Steve Raymond is the CEO of 8i, a volumetric video technology company that creates human holograms for AR and VR experiences. 8i’s mission is to make our interactions more human by enabling everyone to connect to experiences and communicate with each other in the most realistic and immersive way. To date, 8i has teamed up with dozens of partners and personalities, including: NASA, MTV, L’Oreal, Time Inc., Sony Pictures, Hearst Digital Media, American Express, Magic Leap, Verizon go90, Viacom, Pike Electic, Volkswagon, Intel, Buzz Aldrin, Jon Hamm, Fall Out Boy, Shaquille O’Neal, Justin Timberlake and hundreds of others.
Previously, Steve co-founded Big Frame in 2011 to help the biggest YouTube talent grow their presences online, both with their audiences and the many brands with whom they work. Big Frame grew to become the leading talent-management company and Multi-Channel Network (MCN) for premium online video creators; as well as a pioneer in using YouTube native content to launch new media businesses and create branded content for advertisers. The company was acquired by AwesomenessTV, a subsidiary of DreamWorks Animation, in 2014.
Prior to starting Big Frame, Steve was Vice President of Product and Strategy for Comcast Digital Entertainment, where he established and ran their entertainment based vertical ad network with annual sales over $50 million. Steve has been a leader at three successful digital media startups over the past two decades: Relegence, a pioneer in real-time content syndication (sold to AOL); Musicmatch, an early leader in digital music software and services (sold to Yahoo!); and Flux, a social media platform for entertainment-focused brands (sold to MTV Networks). He has also led the business development teams at Yahoo! Music and Yahoo! Entertainment.
Steve has an MBA from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame. He is also a founding partner of Los Angeles Social Venture Partners and serves as a Director of GrowingGreat. He lives in Santa Monica with his wife Jennifer and twin sons Alec and JJ.