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Next Reality

The reality of tomorrow will not be static. Next Reality brings you a daily look into the cutting edge innovations in Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, and Mixed Reality, poised to merge the impossible worlds of our imaginations with real life. And it's right around the corner, as we're already seeing developers editions of the Hololens, Meta 2, and soon, Magic Leap headsets.

The Company

Next Reality is a sister site of WonderHowTo. We launched WonderHowTo in January 2008 with our own money, and later, with professional backing from General Catalyst. Given our backgrounds in television programming, motion graphics, and software development, early on we chose to pursue instructional topics we were most curious about. With an original taxonomy of 476 categories, sometimes we wandered pretty far off the reservation. But we always kept exploring. More recently, we have chosen to narrow our focus into fewer verticals we found genuinely intriguing, inherently dynamic (and not evergreen), and ripe for future innovation.

To create even greater focus and expertise, in early 2017 with approximately 12 million monthly uniques, we launched the WonderHowTo Network. Four new sibling verticals, covering not just How-Tos, but the latest news, reviews, rumors, and insider information on the areas we find the most interesting. We would love to hear your feedback. Help us make these verticals...wonderful.

The Team

Stephen Chao
Co-Founder / CEO

Co-founder with Mike G. I majored in Latin at Harvard. Spent two gonzo years hunting stories for the National Enquirer. My eyes were opened by the tireless curiosity of the case study method at Harvard Business School. Before the era of massive fragmentation, I ran Fox Television and USA Network. At WonderHowTo, our glorious burden is to explore those verticals we find...wonderful.

Mike Goedecke
Co-Founder

Hi, my name is Mike and I am one of the founders of WonderHowTo (with Stephen Chao). My passion is filmmaking, directing and shooting to be specific. I got my MFA from USC film school. I'm on the set whenever I get the chance. I love Art and Design and have had my own company for 20 years creating commercials, network branding and short films.

Bryan Crow
CTO
@BryanTheCrow

Got started coding by hacking together a home-brew simon game for the SEGA Dreamcast VMU at 15, and more officially by studying CS & IT Management at CTU. Now 1 start-up sold, 2 kids, 5 domains, and 25 programming languages later, I'm proud to have grown the WonderHowTo network of sites from zero to over 2 billion pageviews.

Jennifer Welsh
Editor in Chief
@MicrobeLover

As a young girl, I spent most afternoons in my mother's research lab sorting instruments, eventually growing flasks of cells and testing out compounds that could potentially be used to treat cancer. Our dinner table discussions prominently featured the word "apoptosis" and drove my passion for everything science and tech. I parlayed this love into an undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Notre Dame, then into a job running the cell culture and antiviral drug toxicity testing wing at a biotechnology startup in San Francisco. When I got sick of the smell of ethanol and the buzz and blue glow of the sterilizing UV lights, I enrolled in the University of California, Santa Cruz's Science Communication program to learn about writing and journalism, and to develop my passion for new media and blogging. After stints at WIRED, The Scientist, Discover Magazine, and LiveScience, I spent a few years at Business Insider, where I built the science vertical from scratch and helped launch the ephemeral standalone site Tech Insider. In 2016, I joined WonderHowTo to start building our network of sites focused on science and technology, drive editorial operations site-wide, and open our New York City offices.

Justin Meyers
Managing Editor
@burkinfarct

Writing has always been my passion, I just haven’t always known it. As a young child, I’d draw my own comic books with elaborate storylines because I thought I could do better than everyone else. In high school, I was the only kid who could get away with profanity in assignments because I didn’t just use it to be cool. When I became a commercial/industrial electrician, I’d complete crossword puzzles at lunch and write short film ideas at night. During my 4+ years as a US Army 11B, I fell in love with David Lynch’s Mulholland Dr. and penned multiple novellas in my limited spare time that I believed would make great films one day. In college, I had the habit of turning three-page essays in 15-pagers because everything was just that fascinating to me. I earned my screenwriting degree at Columbia College Hollywood where I dabbled in film editing, cinematography, and photography, and found out that I excelled at script editing/doctoring. I began working for WonderHowTo part-time in 2008 curating videos for every topic imaginable, eventually hosting my own Scrabble blog, until I settled in naturally to a full-time editor position specializing in Macs/iPhones, my preferred tools of the trade. These days, I run Gadget Hacks’ iOS department and help maintain quality across the whole WonderHowTo network.

