Company


Jaunt - /jônt/ - noun - a short journey, especially one taken for pleasure

Background

The idea for Jaunt originated in early 2013 when one of our founders returned from an amazing experience at Zion National Park.  What if he could go back there for a brief jaunt, at any time, from any place? The emerging consumer VR industry provides the mechanism to travel to virtual worlds.  We aim to put realism back into the virtual reality experience, lending an uncanny sense of presence never before possible with any other technology.

Our Team

We are building an outstanding team of scientists, engineers, and broadcast professionals.  Current members hail from Stanford University, Caltech, Java, Apple, Intel, Lucasfilm, Zynga, Condé Nast,  News Corp, Nickelodeon, and Netflix.

 

Executive Team

Jens Christensen, CEO and Founder

Jens was an Entrepreneur in Residence at Redpoint Ventures prior to Jaunt. Before that he was a founder and CEO of Ellerdale, an AI startup focused on real­-time semantic analysis. Ellerdale assembled a world-­class technical team and was one of the first companies to process the full Twitter stream, enabling it to identify and organize trending topics in real-­time. Flipboard, the worlds' first social magazine, acquired Ellerdale in 2010. Jens was also a founder of WebSwap, a pioneering barter site.

Earlier, he was a founder and CEO of PostModern, a software company that developed the first Java ORB. It merged with Visigenic, a private enterprise software company, where he continued on as CTO and board member through its IPO and subsequent acquisition by Borland. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford University and a B.A. in Computer Science from Columbia University.

 

 

Arthur van Hoff, CTO and Founder

Arthur van Hoff is a serial entrepreneur and was most recently CTO at Flipboard. He started his career in Silicon Valley at Sun Microsystems where he was an early developer of the Java programming language. Since then he has started several successful companies including Marimba (IPO 1999), Strangeberry (acquired by TiVo), ZING (acquired by Dell), and Ellerdale (acquired by Flipboard).

Arthur has expertise in machine learning, big data, mobile applications, 3D printing, and computational photography. He is originally from the Netherlands and has a master’s degree in Computer Science from Strathclyde University in Glasgow.

David Anderman, Chief Business Officer

David is responsible for business and revenue development and dealmaking at Jaunt.  Prior to joining Jaunt, David was the COO and General Counsel of Lucasfilm Ltd., where he was responsible for the day-to-day business of Lucasfilm and all of its subsidiaries, including Industrial Light & Magic, Skywalker Sound, and Lucasfilm Animation Singapore.  

In 2012, he negotiated the $4 billion acquisition of Lucasfilm by The Walt Disney Company, earning him the Variety Dealmaker of the Year Award.  He also negotiated production, distribution, merchandising and licensing deals for Star Wars and Indiana Jones, technology transactions, online ventures, mergers and acquisitions, and real estate development deals for Lucasfilm.  David began his career as an intellectual property litigator in Silicon Valley.

 

Cliff Plumer, President, Jaunt Studios

Cliff is responsible for the development of content and production at Jaunt.  Prior to joining Jaunt, Cliff was an angel investor and advisor to Oculus Rift, a Board of Director to Telltale Games, and a Producer of VR content for the launch of the Samsung GearVR. As CEO of Digital Domain, the company won an Academy Award for visual effects on the movie The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, in addition to receiving Technical Achievement awards from the Academy for innovation. At Digital Domain, Cliff established a studio in Vancouver and a Virtual Production Studio in Los Angeles. As CTO of  Lucasfilm, Cliff directed the construction of the technical infrastructure of The Letterman Digital Arts Center in San Francisco, and the Lucasfilm Studio in Singapore. He worked closely with George Lucas on the development of the first Digital Cinema production for the Star Wars Trilogy. Cliff has worked on over 100 Hollywood feature films and television series. He began his career at NBC.

 

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Koji Gardiner, VP of Hardware Engineering

Koji leads the engineering team responsible for the design and manufacture of Jaunt’s cinematic VR cameras. His expertise spans electrical, optical, and mechanical design, with a focus on developing high-performance imaging systems.

Prior to joining Jaunt, Koji was a camera engineering manager at Apple, where he led the development of over a dozen iPhone, iPad, iPod, and Mac cameras from concept to mass production. He holds bachelor’s and master's degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.

 

 

David Kahn, VP of Product

Prior to Jaunt, David was Senior Director of Product at Zynga (IPO 2011) where he helped lead over a dozen online and mobile games resulting in over 250m downloads and $500m in lifetime bookings.  One of the first product managers at Zynga, David built the product manager discipline, created the Zynga game development playbook, and grew Zynga to 50m MAU in two years.  An expert in social networks, mobile development, and product design, David is applying his expertise to building the Jaunt platform and go to market strategy.

 

 

 

 

PRABHA KRISHNA, VP OF OPERATIONS

Prior to Jaunt, Prabha has held Director of Engineering positions at Adobe, Netflix, Google and Oracle. Her areas of specialty span consumer-facing products, server-side infrastructure and highly-scalable systems. She led the EchoSign engineering group at Adobe and oversaw the transition of e-Commerce applications to Amazon’s Cloud at Netflix.

At Google, Prabha managed the Java Distributed Systems Infrastructure team, the AdWords API and the Mobile Search teams. She is currently applying her experience to streamlining operations and building a world-class organization at Jaunt. Prabha holds an MS in Computer Science and Computational Biology from UCSD, an MS in Physics from Brown University and a BS in Physics from the University of Paris-Sud, France.

 

 

MILES PERKINS, VP OF MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS

Miles Perkins brings a wealth of experience to Jaunt in the fields of media communications, entertainment and emerging technologies.  Before coming to Jaunt Miles was a 23 year veteran of Lucasfilm where as Head of Corporate Communications he was responsible for the development and implementation of communications and public relations across all Lucasfilm companies globally, including Industrial Light & Magic, Skywalker Sound and LucasArts. Prior to this role Perkins served as Director of Marketing and Communications for Industrial Light & Magic.  During his tenure he was central in developing and managing the ILM brand and possesses a deep knowledge of the creative and post-production process.  At ILM he worked on a wide range of projects including the Star Wars prequels, the Jurassic Park series, the Pirates of the Caribbean series, Iron Man 1 & 2 and is credited on nine feature films including Super 8, Rango, Star Trek, Transformers 1 & 2, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and Iron Man.

 

SIMON WYNN, VP OF CLOUD OPERATIONS

Simon oversees cloud operations a Jaunt. Prior to joining the Jaunt team, he was at clearXchange, where he helped to develop the leading bank-provided P2P payments platform. 

He began his career with Dolby, where he was a part of the team which developed the Dolby Digital 5.1 sound format, designing digital optical recording systems and other cinema technology.  After Dolby, he worked at Oracle on video server technology, then at Marimba on enterprise systems management products, followed by Devicescape, a cloud-based, crowd-sourced Wi-Fi platform providing data offload technology to mobile service providers.

Simon has a degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering with a specialization in Acoustics from the Polytechnic of North London, UK.


Board of Directors


Board of Advisors