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Andreessen Horowitz partner Benedict Evans aptly described virtual reality as “An idea maze of possibilities,” saying “you can divide the world into people who think VR is part of the future and people who haven’t had the demo yet.”

And he’s right. Until you’ve exprienced VR firsthand, it’s difficult to grasp the feeling and appreciate the implications this new era of technology will have on business as we know it.    With that in mind, we gathered four local minds already blazing trails in the world of VR. They were selected based on their demonstrable working knowledge in the space, each with their own angles around incorporating VR into tangible application:

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Equals 3 founders Scott Litman and Dan Mallin

 
Scott and Dan’s Wild Adventures — or SDWA — as the the next chapter in this story unfolds.  Partners since the mid-90’s, these two perennial entrepreneurs are at it once again with cognitive companion Lucy from Equals 3, an artificial intellicence platform for marketers built in partnership with IBM’s Watson.

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Screen Shot 2016-05-26 at 12.43.23 PMThank you Andcor Companies for underwriting the Meet a Minnesota CTO series, where we get up close and personal with Minnesota’s chief techies.

Scott Olson is the CTO of Minneapolis-based App Data Room, an enterprise mobile sales enablement platform for field sales reps.

How long have you been working in technology for and what is your technical background?

My first professional job out of college was at a ringtone startup in 2004 called MIDIRingtones. We produced ringtones and developed apps for flip phones, back in the RAZR and Sidekick days of mobile phones.

Before that, I studied Computer Engineering with a focus on Embedded Systems at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. I have always had a love of technology, from Number Munchers to programming in BASIC, so software engineering was a natural path.

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