Royal Oak — In the name of science, Randall Commissaris serves Smirnoff. He prefers Tito's, which ranks higher on the vodka food chain, but he pours carefully measured doses of 80-proof Smirnoff when he's getting people buzzed and turning them loose at 70 mph to see how well they avoid impediments on the roadway.
Mahmoud “Moody” Mattan is a serial entrepreneur and CEO of BrandXR, the world’s easiest to use no-code platform for building immersive XR experiences. Prior to BrandXR, Mr. Mattan founded PowisVR, where he built a multi-million dollar virtual reality headset and mobile accessories business. Before that, he led investments in Meta, Sidecar, and Genius (formerly Rap Genius) at Pegasus Tech Ventures. With a background in venture capital, business development, and marketing, Mr. Mattan specializes in finding profitable strategies for emerging technologies. A former Wayne State University football player, Mr. Mattan recently moved back to Detroit to strengthen the tech community and play a role in the city’s resurgence.
Ann Arbor’s BrandXR is collaborating with Detroit’s Wayne State University to launch a novel augmented reality technology that helps medical and chemistry students learn amid COVID-19.
Last time we spoke with BrandXR, the new extended reality startup was installing augmented reality art murals around the United States and Detroit. After pushing through the pandemic, founder Moody Mattan says the company has found unexpected momentum. This AR/VR tech is suddenly in high demand as a learning tool.
Ann Arbor is perfectly positioned to be one of the best cities for tech jobs. Not just in the Midwest, but in the country.