Top 50 Asian Virtual Reality-Augmented Reality Leaders,Evangelists, Investors & Influencers

Updated: Jul 20, 2021

Written By: Eddie Avil

Over the years i have seen a few lists of Top 50 XR Influencers, but the curators of those list always overlooked China/India/Asia's XR Industry.

Just for Context the worlds current population is 7 Billion, India & China's Collective population is 2.7 Billion & mind you i haven't added the overall population of #asia.......Ignore us at your own risk #facebook #microsoft & the curators of those lists.

China’s XR Industry has been growing rapidly and so is India’s, In the year 2015 India had under 10 XR Startups, today we have over 2000 XR focussed Startups in the Country.

China-India & the other Asian Nations have some really interesting #augmentedreality #virtualreality #mixedreality #startups Innovating across Hardware, Software & Content.

Creating a list of #top50 #extendedreality Leaders from Asia/Asian Origin wasn’t a tit for tat response but a genuine desire to showcase the diverse & hardworking XR Entrepreneurs, Startups, Evangelists & Investors who the world should know.

There are so many great XR entrepreneurs, startups of Asian Origin that it is impossible to make a single 50 Best list, will try and curate a quarterly list of the Top 50 Asian XR leaders,

If you believe you deserve to be on the list then do dm me your profile on LinkedIn and will be a pleasure to mention you on the 2nd list.

More Power, Success & Funding Support to the Asian XR Ecosystem.

1- Ambarish Mitra

Ambarish Mitra is the CEO and co-Founder of #Blippar one of the first billion dollar “Augmented Reality” Startup from India, being a pioneer, early mover brings its own pro’s & lots of Con’s.

Blippar was reportedly worth $1.5 billion before it fell into administration in 2018 after an investor dispute prevented it from raising emergency funding. The startup was rescued from bankruptcy by existing backer Candy Ventures in 2019.

They have recently raise 5 million & have come back leaner, more focussed and better than ever before.



2- Chi Xu

Xu Chi, the CEO and co-founder of #Nreal, a trending mixed reality (MR) start-up. Nreal is one of the most popular companies in the field, having won over several well-known investors like Qualcomm, short video app Kuaishou, video streaming app iQiyi, and GP Capital.

Most people know Xu due to his dispute with American virtual reality company Magic Leap. In June 2019, Magic Leap accused Xu of stealing AR glasses technology when he was an engineer working at the firm. However, in June 2020, a U.S. federal court threw out the case as #MagicLeap failed to make any viable claim



3- Ayden Ye

Co-founder & CEO of #VeeR, A leading VR entertainment company with the mission of bringing cinematic VR content to the mass audience.

Founded in 2016, VeeR is a leading VR entertainment platform available worldwide, across all major VR headsets, web, and mobile. VeeR acquires, produces, and distributes best-in-class immersive stories and light-weight interactive experiences.

VeeR has opened more than 5 VR cinemas and has plans to expand to more locations in China by 2020.



4- Kshitij Marwah

Ceo-Founder Tesseract/#Jio Glass

Kshitij Marwah is a Forbes 30 Under 30 and MIT Technology Review Most Innovator Under The Age of 35. A graduate of the MIT Media Lab, he runs Tesseract Inc. – a MIT spin-off with the aim of democratizing Mixed Reality into the masses. Prior to Tesseract, he was leading the MIT Media Lab India Initiative – with the aim of creating a design led platform in India for innovation. He has been covered across Forbes, USA Today, MIT Tech Review, TED and has numerous patents and publications to his name



5-Pradeep Khanna

Is Founder CEO of consulting company Global Mindset focused on leveraging globalisation & digitisation for Learning & Working. He has a special interest and focus on emerging technologies including #VR #AR #MR #AI

Pradeep has been a leader for IBM GBS Australia and New Zealand (A/NZ), He has over 30 years of executive & management experience across a number of industries. He is an Adjunct Professor/Visiting Faculty at number of institutions in Australia, Singapore & India. Pradeep is a speaker and Executive Director, Asia Pacific driving the ecosystem for #VRARA in Asia pacific



6-Chaitanya Chinchlikar

Chaitanya has had a multi-faceted career in the Indian Film & CreativeArtsIndustry for over 17 years .

For the past 13 years, he has been a part of the leadership team and currently serves as the Vice President, Business Head, Chief Technology Officer & Head of Emerging Media of the #WhistlingWoods.

He heads the institute’s efforts to evangelize its education by incorporating emerging technologies & platforms, through development labs setup in partnership with global technology giants.



7-Alvin Graylin

Alvin is the China President at #HTC leading all aspects of HTC’s business in the region (Vive/VR, phone, Viveport content platform, partnerships and investments). He is also currently Vice-Chairman of the Industry of Virtual Reality Alliance (IVRA.com) with 300+ company members, President of the $18B Virtual Reality Venture Capital Alliance (VRVCA.com) and oversees the Vive X VR Accelerators (VIVEX.co) in Beijing, Shenzhen and Tel Aviv. Mr. Graylin is a sought after speaker and thought leader in the areas of VR/AR, AI, Entrepreneurship, and doing business in China by events and media globally.



8-Eddie Lou

Eddie is the founder and CEO of #SandmanStudios, a VR creative studio based in Beijing that produce premium and experimental VR experiences. Sandman Studios’ recent work “Free Whale” and “Fresh Out” are officially selected by 74th and 75th Venice Film Festival VR Competition. Eddie is also the founder and director of Sandbox Immersive Festival, China’s first VR/immersive media festival which the well acclaimed first edition was held in June in the city of Qingdao. Eddie also worked as an advisor and mentor for a number of AR/VR companies and related institutions such as Greenlight Insight, Beijing Film Academy, Beijing International Film Festival etc. Eddie held degrees from Imperial College London, University of the Arts London and London Business School. Prior to joining VR industry, Eddie has been working as business strategist and consultant for APEC China Business Council, JD.com, iResearch and Accenture.




