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We create experiences that bring your brand to life in virtual reality. Contact us for all of your VR and 360 video needs.
We create truly cutting edge websites and applications.
The digital world is an exciting and constantly evolving marketplace. We live and breathe the emerging web and can help you make solid data driven decisions for your content strategy.
Responsive, fresh, clean and contemporary. We stay up to date on the latest trends to define the best look and feel to effectively communicate with your target audience.
With 25 years of consumer product development experience, we are world class engineers with both in house development and a highly specialized network.
As CTO of NASA I was charged with finding creative ways to connect the online public with our missions. The 8ninths team think like the most creative of marketers and execute like the most seasoned engineers.
A digital creative agency located in Seattle, WA. We create augmented reality and virtual reality experiences and high-end custom web sites and applications.
Passionate, smart, and dedicated to excellence; we are a ten person team of Creative Technologists. Meet the founders:
As an individual with an insatiable curiosity and a knack for truly creative problem solving, Adam began his career as a developer at IBM’s Hursley Park Research Laboratory in his native homeland of the United Kingdom. In 1995 he joined a small Silicon Valley based start-up named Intersé Corporation, shortly to become Microsoft’s 16th acquisition following Hotmail.
With a passion to shape the emerging internet, Sheppard joined the newly formed MSN with Product & Program Management leadership roles for Hotmail, MSN Mobile, MSN Auto’s, MSN.COM & MSN Spaces and over 10 patent filings.
As technical consultant for the MSN Branded Entertainment and Experiences Team (BEET), Sheppard was charged with finding the ‘secret sauce’ that would exceed an advertisers expectations, delight consumers and show what could be done on the web to meet a brand’s objectives. He actively participated in pitches to Fortune 500 CMO’s and CTO’s gaining unique insights into their businesses and customers.
Until September 2008 Sheppard worked in Former Microsoft CTO, Ray Ozzies’ team as Director of Strategic Business Development for Microsoft Live Labs building external partnerships and driving revenue through licensing programs.
As a founding member of the Lab, he was responsible for establishing the Live Labs brand, identifying, evaluating, and proposing new concepts and opportunities, strategic and tactical product planning, and formulating innovative Go-To-Market strategies for the most cutting edge technology at Microsoft including the revolutionary ‘Photosynth‘, heralded at launch as ‘Demo of the year’.
In September 2008, Sheppard left Microsoft to co-found ‘8ninths’ with long time colleague and friend, William Lai. Focused on incubating new consumer technology businesses and helping marketers reach audiences online, the duo conceive, fund and build innovative web and mobile services.
When not in front of a computer, Adam is behind a camera focussing on conceptual, street photography and fine arts.
William Lai is a multi-disciplinarian with a firm belief in effecting positive changes thru creative use of technology.
He wrote his first computer program at a department store computer kiosk, printing obscene messages in an infinite loop, ranting against ‘The Man’.
William started his professional software career working with the Pentagon & intelligence community. In 1994 he joined Microsoft to enable touch interfaces for computer peripherals such as printers, copiers, and fax machines.
A pioneer in the development of instant messaging, William led the development team that was nominated as a “Legendary Development Team of Microsoft” releasing MSN Messenger. He grew the service to become a cornerstone of the Microsoft web offerings. Ten years later, the technological infrastructure he invented is still being used to connect 350+ million people around the world.
Believing that the free IM movement should make money too, he started up a monetization follow-up to Messenger, called Microsoft Alerts, that leverage the untapped asset of the hundreds of millions of IM users. Partners such as eBay, Citibank, ESPN, and MSNBC sent billions of customer care messages using Alerts in a very cost effective way.
William participates in his community as a City of Bellevue Planning Commissioner, and volunteering at Literacy Bridge to help eradicate illiteracy around the world.
In life, William believes in: the creative freedom to experiment; the insatiable need to create; and the never-ending need to simplify, simplify, simplify.