Meet two key members of the team that’s building the world’s first seamless 360° camera. Circle Optics‘ Chief Operating Officer, Ian Gauger, and Director of Marketing, Jennifer Sertl, sit down with host Dr. Sujatha Ramanujan, Managing Director at the Luminate accelerator where Circle received funding and support early in their journey. Ian and Jenn talk about the evolution of the company’s first product, the Hydra; how they’ve pivoted to support defense applications and created a B Corp that’s using tech for good; and why Rochester is a great place for startups.
00:00 – Intro
00:39 – How Circle Optics got started
1:40 – The problem with current cinematic lens systems; the Hydra difference
3:18 – Circle’s pivot to the defense market; tips for applying for SBIR funding and other grants
5:53 – Creating a behavioral brand through team growth
7:47 – Why Rochester, NY is a great fit for startups
9:20 – What’s next for Circle Optics