Raven Zachary is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) at ARound, focused on augmented reality experiences for live events. He has been working professionally with spatial computing since 2015 and Apple technology since 2007. In addition to his work concerning Apple Vision Pro and visionOS with AWE for the Vision Workshop and as the co-founder of VisionDevCamp, he was the co-founder of the Portland Virtual Reality Meetup and the founder of the Portland HoloLens Meetup.
Raven joins ARound through Stagwell’s acquisition of Object Theory, a leader in creating custom augmented reality applications for businesses using wearables, smartphones, and tablets. Object Theory was a Fast Company “Most Innovative Virtual/Augmented Reality Companies” recipient and one of the first Microsoft agency partners for HoloLens. Clients included Microsoft, Stryker, L'Oreal, Zimmer Biomet, BP, Steelcase, CDM Smith, Kodak, Ford, and others.
Prior to founding Object Theory, Raven spent eight years in the mobile app industry. In 2007, he was the founder of iPhoneDevCamp, the largest iOS development conference outside of Apple’s own Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). The following year, Raven was the director of the official Obama ’08 iPhone app for the Obama Campaign, which led to the formation of Small Society, a mobile application development company. He was responsible for launching mobile apps for Starbucks, Zipcar, Whole Foods Market, the Democratic Party, Amazon, and many other well-known brands. In 2012, he sold Small Society to Walmart, where he directed the mobile product management team, launching a dozen mobile apps and sites for the world’s largest company.