Back in July of last year, Lytro founder Ren Ng announced he would step down as CEO of the company, and get back to innovation, technology and strategic direction in the position of Executive Chairman. Until Lytro could find a new Chief Executive Officer, former EC Charles Chi kept the spot warm as an interim CEO.
In an interview, Chi said that Lytro wasn’t looking for a lead engineer or a head marketer, as it feels it is well-stocked in both regards.
“What we are looking for is somebody who has some experience in developing transformational businesses,” he told AllThingsD. “That’s what Lytro is in the midst of — getting a new idea adopted across a mature marketplace.”
Lytro is a young company that is reaching for the stars. What started as Ren Ng‘s PhD project, quickly turned into a four-person company, and in just a few years developed into a company of 100+ employees and over 50 million dollars in venture capital.
Technology Review, published by MIT, has named Lytro founder and Executive Chairman Ren Ng “Entrepreneur of the Year 2012″. Ng was selected from 250 nominee innovators under the age of 35. Congratulations!
Ren will be profiled in Technology Review in the magazine’s September/October issue, and will be presenting his innovation at the Emerging Technologies MIT 2012 conference (October 24-26).
In a recent blog post, Ren Ng announced his stepping aside as CEO of Lytro, the company he founded. Ng turned the LightField expertise he obtained during his PhD into a successful startup, the first goal of which was to raise money and create a new consumer market branch.
After 6 years of leading Lytro as CEO, raising approximately 50 Million Dollars, developing a company of over 80 employees and bringing the world’s first consumer LightField camera to the market, Ng decided to focus again on product vision, technology and strategic direction, taking the position of Executive Chairman. Continue reading →
Lytro CEO Ren Ng recently gave a presentation at TEDxSanJoseCA 2012. He talked about the history of photography (all the way back to 1839 and Louis Daguerre), the first steps in LightField Photography (“a room full of cameras”), and the development and functioning of the Lytro LightField camera. After he showed off some of his favourite LightField pictures out there, and finally demoed future software features such as perspective shift/parallax, all in focus (set to be released “this year”) and continuous focus.