Mok Oh founded EveryScape back in 2002. The company creates visual replicas of your business premise which are fully explorable, it is essentially the Google street view but for inside your bar, restaurant, hotel, shop and so on. This allow for these businesses to give customers to give a feel of the premises and the atmosphere of their business. Visuals impact hugely, positively and negatively, on our perception of a place and ultimately help us make decisions.
The young entrepreneur started the data visualization company, EveryScape, straight after graduation from MIT with a Ph.D in computer graphics design and computation. He used his knowledge and skills in that area help make one of his many ideas come alive.
The company has since raised $17million to date from various VC's including Dace Ventures, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Draper Fisher New England, Draper Atlantic and LaunchPad Venture Group, and strategic investor SK Telecom. The company generates revenue streams across a multitude of various markets such as travel, local search and mobile.
Mok left the company earlier this year citing “I consider myself a fairly creative person. The company has come to the point where it’s fairly mature in terms of the team and the market. We really need to push forward - and we’re so close to it as well,” adding Oh said. “I’ve been there eight years and eight months. Considering myself an entrepreneurial, startup kind of guy, sitting around that long with a company does not make any sense.”
The entrepreneur wanted to start up another company, but soon after leaving EveryScape joined a startup called Where, after offering him an offer he couldn't refuse. By April where had been bought out by eBay for a staggering $135million. Where sits under eBay’s PayPal business unit. At the time, a PayPal executive said that eBay had chosen to acquire Where “because of the people.” Including Mr Oh who's current job title is Chief Scientist for Paypal, no less. Although I wonder for how long the entrepreneurial spirit can only be locked a way for so long and with the expertise and ideas that Mok has no doubt we will see him with a second startup in the near future.