Alex Hern is an entrepreneur with more than 25 years of experience. During his career he focused on early stage companies as well as on incubation of tech companies. He is responsible for co-founding several companies such as Inktomi, which was the search engine technology for AOL, Yahoo and MSN), and Yesmail, an email marketing as well as web directory company – Yesmail ended up being acquired by CMGI for the price of $650 million. Hern also co-founded Military Commercial Technologies, Arcsight, CloudShield, NewHomes.com, and Triton Network Systems. Arcsight was a cyber security company that went public and was purchased by Hewlett-Packard for the amount of $1.5 billion. He was also part of the board of Zero Knowledge Systems.
Hern’s current venture is Tsunami XR, a company formerly known as Tsunami VR – a company responsible for creating and distributing immersive XR software apps by utilizing virtual and augmented reality for the global market. Tsunami was co-founded by Hern alongside Dave Ross. Alex Hern currently serves as the company’s Chief Executive Officer, and in an interview he pointed out that cross-reality or XR is something that he wants to explore and also be at the forefront in the near future. He noted that advancements in AI and in machine learning in general are paving the way for things to come over the following decade. Hern believes that the next big leap forward will be cloud computing for the graphic-intensive applications and software.
According to Hern, the idea for Tsunami XR came about as he started considering the shift to GPU from CPU, and how it could revolutionize the spatial computing era. While researching the GPU processing, Hern identified ways to leverage capabilities that were only recently made possible via graphic processing advancements. He notes that he has always been focused on strong beginnings and points out that he believes that they are crucial to the sustained success of a business. He commented on the fact that VR was valued at approximately $6 billion only 2 years ago, and now the market experts are predicting that the VR industry will reach $200 billion by the year 2022.
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