(The original title: the valuation of 4.5 billion US dollars AR products not out, the internal first out of the dispute)
As of February this year, this has never been announced augmented reality products Magic Leap start-up companies to take more than 10 billion investment, valued at 4.5 billion US dollars. But it is not busy with new products, but to deal with internal disputes.
Recently, Adrian Kaehler, vice president of technology for Robotics Special Projects, and Gary Bradski, senior vice president of technology at the time, directly under his boss, filed a counterclaim that Magic Leap illegally terminated the contract and deprived them of options worth millions of dollars.
In May this year, Kaehler and Bradski have been dismissed by Magic Leap, but also to steal commercial secrets charges.
In the indictment filed with the California District Court, Magic Leap said Bradski had instigated Kaehler to steal company secrets for the past year. The two also secretly set up a new robot company, but with Magic Leap during the work of the prototype products and related technologies in the show, in order to attract developers, investors and partners.
The company is also attracting former Magic Leap colleagues on the West Coast, stakeholders, and even third-party partners.
In a counterclaim, Kaehler also admitted that he had written some sensitive information that had not yet been made public by the Magic Leap in encrypted physical notes.
In this dispute, as evidence of the e-mail to let Magic Leap exposed more problems.
Last August, Bradski wrote to Kaehler’s e-mail on Tucao CEO Rony Abovitz, and Jobs, as he had an advanced idea. But the idea is exhausting and headache, rather than full of fighting spirit.
In addition to Bradski’s bad mouth, CEO, headquarters and branch of the friction between the Magic Leap also experienced a lot of brain drain.
Unlike most technology start-ups, Magic Leap is headquartered in Plantation, Fla., 5,000 kilometers from the West Coast. In addition to the CEO of Florida, few developers are willing to work here.
Magic Leap Gary Bradski, is to set up the R & D team in California, is mainly responsible for calculating the depth of learning algorithms. But in the written testimony, Bradski mentioned, Magic Leap in the depth of neural network algorithm is difficult to recruit top talent. They all want to work in New York or Silicon Valley, not in Florida. Many engineers and he talked about, have gone to the Google Brain project.
In addition to geographical location, Magic Leap headquarters and branch offices are also far from collaboration. According to Bradski, until the day he left, the technology-oriented branch did not get a sufficient number of helmet prototypes to do the algorithm tests.
In a private message to investors, Bradski also complained that as a technical director, he himself had to persuade employees not to leave, or even directly to the options cashed. They eventually left.
In November, California’s Depth Learning Algorithm team was losing talent, and CEO Rony Abovitz sent Bradski to Seattle for a new team called N + 1.
The project in addition to responsible for the film-related augmented reality projects, visual algorithms, there are a bunch of external publicity, patent applications and the like. No wonder Bradski felt relegated.
Lawsuit is not over, Magic Leap office in Seattle, one after another began, but the front of the Logo is not yet put up the company’s name. And here live Vavle and Microsoft HoloLens game planning and engineers.
The team leader was replaced by science fiction author Neal Stephenson, who is the Chief Science Offcer.
In addition to this one drilled from the floor of a whale prototype renderings, most people still have not seen the company’s equipment.
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