The Oculus Mafia

May 29, 2024

Oculus is a prominent company in the virtual reality (VR) industry, best known for developing advanced Meta VR hardware and software. Founded in 2012 by Palmer Luckey, Brendan Iribe, Michael Antonov, and Nate Mitchell, Oculus quickly gained attention with its groundbreaking Oculus Rift headset. This VR device offered an immersive experience with high-resolution displays and precise motion tracking, setting a new standard for VR technology.

In 2014, Oculus was acquired by Facebook (now Meta Platforms, Inc.) for approximately $2 billion, solidifying its position as a leader in the VR space. Post-acquisition, Oculus expanded its product lineup to include the Oculus Go, Oculus Quest, and Oculus Quest 2, offering users wireless and more accessible VR experiences.

Oculus Founder

The Oculus Mafia

The Oculus Mafia has founded 22 companies and raised $2.4 billion.

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List of all the amazing companies covered:Β 

  • Anduril Industries
  • Mountaintop
  • Framework
  • Bad Robot Games
  • Sprinter Health
  • Memfault
  • Cleanlab
  • Deep Origin
  • Impulse
  • Mason
  • Β Bezi

Anduril Industries

Founder: Palmer Luckey

‍Money raised: $2.2B

Oculus Role: Founder

Anduril is a defense products company. Unlike most defense companies, Anduril doesn’t wait for customers to tell them what they need. They identify problems, privately fund R&D, and sell finished products off the shelf.



Founder: Nate Mitchell, Matt Hansen

‍Money raised: $86M

Oculus Role: Co-Founder, Head of Rift, Executive Producer

Mountaintop is an independent, remote-first studio based in the Americas. A new independent studio building games that bring players together through unforgettable challenges. From veterans of Respawn, Epic, Riot, Bungie, Blizzard, and more.



Founder: Nirav Patel

‍Money raised: $44M

Oculus Role: Β Engineer

Framework designs high-performance, repairable, upgradeable consumer electronics products that are designed to last.


Bad Robot Games

Founder: Anna Sweet

‍Money raised: $40M

Oculus Role: Head of Content and Developer Strategy

Bad Robot Games is passionate about telling stories and building worlds that can only be experienced through games.


Sprinter Health

Founder: Max Cohen, Cameron Behar

‍Money raised: $37.6M

Oculus Role: VP of Mobile

Sprinter Health is a mobile health company that leverages technology and a fully-employed clinician workforce to reimagine in-home healthcare delivery.



Founder: François Baldassari

‍Money raised: $35.2M

Oculus Role: Embedded Software and FPGA Manager

Memfault is the first IoT reliability platform that empowers teams to build more robust devices with software at scale.



Founder: Curtis Northcutt

‍Money raised: $30M

Oculus Role: Visiting Research Scientist

Cleanlab automates data error detection and correction to help companies improve the quality of their datasets.


Deep Origin

Founder: Michael Antonov

‍Money raised: $29M

Oculus Role: Chief Software Architect

Deep Origin is a biotechnology company that offers a platform for life sciences R&D.



Founder: Sam D'Amico

‍Money raised: $25M

Oculus Role: Engineer

Impulse is a climate tech company building state-of-the-art home appliances that deliver premium performance, all while paving the way for a clean energy future.



Founder: Nancy Xiao

‍Money raised: $25.1M

Oculus Role: Product Manager

Mason helps enterprises collect mission-critical data with solutions for clinical trials (patient diary and clinician tablet), medical device companies (data gateway), retail security, and more.



Founder: Julian Park, Cecilia Uhr, Denys Bastov

‍Money raised: $13M

Oculus Role: Software Lead, Senior Product Designer, VR Design Prototyper

Bezi is a collaborative spatial design platform that revolutionizes the 3D design workflow. Create 3D apps and games faster together with advanced prototyping, generative AI, and developer handoff.



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