Jake Rubin | Founder & CEO
Jake has spent the past decade envisioning the full-body human-computer interface system that would become AxonVR. Four years ago, he brought this vision to Dr. Bob Crockett, and together they developed the AxonVR platform. Jake is an innovative software and system architect and a lifelong gamer with a deep passion for virtual reality. Prior to AxonVR, Jake attended Washington University in St. Louis on an entrepreneurial scholarship. Ironically, he left after one semester to build his first entrepreneurial venture.
Dr. Robert "Bob" Crockett | Co-founder & Lead Engineer
Dr. Bob co-founded AxonVR with Jake Rubin, and guides hardware development. He is Professor and Chair of the Biomedical Engineering Department at Cal Poly, and the founder of Proof of Concept, an engineering firm that provides R&D and prototyping services to early-stage tech companies. Bob specializes in advanced materials and manufacturing, and has over 20 years of systems engineering and technology development experience. Bob earned an undergraduate mechanical engineering degree from UC Berkeley, an MBA from Pepperdine, and a PhD in Materials Science & Engineering from the University of Arizona.
Mark Kroese | President
Mark leads AxonVR’s business and operations, and drives the company’s go-to-market and long-range planning efforts. He brings twenty years of experience from Microsoft, where he helped build Office and Xbox LIVE into multibillion-dollar businesses. With two startups under his belt, Mark brings a wealth of experience to the team. An avid mountaineer, Mark also served as Board President of the American Alpine Club and penned a book on the best climbs in North America. Mark earned his degree in Business and Communications from the University of Washington, and is an Advanced Leadership Fellow at Harvard University.
Joe Michaels | Chief Revenue Officer
Joe leads business development and sales for AxonVR. He has over 15 years of experience building global strategic partnerships with major media and technology companies. Prior to AxonVR, he led business development at Microsoft’s MSN division, where he negotiated and managed deals with the sports, media, and entertainment industries. Before Microsoft, Joe co-founded Nexchange Corporation, an e-commerce startup that raised over $16 million in funding and received five U.S. patents. Joe earned an undergraduate degree from Georgetown University and an MBA from The Wharton School.
Alicia Evans | Chief Financial Officer
Alicia is responsible for AxonVR’s financial strategy and operations. She is a versatile leader with 25 years of experience covering all areas of financial and accounting management. Alicia started her career at Deloitte & Touche and has since held a broad range of Controller, VP of Finance, and CFO positions in public and private sector companies. She has a proven track record of managing fast-growth startups in high tech. Alicia earned her degree in Accounting from the school of Business Administration at the University of Washington in Seattle.