About Joe


Originally born and raised in Canada, Joe relocated to the US in 2000 to access the explosive opportunities in tech. After working for a brief time in the New York Adtech world, Joe moved to California to join the computer security industry in 2001. In 2014, Joe took time off to pursue passion projects in independent filmmaking. In 2015, Joe pivoted to join the burgeoning community growing around Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality. Most recently Joe launched Looking Glass VR for Gear VR.


Joe can be reached by email at hello

San Francisco, CA


Links

Joe can be found elsewhere on the internet at:

  • Twitter
  • LinkedIn
  • Quora
  • GitHub
  • Mentoring & Advising

    Joe actively mentors at the following startup incubators and accelerators:

    Investment Strategy/Goals

    As a new investor, Joe seeks to parlay his substantial startup experience and technical expertise into value-added follow-on angel investment and networking opportunities. Areas of interest include Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality, though other domains are by no means excluded from consideration.


    AngelList profile

    Virtual Reality

    JoeA is an active participant in the San Francisco Virtual Reality community, as a former member of the Upload Collective and regularly attendee of various Meetup groups, including San Francisco Virtual Reality.


    Recent Activities


    Film & Photography

    Joe is a longtime fan of digital photography. His photos can be found on Flickr and Instagram.


    In 2010 Joe began performing volunteer videography for Nerd Nite San Francisco and now continues to direct the AV team's monthly shoot and subsequent edit, which is often posted on the Nerdnite SF Vimeo page.


    In 2012 Joe joined the Scary Cow Film Co-op, a volunteer film production community, performing a wide variety of production and post-production tasks, including producing two award winning short films. Joe's IMDB profile can be found here.

    Software Development Experience

    Looking Glass VR San Francisco, CA

    Producer & Lead Code (Jul 2016 – Aug 2017)

    • Conceived, designed, and executed a stereoscopic photo viewer for Mobile VR.
    • Performed lead code, VR UX, asset management, and art design
    • Managed six contractors in the execution of illustration, hand lettering, website design, website coding, and lighting scene optimization.

    River Studios San Francisco, CA

    VR Software Developer (September 2015 – Jun 2016)

    • Created video pipeline tools for optimized 360 degree video content
    • Integrated Amazon Web Services for 360 degree video distribution
    • Researched and implemented non-equirectangular 360 degree video projections

    Cryptography Research, Inc. (Acquired By Rambus) San Francisco, CA

    Principal Staff Engineer (October 2009 – July 2014)

    • Technical lead on customer and partner engagements for large scale secure data generation and delivery
    • Specified and developed enterprise and custom-built components for management of the FPGA cluster
    • Ported command-line ASIC tools from a R&D proof-of-concept to the large scale production cluster using distributed job control systems

    nCircle Network Security (Acquired By Tripwire) San Francisco, CA

    Senior Software Engineer (August 2001 – September 2009)

    • Responsible for the design, development, and maintenance of many products and features, including the IDS, IPS event correlator, and risk metric analyzer
    • Founding member of architecture review team responsible for approving all software product designs
    • Named as lead inventor on topological risk analysis patent
    • Participated in authoring product development standards and practices

    Primary Knowledge, Inc. (Acquired by DoubleClick) New York, New York

    Team Lead (December 2000 – June 2001)

    Software Engineer (May 2000 – December 2000)

    • Designed, specified, and implemented high-throughput C++ STL applications
    • Designed, customized and maintained the distributed job control system and the process monitoring subsystem

    Process Solutions Canada Limited (Edmonton, Alberta)

    Control Systems Analyst (August 1997 – April 2000)

    • Responsible for feature delivery and maintenance of the UNISON real-time distributed control system, including appliance monitoring, device drivers, ntworking and IPC, real-time fault-tolerant database backend
    • Requirement specification, application design, implementation and testing for new applications and customer customizations

    Skills & Attributes

    Technologies

    • 15+ years development experience with various distributed systems, including real-time control systems, batch job clusters, and peer-to-peer network models
    • 15+ years database development and management experience, including a proprietary real-time database, Oracle, PostgresQL, MySQL, and Amazon DynamoDB
    • 15+ years appliance development experience, including QNX, FreeBSD, Linux, and virtualization platforms such as AWS and VMware

    Development

    • Proficient in C systems programming and C++ and Python object oriented application development
    • Experienced creating back-end and middleware using REST services on LAMP platforms
    • Able to prototype rudimentary front-ends using HTML, Javascript, AJAX, CSS, and web-service APIs such as Google Maps
    • Knowledgeable regarding cryptography: asymmetric, symmetric, and hybrid cryptosystems, PKI, as well as steganographic information hiding techniques
    • Authored open source restricted shell variant scponly (Active maintainer 2001-2011)

    Operations

    • Administrative and development expertise with UNIX based operating systems: Linux, BSD variants, and other legacy systems
    • Very proficient with on-the-spot shell scripting using python, bourne shell variants, PERL, etc
    • Knowledgeable designing and deploying data storage and delivery solutions

    Organizational

    • Experience authoring hiring plans, interview guidelines, and job descriptions for team growth
    • Demonstrates team leadership in the form of technical mentoring, design, operational ownership, and project management on long-term projects
    • Operates effectively in rapid prototyping scenarios as well as highly structured enterprise software efforts
    • Excellent documentation, revision control, and bug tracking practices using many modern development tools (Jira, Confluence, Fisheye, Perforce, and Git)

    Education

    • B.Sc. (Computer Science), University of Saskatchewan, May 1997