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Rony Abovitz (born 1971)[1] is an American entrepreneur. Abovitz founded MAKO Surgical Corp., a company manufacturing surgical robotic arm assistance platforms, in 2004. MAKO was acquired by Stryker Corporation in 2013 for $1.65B.[2]

Abovitz is the founder of the augmented reality company Magic Leap and is currently its CEO[3][4][5]. In October 2014, the startup raised over $540 million of venture funding from Google and other investors[6]. In 2016, Forbes estimated that Magic Leap was worth $4.5 billion.[1]In October 2017, Magic Leap announced the partnership with online comic book publisher Madefire[7][8]. Magic Leap unveiled its first product, the Magic Leap One, on December 20th, 2017[9], that is latest technology in virtual reality[3].

Early life[edit]

Abovitz's father worked in the real estate industry and his mother was an artist[3].

Abovitz states he grew up playing Atari video games, and at the age of 8 he received his first computer which he says was an Apple Macintosh.[10]

After high school, Abovitz aimed to have a career as a scientist.[3]

He attended the University of Miami, where he eventually obtained a master's degree in biomedical engineering[11]. While attending university, he was also a cartoonist[10].

Career[edit]

In 2011, Abovitz founded a virtual reality company called Magic Leap, based in Florida. The company maintains offices in New Zealand, in Los Angeles, Seattle, and Mountain View, California.[10]

In 2017, Abovitz spoke at the Black Tech Week annual conference, where he shared some of his goals for the Magic Leap company.[3]

In February 2018, Abovitz spoke at Recode’s Code Media conference about the augmented reality technology his company was developing.[12].


References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Ewalt, David M. "Inside Magic Leap, The Secretive $4.5 Billion Startup Changing Computing Forever". Forbes. Retrieved 2016-11-03. 
  2. ^ "Stryker Corp. completes acquisition of MAKO Surgical Corp". MLive.com. Retrieved 2018-06-07. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Berman, Nat (2017). "BusinessRony Abovitz: 10 Things You Didn't Know about Magic Leap's CEO". Moneyinc. Retrieved 21 February 2018. 
  4. ^ Roose, Kevin (21 October 2014). "Google Just Invested Millions of Dollars in a Very Eccentric Man". New York Magazine. Retrieved 7 March 2015. 
  5. ^ Lapowsky, Issie (24 February 2015). "Magic Leap CEO Teases 'Golden Tickets' for Its Augmented-Reality Device". Wired. Retrieved 7 March 2015. 
  6. ^ David Gelles and Michael J. de la Merced (October 21, 2014). "Google Invests Heavily in Magic Leap's Effort to Blend Illusion and Reality". New York Times. 
  7. ^ "Magic Leap Unveils Mixed Reality Comics in Partnership with Madefire". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2017-10-10. 
  8. ^ "Magic Leap will get Madefire mixed reality comics on launch day | Today Latest News World". news.hgd.hu. Retrieved 2017-10-10. 
  9. ^ Eadicicco, Lisa. "Magic Leap's CEO On His 'Experiential Computer' That Blends Tech and Reality". Time. Retrieved 28 December 2017. 
  10. ^ a b c Hempel, Jessi (21 April 2015). "The Man Behind the Hidden World of Magic Leap". Wired. Retrieved 21 February 2018. 
  11. ^ D'Onfro, Jillian (1 January 2015). "Google's $500 Million Man: Meet The 'Weird' Guy Trying To Invent A New Computing Platform". Business Insider. Retrieved 7 March 2015. 
  12. ^ Kafka, Peter (25 January 2018). "Magic Leap CEO Rony Abovitz is coming to Code Media". Recode. Retrieved 21 February 2018. 


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