Oblong is precisely its people. We're directly manifest in every line of g-speak code, every pixel of design, every idea captured in written language. Our labs are open and social and taller than wide. We prize invention, industry, and comedy. All this is important because Oblong has to be a great place to work: fundamentally changing how humans use computers is a vigorous job and a long-haul proposition. But it's also important because many of the qualities we design into our software and systems are those we most like in our colleagues. It's from these qualities that real efficacy—human and machine—derives.
Oblong Industries' innovative technologies and ideas are transforming the way people work, create, and collaborate. Founded by MIT graduates whose work spanned realtime computer graphics systems, large-scale visualization techniques, and new methods for human-machine interaction, our technology has its roots in over two decades of research at MIT's Media Laboratory. Oblong's executive team is dedicated to and passionate about fulfilling our commitment to leading the evolution of human-machine interface and bringing that technology to users everywhere. With headquarters in Los Angeles and offices in Barcelona and Boston, Oblong currently serves Fortune 500 enterprise customers, government agencies, and universities.
Kwin joined Oblong in 2005. His background is in programming, hardware design, and large-scale systems architecture. He earlier served as the founding CTO of AllAfrica.com, one of the web's largest content aggregators. His experience working with and for non-profits included partners ranging from African governments to globally renowned foundations and committees. He holds degrees from the MIT Media Lab and Harvard College.
John leads Oblong's technological vision. His foundational work at the MIT Media Laboratory included innovations in real-time computer graphics systems, large-scale visualization techniques, and the I/O Bulb and Luminous Room systems. He has been science advisor to films including Minority Report, The Hulk (A.Lee), Aeon Flux, and Iron Man. John is also active on several boards and serves as adjunct professor in the USC School of Cinematic Arts. John holds a PhD from the MIT Media Lab.
Mary Ann oversees the company's operations. Previously, she was the head of the European division of Oblong, based in Barcelona. Prior roles include Chief Operating Officer of a Parisian interactive television company, Director of Strategic Planning at Mattel, Executive Producer at Sony Electronic Publishing, and Producer at The Voyager Company. Mary Ann holds an MS from the Media Lab at MIT and graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude from UC Santa Cruz.
With over twenty years of sales leadership experience, Michael leads Oblong's worldwide sales efforts. Prior to Oblong, he was Area VP Sales of the Teradata Aster Center of Innovation (Teradata acquired Aster Data in 2011). Previously he held sales leadership positions at Parametric Technology Corporation, most recently as Divisional VP and General Manager of PTC's Asia Pacific business. Michael holds a BS and MS in Engineering from Virginia Tech.
David leads Oblong’s business development efforts. Prior to Oblong, David served as VP, Creative Director at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Online. At Creative Artists Agency, David specialized in emerging technology for clients including Coca-Cola, Sprint, and Hasbro. Previously, David developed enhanced television programs as a Disney Imagineer and was a design lead with Art Technology Group. He holds degrees from MIT's School of Architecture and the MIT Media Lab.
With over 12 years of international experience in accounting and finance management, Stewart leads Oblong's finance department. Prior to Oblong, he was a senior manager at Deloitte & Touche with in-depth experience in the technology and software industry (both local and foreign). Stewart is a certified Chartered Accountant and holds a Masters in Accounting, Honors in Accounting and Finance and a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Financial Accounting.