TORONTO - July 27, 2020 - Toronto based XR company Dark Slope, today announces its new leadership team to support the company’s pivot toward immersive learning. The announcement follows the confirmation of the closing of a bridge funding round with multiple investors including existing Dark Slope investor Radical Ventures. This bridge round positions the company for growth in the quickly evolving immersive learning space.
Serial entrepreneur and Dark Slope co-founder Raja Khanna has stepped into the role of CEO driving the overall growth of Dark Slope and its entry into immersive learning. Most recently Raja was the CEO of Television & Digital at Blue Ant Media, a global content and media company. Prior to Blue Ant Media, Raja was the co-founder of technology company QuickPlay Media, acquired by AT&T in 2016.
“With Dark Slope we founded a company designed to be at the forefront of the spatial computing revolution. People learn best by doing, and our immersive learning technology and content enables ‘learning by doing’ for workforces at scale. Immersive learning will revolutionize how we train for high-risk jobs in the healthcare and safety fields, and how we most effectively arm our workforces with critical skills best learned through practice” Raja Khanna, CEO, Dark Slope.
Kavi Maharajh joins the team as Chief Product Officer responsible for the building of Involve XR, Dark Slope’s immersive learning platform, set to enable the future of learning. Kavi brings with him a wealth of experience having previously been a founding member of QuickPlay Media, former VP at AT&T and former SVP at Full Screen Media. Dark Slope executive Eyal Kleiner will step into the role of SVP Strategy and Business Development, working to establish partnerships across Dark Slope’s primary learning verticals of health and safety, field operations and enterprise sales.
Dark Slope’s virtual production and gaming division will continue to operate under the Dark Slope Studios banner, with Dan Fill assuming the role of President. CJ Hervey, assumes the new role of Chief Content Officer, working across Dark Slope and Dark Slope Studios bringing his expertise to, Involve XR’s training modules - the core of Dark Slope’s immersive learning platform and ongoing entertainment projects on the studio side. Ben Unsworth continues as the company’s Chief Technology Officer.
In addition, Dark Slope today announces the appointment of Wayne Purboo to the Dark Slope Board of Directors. Wayne has a tremendous amount of experience and proven track record of scaling Canadian companies internationally. Most notably, Wayne spearheaded the sale of QuickPlay Media to AT&T. Wayne assumed the role of SVP Product AT&T following the acquisition and is currently the SVP Strategy at San Francisco based software company New Relic.
Dark slope will continue to fundraise to support its pivot towards immersive learning and has already begun to confirm substantial partnerships in support of the product build. Additional details to be announced at a later date.
ABOUT DARK SLOPE
Dark Slope is a Toronto-based immersive learning and spatial software company. Founded by a team of technology and content veterans passionate about the possibilities of spatial computing, Dark Slope leverages Involve, its XR learning platform, to drive a new wave of effective training and team collaboration across verticals including health and safety, field operations and soft skill development. Dark Slope works with global organizations across VR, AR and MR platforms to build, integrate and deploy scalable learning solutions.a. Visit www.darkslope.com for more information.
ABOUT DARK SLOPE STUDIOS
Dark Slope Studios is a real time content producer pushing the boundaries of virtual production. Dedicated to creativity and innovation, Dark Slope Studios combines beautiful artwork with cutting edge technology to deliver amazing animation content and virtual 3D worlds. Dark Slope Studios specializes in motion capture and facial tracking animation, 5G mobile game development as well as VR and AR production. Supported by a team of Unreal Game Developers, Dark Slope Studios provides end to end solutions from creative design to final lighting and compositing. Visit http://darkslopestudios.com/ for more information.