Ben Houston

Chief Executive Officer & Founder at Clara.io

Ben Houston

Ben Houston

Chief Executive Officer & Founder at Clara.io

Biography

Ben Houston is a 18 year veteran of the 3D computer graphics software industry. Since 2005, Ben has run Exocortex, a consulting and software product business.

Exocortex's most recent project is http://Clara.io, a free JavaScript/WebGL-based online 3D modeling, animation, and rendering platform.

Ben designs, develops, manages and markets software products aimeds at 3D artists, both those in the animation, visual effects and game industries.

Products Ben has overseen have been widely used in top Hollywood films including Avatar, Harry Potter 7, the Transformers series, the Twilight series, Iron Man 3, The Avengers, Titanic 3D, and Jurassic Park 3D.

Ben holds multiple patents and has published papers at many computer graphics conferences (including SIGGARPH, Eurographics, SCA.)

Ben still codes regularly and is one of the top contributors to the popular open source JavaScript WebGL library ThreeJS.

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Clara.io

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Birthday

01/01/1978

Age

43

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Education
BA Cognitive Science (Neuroscience)

Carleton College, a non-denominational institution, was founded in 1942 at the height of the Second World War by the Ottawa Association for the Advancement of Learning. It was originally located in a rented building and only offered night courses in public administration and introductory university subjects. When the war ended in 1945, the College began expanding to meet the needs of veterans coming home. The Faculty of Arts and Science was established, which included courses in journalism and first-year engineering.

Career History
Chief Executive Officer & Founder
Current

Exocortex is a bootstrapped consulting and software product business targeting medium and high-end 3D artists and visual effects studios. Starting in 2012, Exocortex self-financed the creation of http://Clara.io, the freemium collaborative online 3D modeling, animation and rendering tool. Clara.io was announced in July 2013 and entered into open beta in November 2013. Exocortex received its first outside investment from Marc Petit in 2013. Marc Petit is also advising Exocortex on strategy. Marc Petit was formerly the Senior VP at Autodesk in charge of their $200M/year Media and Entertainment division. At Autodesk, Marc was responsible for the desktop equivalents of http://Clara.io. Exocortex products are widely used in the high end 3D market, especially on top Hollywood blockbusters including Harry Potter 7, Iron Man 3, Star Trek Into Darkness and The Avengers. http://Clara.io, the freemium online 3D editor, democratizes the 3D content creation market by making these tools and capabilities available to everyone, everywhere. Exocortex has partnered with ChaosGroup, the makers of the industry leading V-Ray renderer (used for example on Tron, the Transformers series, and Benjamin Button), in order to bring live cloud-based photorealistic rendering to http://Clara.io.

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ThreeKit, Inc. develops software platform. It enables companies to create 3D, photorealistic images, and augmented reality with just a single design file. The company was founded by Ben Houston in 2005 and is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

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Ben Houston is affiliated with Clara.io, ThreeKit, Inc.

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