About

VRTL FOUNDERS
 
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SUNNY DHILLON
 
Sunny Dhillon is a founder and partner at Signia Ventures, an early stage, $85m VC fund in the Bay Area. He invests in computer vision, virtual/augmented reality, autonomous vehicles, consumer mobile tech, and media. He was the largest seed investor in Cruise Automation which exited to GM for $1bn+ in 2016. He’s invested in 3 VR companies (8i, Eonite, & a stealth co.) and is an advisor to UploadVR and TheWaveVR. 
 
Sunny is a regular VR / AR industry speaker and thought leader, having been featured on Bloomberg Television, and in VentureBeat, Forbes, TechCrunch, ReCode, and others. In the last year alone (’15-’16), Sunny has been an industry speaker at the White House, United Nations, Zurich Film Festival, Tokyo CEDEC gaming conference, Beijing Global Innovator VR Conference, London’s AR/VR World, and Istanbul Webrazzi Conference, among over 50 other VR/AR events. He regularly presents research and thoughts on how VR/AR will disrupt incumbent industries and works closely with startups raising seed capital in the space, seeing over 100 prospective VR/AR investment opportunities per month. Sunny’s fund, Signia, will make between 5-8 investments per year, investing between $500k and $3m for an initial investment. 
 
ned_bioNED SHERMAN
 

Ned Sherman is an entrepreneur, media executive and attorney. He is Co-Founder and Chairman of Digital Media Wire, where he heads operations, business development, and strategy for the company’s publications and event properties including Digital Entertainment World (an IDG World Expo joint venture), New York Media Festival, Live Streaming Conference (a partnership with The NAB Show), LA Games Conference and the Digital Media Wire, Rights Tech and Digital Music Insider newsletters. He is creator and chair of the DEW Startup Competition, a partnership with Rackspace and IDG Ventures, which has awarded over $900,000 in cash and prizes to startups throughout the world.

As an experienced advisor and consultant, he has advised leading entertainment and tech brands including Billboard, Variety, NAB and CES, SoCal’s most active venture capital firm and governments including Canada, Luxembourg and Hong Kong. He has a particular expertise in managing and executing global ventures and has a keen understanding of risk analysis. Global work includes securing and negotiating deals with Warner Music and LEVI Strauss for a global celebrity and working with Universal Studios on distribution of motion picture and television products in the international free and basic cable television marketplace in Japan and Singapore. According to the Wall Street Journal, “Ned Sherman is more than the average pundit: He is an attorney and has an inside grasp of what is happening.” 
 
VRTL SUMMIT PRODUCTION PARTNER
Digital Media Wire is a media company that provides events, publications and strategic consulting for digital media brands. The company owns and produces industry conferences, publishes daily newsletters and operates the Digital Media Wire and RightsTech Project news and community portals. DMW’s event portfolio includes: Digital Entertainment WorldNY Media FestivalRightsTech Summit and LA Games Conference. Participants include entrepreneurs and senior decision-makers at leading media, entertainment and technology companies, investors, advertisers, educators, policy-makers and legal professionals. DMW has one of the largest and most engaged and senior-level communities in the digital media industry.