Jason Odom
NextReality Contributing Editor

After years of developing PC games with publishers like Activision and Take 2 as well as teaching game development, I moved into augmented reality and more recently, specifically HoloLens development. When I am not writing or doing Next Reality work, I am creating HoloLens mixed reality applications with C# and Unity.I have a passionate focus on finding new and unique but natural approaches to UX.

B.J. Mendelson
Associate Editor
@bjmendelson

I've been crafting great content and distributing it around the web, successfully, since 1998. That would lead me to consulting for Fortune 500 companies, all while attending classes at SUNY Potsdam. In my travels around the globe as a public speaker on all things marketing, I was given the nickname "The Mark Twain of Social Media" by numerous media outlets. Today I write comic books at night and edit the news for WonderHowTo by day.

Dallas Thomas
Staff Writer
@DHTIII

I've always been a tinkerer — from taking apart toys as a kid, to working on cars for a living in my 20s. Almost compulsively, anytime I come across something new, I have to examine it from all angles and get a thorough understanding of how it works from the inside out. As you can imagine, that drive became an obsession when I got my first smartphone, and ever since then, I've been soaking up and exploring everything the mobile industry has to offer. I've gained a respectful appreciation for Apple and iOS over the years, but deep down inside, my true love is and probably always will be Android.

Amboy Manalo
Contributing Writer

As a kid, I always had a knack for making classmates break into laughter while class was in session — earning myself 1000-word essays as punishment on almost a weekly basis. I now realize just how far this hard-learned skill has taken me throughout my life, from earning an undergraduate degree in History from New Jersey City University, to my current job as a writer. My aim is cover all the aspects that make iOS and Android devices so wonderful to use — without sounding biased or pretentious.

Anthony Corrado
Contributing Writer

East Coast native, Midwest transient, LA resident. Have eaten post-Phillies game soft pretzels sold out of shopping carts, can tell you what a lutefisk is, and have cursed the SigAlert. I now code.

Bettina Mangiaracina
Contributing Writer
@b3ttina_

I have a BA in English creative writing and women and gender studies from Hunter College. I'm a former University of Virginia Semester at Sea student, and also a USAC student from Christ University in Bangalore, India. I've traveled to over 45 countries around the globe — from Morocco to Myanmar — and my most recent trip was a two-year stay in the South of India. I’m an avid reader of literary fiction, former drama student at A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts, and an Instagram enthusiast.

Jake Peterson
Contributing Writer
@jakecpeterson

I am a writer and media producer from New York City. I studied Film and Television at NYU. I previously worked at Apple as a Technical Specialist, and at NYU as an audio technician. I love TV, movies, video games, news-binging, and finding the best tacos in NYC.

Juliet Gallagher
Contributing Writer
@julesgallagher9

I am a writer currently getting my BA in English and Theatre Arts at Rowan University. I am an avid reader and news junkie with an interest ranging from politics to the latest app innovation to the incredible developments happening in the automotive industry, like Apple Car. My passion for writing comes from a desire to tell stories in any fashion. I love all things social media, but especially twitter.

Sarah Tseggay
Contributing Writer
@sarahtseggay

I am a junior at Rice University studying cognitive sciences and sociology with a passion for writing. My fascination with science and technology began at a young age and has played a huge part in my life. As a science news junkie, I'm constantly searching the web for the newest Apple announcements, Tesla updates, and alerts from the CDC.

Tommy Palladino
Contributing Writer

I am a communications professional with more than 16 years of experience in a variety of fields, including technology, manufacturing, construction, and healthcare. I reside in the suburbs of Birmingham, Alabama, with my wife Tiffany, my daughter Aria, my son Trent, two dogs, and a cat. I consider myself to be a gadget geek. I've conned my way into playing bass for several bands. Finally, I am a fantasy football/baseball legend.

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