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vSpatial, the Virtual Reality Office, names John Sallaway as its new CEO, Chairman of the Board.

vSpatial, the Virtual Reality Office, names John Sallaway as its new CEO, Chairman of the Board.

vSpatial, a Provo based virtual reality startup, has named John Sallaway as its new CEO and Chairman of the Board. As a co-founder of vSpatial, Sallaway has been serving as the company’s Chief Operating Officer since its inception in 2016. Sallaway replaces Richard Platt, the original founder and CEO of vSpatial. Platt will continue in his role as the company’s President, with his complete focus dedicated to product development, cloud infrastructure, sales, and marketing.

Sallaway, who will assume day-to-day leadership of the company effective immediately, expressed excitement about the company’s direction.

“Technology continues to evolve how we access and use information. Good inspiration starts with good information, so we appreciate that. What has not advanced as quickly are the tools we use to leverage that information into good meetings, good forecasts, and good decisions. This is what vSpatial is about. Our application connects our users to their data and their coworkers like never before. This is about helping our users work quicker, smarter, and have a more delightful experience at the same time.”

Sallaway brings expertise in remote work and managing distributed teams. Prior to joining vSpatial, John enjoyed a successful legal career where he eventually became a managing partner of a national law firm, managing a nationally distributed team of over 50 attorneys. Through that experience, Sallaway learned first-hand the complexities of managing remote workers and distributed teams in the information and analysis-heavy legal industry.

“I know the challenges that remote workers and distributed teams face. It is not as simple as saying we are going to leave the traditional office and transition to a distributed team. Without the right tools and understanding of the complexities of relationships and work flows, remote teams fail. This is why I am so excited to bring the next generation of productivity and collaboration tools to our users. Whether you are working remotely on a business trip for a day or two or whether you are permanently placed on a distributed team, vSpatial is going to help you be better at your job and in a delightful way.”

vSpatial Board

Continuing on the vSpatial Board of Directors with Sallaway are Richard Platt and David Tucker. Both Platt and Tucker bring decades of expertise and success in the enterprise collaboration industry.

Platt was the technical founder of Selsius Systems which was acquired by Cisco Systems in 1998 for about $150M. Under his engineering leadership at Cisco, these original Selsius products became the Cisco Call Manager and Cisco IP Phone lines which today are a multi-billion dollar business for Cisco. Richard went on to function as a VP/GM at Cisco for a new business venture focused on small business products which he helped grow from $0 to $200M over 3 years. Richard is an author/co-author of many patents in the field of networking and communications.

Tucker was the co-founder of Selsius Systems and as its CEO guided it through a successful acquisition by Cisco where he functioned as a vice-president. He is recognized throughout the industry as an expert in telecommunications, IP networking infrastructures, sales and marketing, and building profitable business models. David is an innovative and highly focused technology business leader who assembles and leads top talent to leverage technology transitions and winning business value.

In addition to this talented board, the rest of the vSpatial Team is comprised of the brightest minds in the virtual reality world today.

Find out more about vSpatial at https://vspatial.com or download the program for the Oculus Rift from the Oculus Store and make your virtual office a reality today.

Meet with your Team in Virtual Reality with vSpatial

Meet with your Team in Virtual Reality with vSpatial

The vSpatial team is distributed across the United States, but we work together and meet from all these different places in virtual reality every day!  Meetings in VR are unlike anything you have ever experienced.  We have been meeting in VR for some time and last week we rolled this feature out to our users in our latest release.  Here is an overview of some of the major features for you!

1) Share Unlimited Screens with your Team Member in VR Meetings

You can now start a call with any of the members of your team using the tablet.  Here is a video introduction to getting going with this feature and starting a call and sharing your screens with one another.

Meeting in VR is better than traditional video conference meetings because you are IMMERSED in the meeting and every person can share up to 4 screens at a time.  With 4 users in a call you can all view 16 screens at a time.  Anything even close to this in real life would cost tens, if not hundreds of thousands of dollars.  In addition to that every team member has the best seat in the house where they can supersize what is shared to fit your desires.  No more trying squinting at a full screen and still not being able to see the excel spreadsheet report.

In addition to the best seat in the house when you are in a VR meeting you really feel like you are with your colleagues.  This feeling of presence helps us to be more productive than anything else we have ever experienced.  Our users tell us is just something you need to see and try for yourself.  It’s incredible.

2) Virtual Reality Slack Integration

Here at vSpatial we are huge Slack fans and users.  There are over 9 million other weekly slack users in 50,000 teams around the world.  As we got going on this team meeting feature we knew we had to build our first integration around slack.  Now users can log into their slack account from directly within the vSpatial app using the profile icon on the tablet.  From here users can call other members of their slack team directly from vSpatial to initiate the call.  Users can also initiate calls from the channel directly within the app.

3) Move Screens Around with “Grip Grab”

Anytime you are working with unlimited screens you have to have an easy way to manage and work with all those screens.  One of our most requested features (we hear you!) was the ability to move around screens.  With that in mind we are thrilled to introduce the “grip grab” feature for each screen in virtual reality.  To use this feature simply point your raycaster (pointer) to a screen you want to move. Then press the grip button on your controller (your middle finger on the Oculus Rift) and you’ll see the screen shrink toward your hand.  Keep holding the grip down and point to where you want the screen to go.  When you let go the screen will instantly go there.

What do you think of the latest version of vSpatial?  Have you tried a call yet?  Let us know what you think!

Watch 360 Videos in VR and Manage Your Screens Better

Watch 360 Videos in VR and Manage Your Screens Better

We are excited to release the latest version of vSpatial with a built-in 360 media player and other features to help you be more productive in your VR Office . Here is a quick video introduction.

1) Full 360 Media Player – Launch the built in vSpatial media player and enjoy 360 degree videos without leaving the virtual environment.

2) Carousel Overview – When you scroll the carousel you can now see an overview of all the screens open and easily click to move between screens.

3) Minimize and Maximize – Minimize screens in your carousel to save space and maximize them when you are ready to work with them.

As we are early access, we LOVE feedback, so please continue to send us a note on bugs you find or improvements you would like to see on our support page here: https://vspatial.com/support/