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.

Jaunt has a global presence, with Jaunt HQ in Palo Alto, Jaunt Studios in Los Angeles, EMEA Business Offices in London, European Engineering and Development Hub in Amsterdam, and Jaunt China based in Shanghai.


Executive Team

  • As a recognized leader in traditional and digital media, George Kliavkoff is responsible for scaling Jaunt globally. Kliavkoff joined Jaunt from Hearst Corporation where he served as co-president of Entertainment & Syndication, Hearst’s largest operating division responsible for Hearst's interests in cable television networks, including ESPN, Lifetime, A&E and History; television production and distribution; and merchandise licensing. Kliavkoff also served as president of Hearst Ventures, which makes strategic investments in companies operating at the intersection of media and technology.

    Prior to Hearst, Kliavkoff was chief digital officer at NBC Universal, where he was among the team responsible for the creation and launch of Hulu.com. He was Hulu's first leader and served on the JV's board. Kliavkoff vastly expanded NBCU's digital media strategy, developing new business models and markets and overseeing the distribution of video and other products and services across digital platforms.

    Prior to NBCU, he was an executive vice president for Major League Baseball Advanced Media where he oversaw MLB's online and mobile subscription and licensing businesses as well as all business development.

    He earned his BA from Boston University and his JD from the University of Virginia.

  • 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 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 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.

  • 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.



     

  • 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.

  • 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 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 they 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.

  • Dominic Collins is responsible for Jaunt’s business and operations across the EMEA region, managing activity from the two European centers in London and Amsterdam. Additionally, Dominic is focused on partnering with creative content and production companies, as well as brands and agencies, to create immersive cinematic VR experiences for global distribution.

    Prior to joining Jaunt, Dominic held a variety of key positions with European telecom and digital companies including Legal & General, as the Group Chief Marketing Officer; UK’s leading telco EE/Orange/T-Mobile, where he was Director of Digital; CEO of two France Telecom companies, Orange Digital and Unanimis; as well as managing the digital business of Autotrader and Sky. Dominic began his career in magazine publishing and was Group Advertisement Director at Hearst Magazines (UK).


Board of Directors

Tim HaleyRedpoint Ventures
Netflix Board
Peter Gotcher
Chairman of Dolby
DigiDesign Founder
Paul Maeder
General Partner and Founder
Highland Capital
Kevin Mayer
Chief Strategy Officer
The Walt Disney Company
Richard Hess
Co-Managing Partner
Evolution Media Capital
Li Ruigang
Founding Chairman
China Media Capital
John Ryley Head of Sky News
Sky Jaunt Board Observer