As one of the two charismatic Co-Founders of Improbable, Rob Whitehead has firmly stamped his reputation as one of the leading lights in the industry of simulations, gaming and virtual worlds. Along with friend and fellow Cambridge graduate Herman Narula, Whitehead established Improbable in 2012. Five years later, Improbable had expanded, opening offices in San Francisco before receiving a massive investment of £370 million from Softbank to go towards further development of the company’s technology, as well as hiring more staff.
As Chief Technology Officer at the firm, Rob became celebrated for his role in creating the core technology behind SpatialOS, developing and shaping the system for a more tailored experienced for the gaming industry. The British entrepreneur has pioneered company software, allowing academics, governments and other professionals to build and simulate systems on a ground-breaking scale: from the populations and the inner workings of national services, to a functioning model of the human body’s immune system.
The sense of hype around the work carried out by Rob Whitehead and Herman Narula is notable: Improbable raised $20 million from Silicon Valley investor Andreessen Horowitz, after turning down three other potential investors a year previously. As simulation-based education and research grow, we can expect the work of this young entrepreneur to only be in its early stages.