Random Things To Know
- Gartner Inc. says we’re a 2015 “Cool Vendor” for how we help companies improve digital marketing and e-commerce.
- Our customers include some of the world’s most prominent team and sports apparel brands.
- Customize 9 parts of a shoe in our demo app with 1 of 14 colors. The possibilities: 3D images of each possible combination, all 20,661,046,784. Not including additional angles.
- CIOReview magazine ranks Embodee as one of the most promising technology solution providers serving the U.S. apparel and textile industry.
- Embodee is occasionally mispronounced em-BODE-ee. Not that you’ll be tested, but the correct way is em-BOD-y.
The need was simple but not the solution: how could shoppers buy jeans online with confidence they would fit and help to reduce return rates? The question loomed as both opportunity and challenge, and together they were the catalyst for André, our CEO and chief technology officer, to found Embodee in 2008. Starting a company to create visualization technology, initially for the apparel industry, was a logical step given his background and expertise.
It also was a chance to lead an entrepreneurial venture on his own after a long career at large companies, mainly Intel. André founded Embodee after his tenure as CEO of the U.S. subsidiary of Mental Images, Inc., a company now part of NVIDIA and specializing in image rendering and 3D modeling for the entertainment, computer-aided design, and scientific visualization industries.
While at Intel, André had a diverse 20-year career, working as a microprocessor architect and ultimately as a general manager and director of Intel Capital, the company’s venture venture capital and new business incubation arm. André was co-architect of Intel’s first superscalar microprocessor, co-founder and leader of its MMX and AGP technologies, general manager of its first tablet product, and helped to close a $5.2 billion joint venture to supply Apple with memory.
André has a B.S.C.S from Portland State University and holds patents in microprocessor design, apparel digitization methods, and garment fit portrayal systems.
His most recent venture was adventure on the high seas: a trans-Atlantic sailing journey following Christopher Columbus' route with four companions. When on land he trains what he calls a small herd of Stuttgart ponies, a euphemism for his high horsepower, customized car.
Ben is our vice president of product and technology operations. But the title doesn’t convey his career-long passion---and what he’s helping Embodee excel at: creating virtual product experiences. That passion was evident fresh out of the University of Kansas. After earning a B.A. in business and computer science, he moved to New York to work for noted magazine publisher CondeNast. He helped the company develop innovative online brands: style.com, epicurious.com, and brides.com.
While Ben’s work on brides.com was professionally rewarding, personally it was a life changer: he met and later married a young woman who was also working at the company, Michaele.
A self-described Midwestern guy with Midwestern sensibilities and work ethic, Ben joined the Embodee team after a decade with RG/A, an international agency known for its innovation in technology, design, and marketing.
For seven of his 10 years with R/GA, Ben was a developer and technical lead for the Nike account. His projects included the company’s flagship ecommerce site, NikeStore, the mobile version of NikeiD, and NikeTeamSports. These sites enable consumers to customize athletic footwear and team uniforms in real time. He was also a developer and architect of Nike+, the online community for runners and other athletes that was ahead of it’s time and helped kick off the IoT (Internet of Things) movement.
For Embodee, Ben works with existing and new customers in implementing our technology to best meet their needs and works closely with CEO André Wolper in defining the company’s long-term product roadmap.
Ben is based in Kansas City, Kansas, where he and Michaele are raising two young sons. In his meager spare time, he likes to run, cook, and prove that “I still have a little bit of basketball in me.”
Brent, head of digital production, is responsible for all aspects of garment digitization, from procuring the physical products to delivering them in 3D virtual form. He works directly with our customers and the company’s production team to ensure quality and on-time delivery.
Brent has more than 15 years experience as an art director and graphic designer working with sports apparel companies.
He also has extensive experience in apparel design and embellishment, as well as deep knowledge of apparel photography for retail use.
Outside of work, Brent enjoys family life, plays hockey, and maintains the PortlandCreativeList, a directory that connects businesses with the city’s many creative professionals.
Aug. 7, 2015
Digital Technology Innovator Joins the Embodee Team
We’re excited to announce that a technologist integral to development of award-winning virtual product experiences for major companies has joined the Embodee team. More
May 28, 2015
Embodee Corp. Named a ‘Cool Vendor’ in Consumer Goods Manufacturing, 2015
Gartner Inc., a global leader in information technology research and consulting, has recognized Embodee and three other firms for innovative approaches helping consumer goods companies improve digital marketing and e-commerce. More
Feb 5, 2015
Embodee CTO to Receive Academy Award for Technical Achievement
Embodee Corp.’s chief technology officer, George Borshukov, will receive an Academy Award for technical achievement at a presentation dinner on February 7 in Beverly Hills, California. He and two former colleagues are being honored for their pioneering work in creating realistic virtual human faces of actors. More
Jan. 14, 2015
Magazine: Embodee Corp. Among Top Technology Solution Providers
CIOReview magazine has named Embodee Corp. one of 2014's most promising technology solution providers serving the U.S. textile and apparel industry. The magazine features Embodee among 20 companies in a special January edition focusing on the industry. More