9- Eddie Avil

Eddie has Dir/Prod India’s 1st Award Winning- Stereoscopic VR Short Film-CRACKLE.

He is the Founder of Immersion- India’s 1st & largest AR/VR Conference plus the Founder of #XROM an AR/VR News website plus a B2B2C Marketplace which has the largest inventory of XR Products to Buy,Sell or Rent.

He also Hosts XROM the 1st of its kind AR/VR focussed #Podcast from India.



10-Darshan Shankar

Ceo & Founder of Bigscreen one of the biggest VR platforms in the world, with millions of users on popular VR headsets.

#BigscreenVR has partnered with many of the major movie studios including Paramount Pictures and Funimation (Sony Pictures). Bigscreen distributes blockbuster 3D movies in VR, creating a unique social and immersive movie watching experience that's not possible without VR.

Bigscreen has raised $14 million in funding from top Silicon Valley VCs, Andreessen Horowitz & True Ventures.



11-Anand Agarawala

Anand Agarawala is co-founder and CEO of #Spatial, the leading VR/AR collaboration app that turns any room into a 3D workspace, Like a 3D version of Zoom and Slack.

Spatial is used by Fortune 1000’s like Mattel, Pfizer, Ford, was a Quest 2 and HoloLens 2 keynote launch partner and is the most venture funded company in the space.

Mr. Agarawala is an entrepreneur, product designer and engineer who has been on the forefront of 3D technology for the past decade. Prior to Spatial, he founded BumpTop, a pioneering 3D, multi-touch, physics desktop interface inspired by real desks that he presented at TED. The company was later acquired by Google in 2010.



12-Tipatat Chennavasin

Tipatat Chennavasin Is General Partner of the Venture Reality Fund investing in early stage VR, AR, AI and 5G companies.

He has experience creating VR/AR content and is an adviser/mentor for many VR and AR companies, incubators and accelerators around the world. The Venture Reality Fund has looked at over 5,000 startups in the space and invested in 40, including Beat Games, acquired by Facebook, and Rec Room, the first VR software Unicorn. Learn more about what it means to be a creative in the VC world



13-Amitt Mahajan

Amitt Mahajan is a serial technology entrepreneur and investor who has invested in AR/VR Startups such as Baobab Studios, Escher Reality, Scope AR, Wave VR,Osso VR,BigsreenVR, Sandbox, Varjo and many others. Prior to Presence Capital, he was the founder and CTO of MyMiniLife (acquired by Zynga) and the founder and CEO of Toro (acquired by Google). While at Zynga, he co-created the game FarmVille and served as the CTO of Zynga Japan. Before his entrepreneurial work, Mahajan was an engineer at Epic Games on the Unreal Engine and Gears of War.



14-Kai Liang

Kai holds several International Business director positions in VR educational companies and VR, AR hardware companies. He has been leading VR K12 education deployments, and is currently the commercial director of #MELscience, International business director of Growlib Beijing, European managing director of Shadow Creator as well as co-founder of Smart Stone Technologies in Australia.

Before playing a leading role in XR industries, Kai was the VP of Dimenco and essentially closed all the biggest deals in the world for Auto-stereoscopic 3D industry in the world for 5 years. He still runs some of the most significant deals for glasses-free 3D community to date.



15- Asad J Malik

Founder CEO of #JaduAR he is working on Building the future of musical experiences with Augmented Reality.

Asad J. Malik is of the view that the further development of virtual/augmented realities, artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, gene editing and neuroscience will significantly alter the human condition in our lifetime, His studio 1RIC carved out a pioneering position in the AR for storytelling space when his immigration focused Hololens project Terminal 3 premiered to critical acclaim in 2018. It was called “the most intense AR experience” by Fast Company.

he was recently awarded Forbes 30 under 30 for his outstanding work in the field of AR/VR, Malik's now working with Verizon to build educational AR experiences with 5G and his AR app Jadu turns TikTok stars and musicians into holograms.



16- Vinay Narayan

Has been at the forefront when it comes to XR, earlier he was VP, Platform Strategy & Dev Community at #HTC and is currently working at Facebook Reality labs.

Vinay has a passion for defining vision and building teams for products that drive impact.

He is the host of #XRSEAPOD, an XR and Leadership podcast, and a Board member and Advisor for various VR and AR companies. As a customer-focused product strategist, he oversees platform strategies that unify the product category for emerging technologies. He's always looking at how to scale teams to build the products to solve tomorrow's problems. Vinay is very active in the XR community, including board advisory, keynote speaker, and strategy guide.


17-Helen Situ

Helen Situ is currently working on a new company. Previously she was one of the first employees at NextVR (acquired by Apple), a virtual reality company focused on live entertainment across music and sports. While there, she led the launch of the company's Gear VR software application, drove social media strategy, and worked closely with partners like Oculus and the NBA. Situ founded Virtual Reality Pop, the #1 Medium.com publication on immersive technology with over 37,000 subscribers. Helen has spoken at industry conferences such as Games Developers Conference, Comic-Con, Slush, World News Media Congress, BroadwayCon and has been featured by USA Today, Voices of VR, and Yahoo Tech



18- Nina Salomons