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Episode 156

Tom Emrich

VC at @Super_Ventures / Community Builder at @WeAreWearables & @ARealityEvent

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Tom Emrich is a Partner at Super Ventures and a co-producer of Augmented World Expo. After the release of the first feature phone, Tom began to see how immersive new technologies would transform the world around us and began building his career in the space. He’s consulted on how these technologies can improve the workplace & covered the industry for media publications like CanadaAM, ReadWrite, Betakit and more. Tom has also created and helped to foster communities around emerging technologies all over the world through groups like: We Are Wearables, Augmented Reality Bay Meetup, and most recently Augmented World Expo. He’s also now investing with 3 other partners through Super Ventures, a $10 Million dollar fund that’s helping to back startups building AR/VR & wearable products worldwide. Tom joins us to share his story, how he started his career in tech, why he’s so passionate about emerging technologies like AR/VR & wearables, what motivated him to help launch Super Ventures, what he and his partners look for in their investments, how he approaches building communities around emerging technologies, and much more!

Main Objectives For This Episode

  • Learn more about how Tom got into tech and startups
  • Learn more about why Tom is so passionate about emerging technologies
  • Learn more about what motivated him to help launch Super Ventures
  • And more!

Episode Overview

Tom Emrich is a Partner at Super Ventures and a co-producer of Augmented World Expo.

After the release of the first feature phone, Tom began to see how immersive new technologies would transform the world around us and began building his career in the space.

He’s consulted on how these technologies can improve the workplace & covered the industry for media publications like CanadaAM, ReadWrite, Betakit and more.

Tom has also created and helped to foster communities around emerging technologies all over the world through groups like: We Are Wearables, Augmented Reality Bay Meetup, and most recently Augmented World Expo.

He’s also now investing with 3 other partners through Super Ventures, a $10 Million dollar fund that’s helping to back startups building AR/VR & wearable products worldwide.

Tom joins us to share his story, how he started his career in tech, why he’s so passionate about emerging technologies like AR/VR & wearables, what motivated him to help launch Super Ventures, what he and his partners look for in their investments, how he approaches building communities around emerging technologies, and much more!


Some Of The Questions We Ask

2:01
Where are you from and what did you study?

2:38
How did your passion for tech and entrepreneurship develop?

4:45
How did you transition into, firstly writing and reporting for some major media outlets, and then secondly, diving into the wearables, AR, new tech space?

7:11
What is it about wearables, IoT, AR/VR that you’re so excited about?

9:33
What have been some of the biggest changes in the AR/VR, wearables industry since you've started covering it?

17:09
You’ve built several different events and groups, effectively connecting several parts of the global AR/VR/Wearables community. What’s your approach to creating communities and why are they so critical to early stage tech like AR?

20:37
You’re currently a partner with Super Ventures. Can you tell us a bit more about what Super Ventures is all about and what motivated you to help launch that?

23:10
What’s it like starting a brand new fund in a completely new industry?

25:45
What do you look for in startups when deciding to invest?

32:00
What are some of the most recent apps (VR, AR or other) or hardware you’ve recently had a chance to play around with and love?

35:40
Any last thoughts or personal mottos that you live by that you think others should know about or could draw inspiration from?


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

Twitter Handles & Websites

Tom Emrich on Twitter
Tom Emrich on the web
We Are Wearables on Twitter
We Are Wearables on the web
Super Ventures on Twitter
Super Ventures on the web
Tyler Copeland on Twitter
Franco Varriano on Twitter

Devices, Apps, and Books

The Void
Globacore

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