon, Mike Abbott
Time spent investing AND building software
Founded Ubiquity6 to solve for shared experiences

Anjney’s take on good vs. bad investors
Great investors = 100X or more
Bad investors destroy value
More pretenders than ever
Look at track record of success, failure

How Anjney communicates with investors
Text message, reply within 10 minutes
Best investors view as service industry

The role of Ubiquity6 in solving for shared experiences
Serve creators with tools
Launch own experiences
‘Shared AR in persistent way’

Anjney’s insight around the challenges of deep tech
Timing (invest in real tech that doesn’t exist)
Bring research to market in compelling way

How Anjney built a tribe of support
Early-stage founders vocal about problems
Obvious from listening to early adopters

Why Anjney is excited about audio
As powerful, immersive as visual AR
Shared audio channels for consumers

Why Anjney believes AR vs. VR is a false debate
Different viewing modes of same experience
High level of abstraction = unproductive debate

The positive mass market signals for Anjney and his company
ARKit, ARCore (networked AR)
On-device capabilities to shared capabilities

Connect with Anjney

Ubiquity6 https://ubiquity6.com/

Ubiquity6 on Medium https://medium.com/ubiquity6

Ubiquity6 on Twitter https://twitter.com/ubiquity_6

Ubiquity6 on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/company/ubiquity6/

Anjney on Medium https://medium.com/@anjneymidha

Anjney on Twitter https://twitter.com/anjneymidha

Anjney on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/anjney/

Resources

Kleiner Perkins https://www.kleinerperkins.com/

Bing Gordon https://www.kleinerperkins.com/people/bing-gordon/

Mike Abbott https://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelabbott/

Virtual Human Interaction Lab https://vhil.stanford.edu/

Jeremy Bailenson https://vhil.stanford.edu/faculty-and-staff/

Adam Arrigo https://www.linkedin.com/in/adam-arrigo-b4637620/

TheWaveVR http://thewavevr.com/

LYNX Capital https://www.lynxtrading.com/

Benchmark Capital http://www.benchmark.com/

Index Ventures https://www.indexventures.com/

Vinod Khosla Interview https://blog.ycombinator.com/vinod-khosla-on-how-to-build-the-future/

John Doerr https://www.kleinerperkins.com/people/john-doerr

Marc Andreessen on a16z Podcast https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O91S1NL-B0Q&t=14m34s

ARKit https://developer.apple.com/arkit/

ARCore https://developers.google.com/ar/

Connect with Boost VC

Boost VC Website https://www.boost.vc/

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Boost VC on Twitter https://twitter.com/BoostVC