Continuing Our Growth: Welcome 8ninths to Valence

Adam Sheppard, Jim Darrin, and William Lai

We are very excited today to share the news that Valence has acquired 8ninths, a leading augmented and virtual reality studio based in Seattle with an office in the wonderful South Lake Union neighborhood. For the last four years, 8ninths has been focused on helping businesses around the world harness the power of augmented and virtual reality. Moving forward they will form a cornerstone of the Valence digital transformation business, alongside other digital transformation technologies such as blockchain, artificial intelligence, robotics, voice, and more.

8ninths was founded by Adam Sheppard and William Lai, both long time Microsoft veterans. About four years ago they decided to jump into the nascent AR/VR market and start to explore new and emerging platforms like Microsoft HoloLens, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and more. We first started partnering with 8ninths about a year ago and got to know Adam, William and the rest of their team and business. Since then our relationship has grown stronger and we found a shared passion for a growing dynamic around “Digital Transformation” in our collective customers. Specifically, 8ninths continued to see that AR/VR solutions would also contain elements of IoT technologies (sensor data), artificial intelligence (automatic image recognition), or voice and chat technologies (speaking to your headset).

All these technologies have entire ecosystems to explore — and require a new set of expertise. This is also exactly what Valence is focused on — bringing these technologies together for customers and creating value for anyone thinking about digital transformation — whether in the C-suite, marketing team, IT departments, lines-of-business, or, frankly, anyone that needs to understand the new and growing landscape of modern technologies. After a few conversations, we decided we would be better together: bring 8ninths expertise in AR/VR to Valence and bring Valence expertise in other technologies to 8ninths. And together we plan to continue to innovate and drive forward our businesses together. We couldn’t be more excited for what the future holds!