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High Fidelity is an open-source, social virtual reality platform. It’s currently in open Beta. Anyone can use High Fidelity, from students, artists, and VR enthusiasts, to business owners and educators and more. Users can build complex interactive VR experiences and share them with others.

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TAGLINE

Open source social VR for the world

ABOUT US

Philip Rosedale, Freidrica Heiberger, and Ryan Karpf founded High Fidelity in 2013. Our office is located in San Francisco, US. High Fidelity is currently in open Beta.

By early 2017, High Fidelity raised $40m in several investment rounds. Out investors include Google Ventures, True Ventures, Kapor Capital, HTC, Linden Lab, Vulcan Capital, IDG Capital Partners, and Breyer Capital.

MISSION

High Fidelity is an open source, decentralized solution for social VR, enabling users around the world to come together to experience the impossible in virtual reality.

LEADERSHIP

CEO

Philip Rosedale
(Co-founder)

Philip Rosedale is the CEO and co-founder of High Fidelity, Inc. Prior to High Fidelity, Rosedale created the virtual civilization, Second Life, populated by one million active users generating $700m in annual transaction volumes. In addition to numerous technology inventions (including the video conferencing product called FreeVue, acquired by RealNetworks in 1996 where Rosedale later served as CTO), Rosedale has also worked on experiments in distributed work and computing.

CFO

Freidrica Heiberger,
(Co-founder)

Irena Freidrica Heiberger is the CFO at High Fidelity. Freidrica has operated businesses in the US and international markets for over 20 years. Freidrica bring expertise in financial planning and accountancy to High Fidelity, having worked as COO at CIBT and as a managing director at Accenture. In her previous positions, she has overseen the successful acquisition and integration of 14 companies.

Chief Product Officer

Ryan Downe Karpf
(Co-founder)

Ryan Karpf is Chief Product Officer at High Fidelity. Prior to working at High Fidelity, Ryan was co-founder at two San Francisco start-ups (Coffee & Power and below92). He has 9 years of experience working virtual worlds at LindenLab, the maker of Second Life, where he managed content and project management before becoming the company’s Chief of Staff. Before joining LindenLab, Ryan was a professional recording artist for 4 years with Island Records.

COO

Thomas Schofield

Tom Schofield is the COO at High Fidelity. Tom has 20 years of experience in enterprise and digital entertainment software development. Tom joined High Fidelity from SEGA Networks where he worked in product management and financial planning on mobile game titles after his former employer, Three Rings, was acquired. While at Three Rings, Tom worked on some of the first Western free-to-play games with in-world currencies, including one of the first free-to-play games to launch on the Steam game service.

CTO

Bradley Hefta-Gaub

Brad Hefta-Gaub is the CTO at High Fidelity. Brad brings 29 years of software development expertise to this role. As one of the earliest employees at RealNetworks he was instrumental in the development of realtime streaming audio and video over the internet. As CTO and SVP Engineering at Revenue Science he lead the team that pioneered behavioral targeting advertising. He holds a number of patents in the area of online media networks, digital rights management, and online advertising. He received a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Washington.

Quick Facts

Currently in open Beta

Available on Steam

Open source, with a GitHub repository

“By combining natural interfaces and lifelike interaction, virtual reality and motion controllers have the potential to profoundly disrupt human communication, joining the ranks of precedents like the internet and the smart phone.”

