The Croquet Advisors

Alan Kay
Mentor, Advisor
Alan is the father of the personal computer. He conceived the Dynabook concept which defined the conceptual basics for laptop and tablet computers and E-books, and is the architect of the modern overlapping windowing graphical user interface (GUI). He also defined the concept of messaging-based object-oriented programming. Alan was one of the original designers of the current Croquet system.

David participated in the early development of TCP/IP (Alan Kay refers to him as the “slash” in TCP “slash” IP) and was the designer of the UDP protocol. He was one of the co-authors of the “end-to-end principle”, which is the basis of the Internet. He is also known for “Reed’s Law”, his assertion that the utility of large networks, particularly social networks, scales exponentially with the size of the network. David was one of the original designers of the current Croquet system.
David P. Reed
Advisor, Croquet Co-creator

Avi Bar-Zeev
Avi has been a pioneer, architect and advisor in AR/VR/MR for 30 years. In 1999, he co-founded the company behind Google Earth and subsequently helped define Second Life’s core technology. Working behind the scenes in the world’s largest tech companies, he helped found and invent HoloLens at Microsoft and he built the first prototypes for what is today called the “AR cloud.”

Jeffrey Smith is an international CEO, investor and time-tested entrepreneur, who has delivered three decades of global P&L leadership in enterprise software, AI, digital imaging and environmental engineering across the US, Europe and Asia. In all of his companies, he has achieved impressive earnings growth through comprehensive organic expansion and strategic M&A, driving 30+ strategic transactions in 13 countries. As a CEO and principal, Jeffrey grew and successfully exited Flight LanData (sold to NASDAQ: KEYW), Gensym (NASDAQ: GNSM), Praim Technologies SpA, and SVI Asia.
Jeffrey Smith
Board Member

Dan Ingalls
Advisor, Co-founder
Dan is a pioneer of object-oriented computer programming and the principal architect, designer and implementer of five generations of Smalltalk environments. He also invented BitBlit, the general-purpose graphical operation that underlies most bitmap graphics systems today, and pop-up menus.

Ken Perlin was founding director of the NYU Media Research Laboratory and also directed the NYU Center for Advanced Technology from 1994 to 2004. Perlin has served as the director of the Future Reality Lab since it was established in 2017. He was the System Architect for computer generated animation at Mathematical Applications Group, Inc. 1979-1984, where he worked on Tron. He has served on the Board of Directors of the New York chapter of ACM SIGGRAPH, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the New York Software Industry Association. His invention of Perlin noise in 1985 has become a standard that is used in both computer graphics and movement.
Ken Perlin

Tony Parisi
Tony Parisi is a metaverse and virtual reality pioneer, serial entrepreneur, investor and musician. He is the co-creator of 3D graphics standards, including VRML, X3D and glTF. Tony is the author of O’Reilly Media’s books on Virtual Reality and WebGL: Learning Virtual Reality (2015), Programming 3D Applications in HTML5 and WebGL (2014), and WebGL Up and Running (2012). Tony has become one of the leading spokespeople for the immersive industry, speaking on industry trends and technology innovations in virtual and augmented reality at numerous industry conferences. He was recently named in Next Reality’s 30 People to Watch in Augmented Reality in 2020. Most recently, Tony was Head of XR Ads and E-Commerce at Unity, where he oversaw strategy and product for the company’s real-time 3D brand advertising and commerce solutions.