Meet the Circle Optics Team
With over 200 patents collectively and experience from optics expertise from IMAX, Kodak, L3Harris, Navitar Incorporated and others
Chief Executive Officer
We have accessibility and information through Google and things like that. We can access any information we want, but I think that people are innately curious about the world. People innately want to share, have more experiences about the world. I want to build technology that opens experiences for as many people as possible.
Chief Operating Officer
I have always considered myself a builder. I like to envision new things, think them through, and get them up and running. During undergrad, I led out a number of initiatives primarily related to raising money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and getting students to sign up for Be The Match. In grad school, I started a food pantry to help students struggling with food insecurity. In one year, we went from a single box in a reslife office to a 1200 square foot facility, 6 staff members, and a dozen volunteers. We ended up with 16 tons of donations that year. Joining a startup was a logical next step.
Senior Optical Engineer
Prior to Circle, I worked for 25 years in the industry in five different companies. My last stint was 13 years at IMAX in R&D. I was always looking for more opportunities to work on challenging problems, unique problems.
There are companies just down the road that I could have gone to if I wanted a nine to five punch the clock. I was done with that. I wanted to try something different. Circle’s been good because I’ve been able to do more optical design. The concept and the ideas are inspiring.
Chief Technology Officer
I am inspired by the development of new things that can change some aspect of the world. What that aspect is in this case is capturing views of the world in an inspiring way.
Chief Research Officer
The opportunity here is to influence the company’s success more directly. In our technology area in optics, AR and VR, there are 5,000 companies big and small competing. It is going to be very hard at the end of the day, working in that field to be in a company that wins. Here, there is an opportunity to not only succeed technically, but succeed in terms of business growth. Our space is unique – sparsely occupied.
I am an early adopter and someone always looking for that unique experience. When we were on our way back from a meeting, Allen mentioned a time he went on a bike ride in 1976 as they were building the 390 highway. He was able to ride his bike on the highway in the wrong direction. He took a moment to appreciate that this was likely the only time anybody would be able to do this – a unique experience. I feel like this moment with Circle is probably the only time we will get to do this – a unique experience. And that’s what I’m constantly looking for a unique experience.
Senior Project Manager
I worked at Kodak for a lot of years and then IMAX.
There are jobs that were just jobs, but they didn’t connect with my passion. Circle does that for me. It is because there is a connection to Circle in that I believe in what we are trying to achieve. For me, it’s about working on new technology and it is about the people in Circle. My passion is the ability to be part of a team and help that team be successful.
Senior Optical Systems Engineer
I am here to make something that has never been made before. And to take that creation and grow the business. It’s just so exciting.
Director of Marketing
This is the first time in 20 years that I’ve actually been an employee versus a consultant. I am here because of the inspirational leadership of Zak and Ian AND the promise of imagery to create connection.
Even before there were words, there were cavemen paintings, I feel that imagery get to being more than any other medium.
Senior Mechanical Engineer
I like conceptual work and I like getting concepts delivered. You are presented with the challenge, come up a bunch of ways to do it, and figure it out. It is a really cool thing to use those skills and make something happen.
Director of Software Engineering
After working many years in various capacities in Research and Advanced Development for a very large company, I was attracted by the opportunity to work in a small focused team to help develop a new technology. I believe that my diverse background allows me to contribute in many different ways.
Senior Mechanical Engineer
No matter how much experience we have or our level of expertise, there are always new applications or new ways of expressing things.
Imaging Science Intern
Working in computer science and working at Circle Optics are a lot like training for a marathon. It is nonstop effort, and you don’t get to see the results for a very long time-horizon. Daily execution and focus really matter for the long view.
Business Administration Intern