RICH PIZZO, Chief Technologist
Rich Pizzo is a maverick software engineer (he and his team, Aletron) have developed everything from trading algorithms used by Goldman Sachs to biometric fingerprint scanning for the U.S Military. Together with his team, Rich has done groundbreaking work in high order optics for the US Dept. of Energy. Aletron was the first to successfully apply theoretical Cartesian space and vector transformations to practical use. As a result of this success, one of their key players was brought on to lead the design efforts for one of the first Virtual Reality initiatives by Silicon Graphics, Inc. In the Military field, they’ve developed creative and innovative biometrics algorithms for the Dept. of Defense and Homeland Security. His extensive experience in heterogeneous computing and software architecture has led to the creation of original and unique concepts to revolutionize this still young area of hybrid computer science.
JACQUES OLET, co-CEO, co-Founder
JacQues Olet, an illusion designer, and inventor since the age of 6 had his first encounter with Virtual Reality as a child. Upon turning 18, JacQues walked across America, trekking all the way from New Jersey to British Columbia. A year later he walked across Japan's largest and most populous island, Honshu, and designed his first internationally selling product just one month later. It was a device that could be used for performing illusions but that camouflaged itself as a pocket sized mint container. In just a year it went from a $3,000 investment to netting $120,000. This caught the attention of Matt Biagioli, an M.D. who co-founded Compelative Productions. With Matt's help, at age 21, he received his film education by producing a 35mm feature. The student feature helped raise the $150,000 needed for his first serious work (Stale Ramen) an ambitious feature that after 2 intense years of filming has entered post production. He has been inventing for the Virtual Reality medium since the first Oculus Prototype was released. As co-founder of Hieroglyph, he occupies his time creating pioneering virtual reality technologies that will change the way animated films are made forever.
ANTHONY MARKS, co-CEO, co-Founder
Anthony Marks is a producer and actor with assistant directing and experiential marketing experience. Most recently, he produced a full season of a virtual reality performance art show, shooting for six weeks across the country in off-the-grid locations. His studies include business and communications at Hawaii Pacific University in Honolulu and New York Institute of Technology in NYC. Anthony ultimately earned his degree from New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, graduating with honors with a B.F.A. in Film & TV. While at NYU, he worked as an assistant director, managing large-scale sets and crews in an array of production scenarios. Shortly after graduating, he transitioned into Producing where he steered productions from inception to distribution and gained valuable experience working with a wide range of budgets. Between filming, he managed experiential marketing campaigns where he learned innovative and cost-effective techniques to engage customers and obtain maximum brand exposure. Anthony started Hieroglyph with his savings to revolutionize the way traditional media is created and experienced. He currently spends his time formulating and implementing strategies to ensure that Hieroglyph’s groundbreaking innovations reach the world.
RAJ SHRESTHA, Financial Advisor
Raj Shrestha has 10 years of experience in the finance industry. He is currently the Finance and Strategy Director of a $700 million NYSE listed Packaged Foods Company and the Head of Financial Planning and Analysis of the Company's US and Germany businesses. Prior to his current role, Raj served as a Senior Manager of Corporate Development and Strategy of Essar Group, a multi-billion dollar multi-national natural resources conglomerate. Prior to his position at Essar, Raj worked for 5 years at Deutsche Bank as an analyst and associate in the company's Investment Banking Division. Raj graduated from Dartmouth College with a B.A. in Economics.
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