Philip RosedaleFounder of High Fidelity

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12/5/2017
High Fidelity launches Avatar Island with blockchain-based digital economy
VentureBeat
11/10/2017
High Fidelity Partner With DigitalOcean for VR Server Solution
VRfocus
10/17/2017
Blockchain Will Be the Foundation of Trust in the Metaverse
Singularity Hub
09/07/2017
Second Life Creator Uses Blockchain Tech to Enhance New VR Gaming Experience
Bitcoin Magazine
08/04/2017
High Fidelity Adds Vive Tracker Support For Realistic Avatar Motion
Tom's Hardware
06/07/2017
VR Avatar Creation Goes High Fidelity
VRfocus
01/30/2017
Beyond Second Life: Philip Rosedale's Gutsy Plan for a New Virtual-Reality Empire
IEEE SPECTRUM
11/22/2016
Social VR: Who Is Going to Get It Right First?
UploadVR
11/18/2016
VR will allow us to live in another world of our own design
WIRED UK
11/4/2016
Philip Rosedale explores his High Fidelity VR world onstage at WIRED2016
WIRED UK
11/3/2016
Morph 3D launches customizable 3D-animated avatars for virtual reality
VentureBeat
11/2/2016
How VR and the CD-ROM have more in common than you might think
WIRED UK
10/24/2016
Second Life was just the beginning. Philip Rosedale is back and he's delving into VR
WIRED UK
6/7/2016
Building the Metaverse on Internet-Scale with High Fidelity
Voices of VR Podcast
6/7/2016
How Storytellers Are Socializing Virtual Reality To Crowdsource Content
Social Media Week
5/16/2016
Virtual Reality Companies Create New Social Places
The Mercury News
5/7/2016
Going to Work in VR Will Actually Be Pretty Great—We Swear
WIRED
2/26/2016
How Can Virtual Reality Plug In to Social Media?
SciFri
12/29/2015
6 Ways Virtual Reality Will Shape Up in 2016
VentureBeat
10/28/2015
Second Life pioneer Philip Rosedale shows off virtual toy room in High Fidelity
VentureBeat
9/29/2015
High Fidelity Uses SMI HMD Eye Tracking to Create Life-like VR Avatars
Hypergrid Business
9/27/2015
The Man Who Created Second Life Thinks We Can Make an Earth-Sized Virtual World
Nautilus
9/18/2015
Why Build A Virtual World?
TED radio
8/27/2015
Philip Rosedale on the Future of Virtual Worlds on This Week’s Ask an Expert
Singularity Hub
7/31/2015
Welcome to the Metaverse
Re/code
7/22/2015
Philip Rosedale on creating the metaverse by linking virtual worlds together with High Fidelity
Voices of VR Podcast
6/1/2015
The Quest to Put More Reality in Virtual Reality
MIT Technology Review
5/8/2015
Virtual reality startups take users to another dimension
CCTV America
2/26/2015
High Fidelity Raises $11M To Build Deployable Virtual Worlds
TechCrunch
11/18/2014
The gap between virtual reality and sci-fi is shortening
GigaOm
8/28/2014
Philip Rosedale to keynote OpenSim conference
Hyper Grid Business
8/22/2014
Exponential Finance: Living In A Virtual World
Serious Wonder
6/16/2014
Philip Rosedale on High Fidelity, virtual body language, telepresence, 3D audio, distributed computing, Voxels, cryptocurrencies & the future of the Metaverse
Voices of VR Podcast
6/13/2014
How High Fidelity will make money while giving away software
Hyper Grid Business
6/11/2014
Avatars make online conferencing easy
CNBC
5/20/2014
Second Life creator's next challenge: pairing rich interaction with VR
Polygon
5/20/2014
Philip Rosedale Addresses Silicon Valley VR, Demos High Fidelity
Creative Shed
5/19/2014
Inside High Fidelity, the virtual reality successor to 'Second Life'
The Verge
5/19/2014
SVVR Con: Keynote Talk by Philip Rosedale, CEO High Fidelity - LiveStream @ 2pm PDT
RoadtoVR
5/5/2014
Why Virtual Reality Will Compete with the Real World
MIT Technology Review
4/25/2014
Creepily Realistic Avatars Are Giving 'Second Life' a Second Life
Vice News
4/24/2014
Second Life 2.0: Virtual world recreates the real you
New Scientist
12/27/2013
Making Virtual Reality Less Virtual
The Atlantic
11/20/2013
Professional Spotlight: Philip Rosedale at SIGGRAPH ASIA 2013 Part 1
Animated World Network Television
11/13/2013
Google funds creation of secretive avatar-style Virtual Reality
InfoWars
11/12/2013
Second Life Founder, Philip Rosedale, is Quietly Creating a Next-Generation Virtual World
Singularity Hub
8/21/2013
Triangulation 116: Philip Rosedale
This Week in Tech
6/4/2013
Philip Rosedale's Second Life with High Fidelity
CNET
5/20/2013
Second Life Founder's New Virtual World Uses Body-Tracking Hardware
MIT Technology Review
4/19/2013
True Ventures Confirms Investment In Second Life Founder Philip Rosedale's New Startup High Fidelity
TechCrunch
4/5/2013
Second Life Founder Philip Rosedale Raises $2.4 Million For New Startup, High Fidelity
Pulse 2.0

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Jun 2017

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April 2016

High Fidelity Launches Beta of Sandbox

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