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Episode 138

Sophia Dominguez

moleskines, travel & virtual reality @svrf & @allthingsvr

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Sophia Dominguez is the CEO & Cofounder of SVRF, the best way to search and discover VR content on the web. Sophia learnt how to be a front end developer after asking for an internship with a local company. From there, she developed a passion for product and startups. After graduating, Sophia went to San Francisco and fell in love with VR. Wanting to spend more time around this emerging technology, Sophia ended up helping to organize one of the first conferences for wearable technologies. After the conference, Sophia got a Google Glass and decided to travel the world to see how people in other countries would react to this emerging technology. She raised some money to make the project a reality and ended up visiting countries like: Spain, France, England, Germany, India, and more, before ending up at CES to cap off her trip. Sophia continued to build her career in tech by joining a startup called Context Labs where she helped launch several different products and startups. Following this experience, Sophia launched AllThingsVR as a go-to newsletter for VR enthusiasts. She then joined Rothenberg Ventures (now Frontier Tech Ventures) as an EIR before launching her current startup SVRF which is the best way to search and discover VR content on the web. Sophia joins us to share her story, how she got into startups, what it was like organizing a Google Glass trip around the world, how she approaches product management, why she’s so excited about VR, what it’s been like working on SVRF, and much more!

Main Objectives For This Episode

  • Learn more about how Sophia got into startups
  • Learn more about what motivated Sophia to do a trip with Google Glass around the world
  • Learn more about how Sophia approach product management
  • Lear more about why Sophia is so passionate about VR
  • And more!

Episode Overview

Sophia Dominguez is the CEO & Cofounder of SVRF, the best way to search and discover VR content on the web.

Sophia learnt how to be a front end developer after asking for an internship with a local company. From there, she developed a passion for product and startups.

After graduating, Sophia went to San Francisco and fell in love with VR. Wanting to spend more time around this emerging technology, Sophia ended up helping to organize one of the first conferences for wearable technologies.

After the conference, Sophia got a Google Glass and decided to travel the world to see how people in other countries would react to this emerging technology. She raised some money to make the project a reality and ended up visiting countries like: Spain, France, England, Germany, India, and more, before ending up at CES to cap off her trip.

Sophia continued to build her career in tech by joining a startup called Context Labs where she helped launch several different products and startups. Following this experience, Sophia launched AllThingsVR as a go-to newsletter for VR enthusiasts. She then joined Rothenberg Ventures (now Frontier Tech Ventures) as an EIR before launching her current startup SVRF which is the best way to search and discover VR content on the web.

Sophia joins us to share her story, how she got into startups, what it was like organizing a Google Glass trip around the world, how she approaches product management, why she’s so excited about VR, what it’s been like working on SVRF, and much more!


Some Of The Questions We Ask

2:17
Where are you from and what did you study?

4:07
So where did that passion for entrepreneurship startups come from for you?

5:00
How did you start your career in tech? What were some of the first few jobs you had?

7:24
Can you tell us more about your Google Glass trip? How many countries did you visit and what was it like pitching that experience to organizations?

10:35
What is it about wearable that you’re so excited about?

12:08
You then joined a startup called Context Labs where you had a chance to do a ton of things and ship product. First off, can you tell us more about Context Labs and how you created the opportunity to join the team there?

15:24
How did you approach building and launching so many different apps?

16:55
Following your role at Context Labs, you then joined Frontier Tech Ventures (Rothenberg Ventures) as an Entrepreneur In Residence.
How did you end up joining the team there?

19:18
What was it like being right between the VC and Founder roles?

20:40
You then launched your own startup, SVRF. Can you tell us more about SVRF is and does & what motivated you to launch it?

23:30
How do you balance between building the product you envision and an MVP?

25:22
What is it about VR and that type of technology that you’re so passionate about? Where do you see it evolving?

26:33
What’s next for SVRF in 2017?

27:05
So what are some of your favorite VR (or non VR) apps/tools that you’ve downloaded and really loved recently?

29:30
So do you have any recommendations on some great content that you’ve come across lately?

30:58
Do you have any last thoughts or personal mottos that you live by that you think others should know about?


Here are some of the most important links and resources mentioned throughout the show.

Twitter Handles & Websites

Sophia Dominguez on Twitter
SVRF on Twitter
SVRF on the web
AllThingsVR on Twitter
AllThingsVR on the web
Tyler Copeland on Twitter
Franco Varriano on Twitter

Devices, Apps, and Books

Feed
Google Glass Video
3 Percent Conference
Dreams of O
Luna
PlutoVR
Google Daydream
Vive
Mastering Oculus Rift Development
Learning Virtual Reality
AllThingsVR Twitter List

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