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Tarif Sayed

Founder and Managing Partner at Holo Media

San Francisco, United States

Tarif Sayed is a recognised thought leader and senior executive in the media, technology, and digital content space. He has earned a reputation for his visionary approach and for how he “deeply comprehends content creation and the delivery ecosystems while understanding the technologies behind it.”

Tarif is the Managing Partner of Holo Media a consulting firm focusing on digital media, virtual and augmented reality. Ahead of that Tarif served as General Manager and Head of Nokia’s Virtual Reality(VR Technologies) Business Unit, to which he brought “incredible energy, passion and ability to drive results.” Within Nokia and across the many external partners Tarif forged, he has been an execution driver, taking virtual and augmented reality projects — already fast to begin with — and delivering them at an accelerated rate. He directed a transformation at Nokia that saw a significant shift in the business model along with multiple software tools released to the market, establishing the company as a leading player in the VR/AR market.

Tarif spent the previous five years at Dolby Labs as the Senior Director of Broadcast Services and as a Regional Director. With a big picture vision and focus on continually creating new business opportunities, he turned around the strategic Dolby Live Atmos program. Heading the go-to-market strategy for TV, STB, Mobile, and Streaming Devices, Tarif successfully closed deals with primary content creators, broadcast companies, OTT services, and mobile device manufacturers. He also secured testing engagements with the likes of FIFA, the NBA, the NHL, and UEFA.

While serving as the Regional Director at Dolby, Tarif grew the net new business for the MENA region by more than a 5x multiple throughout three years. Before joining Dolby, he served in the digital media advisory, operations management, and creative roles representing Al Jazeera, the BBC, CNN, ZDF, and other media brands.

Tarif holds a Bachelor’s degree in Media studies. He was selected as a Senior Fellow and Faculty Member for Silicon Castles Institute, an organisation that serves as a strategic business accelerator through the training of executives and the development of start-up firms. Tarif is a sought-after mentor, and a regular speaker at industry events such as CES, NAB, IBC, SVG, and CeBit.

Available For: Authoring, Consulting, Influencing, Speaking
Travels From: San Francisco

Tarif SayedPoints
Academic0
Author6
Influencer9
Speaker11
Entrepreneur0
Total26

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Company Information

Company Type: Company
Business Unit: AR/VR
Theatre: Worldwide
Media Experience: 20 years
Last Media Training: 10/16/2017
Last Media Interview: 12/03/2018

Areas of Expertise

AI
AR/VR 33.72
Cloud
Digital Transformation
Emerging Technology 30.75
Innovation
Leadership 30.37
Lean Startup
Management
Marketing
Startups

Industry Experience

High Tech & Electronics
Media
Professional Services
Telecommunications

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Publications

6 Article/Blogs
Hyperverse the true free-roam VR Arcade solution at GDC
linkedin
March 19, 2018
Honored and excited to join Hyperverse as an advisory board member.

Hyperverse is a location-based VR company providing free-roam full immersion VR solutions. An End-To-End solution for indoor entertainment that is powered by Hyperverse' proprietary inside-out tracking system that eliminates occlusion issues for any number of multiplayer.

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Tags: AR/VR

Sports Broadcasting, Plenty of Untapped Opportunities
linkedin
November 07, 2017
Before we bring AR and VR to Sports broadcasting, let’s take a look at how it can benefit from other technologies that are available NOW!

In the last few weeks, my blogs have featured real-world applications for VR and AR within the Hollywood industry. In light of the World Series’ conclusion last week, I realized how many areas within sports broadcasting technology remain untapped. Especially in regards to attracting the younger generations, who tend to be consistently on their cell phones. (Trust me on this, my teenage sends me at home even when there is just one wall between us.)

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Tags: AR/VR

Pairing Exceptional Talents With Exceptional Companies
linkedin
October 22, 2017
Two fabulous years I spent with my colleagues at a great company "Nokia Technologies." Together with our leadership team, we made Nokia and in a short period a leading VR company.

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Tags: AR/VR

Dinosaurs at Times Square! A Hollywood & AR love story has just started.
linkedin
October 18, 2017
A couple of weeks ago, I started a series of blogs around AR & VR. The first blog, “Back to the Future, From Aladdin to Oculus” was about Hollywood studios and the VR opportunities ahead of them. This week I will be talking about what AR could bring to studios and the film industry as a whole. I will not be talking about how AR could be used within a movie, as it has been there for a long time, “Iron Man” using AR to visualize data in his helmet.

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Tags: AR/VR

Back to the Future, from Aladdin to Oculus
linkedin
October 04, 2017
As a kid, I used to love movies that take me to imaginary places. One of my favorites was “Aladdin,” I was fascinated by the concept of teleportation. Aladdin and his friends, with the help of the genie, are capable of instantaneously transporting themselves from China to Morocco and back. Later, “Back to the Future” and “Star Trek” took a more scientific approach of teleportation. Until this moment, I am still waiting for someone to invent teleportation in the REAL world!

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Tags: AR/VR

Back to the Future, from Aladdin to Oculus
Linkedin
October 04, 2017
As a kid, I used to love movies that take me to imaginary places. One of my favorites was “Aladdin,” I was fascinated by the concept of teleportation. Aladdin and his friends, with the help of the genie, are capable of instantaneously transporting themselves from China to Morocco and back. Later, “Back to the Future” and “Star Trek” took a more scientific approach of teleportation. Until this moment, I am still waiting for someone to invent teleportation in the REAL world!

While waiting, I was lucky enough to work on technologies that could offer us the same teleportation feeling and experience without physically changing our location. Virtual and augmented reality are teleportation engines! How?

VR makes you feel as if you are living in another place. It immerses you in an entirely new experience that takes you places and even allows you to be in someone else’s shoes.

On the other side, AR allows you to bring objects & characters from another world and merge it within the physical space that you are in at any given moment.

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Tags: AR/VR, Emerging Technology, Leadership

1 Keynote
CES, Cebit, NAB, IBC, SVG
CES, Cebit, NAB, IBC, SVG
January 09, 2018
In the last seven years, I participated at multiple panels and delivered various keynotes at CES, Cebit, NAB, IBC, SVG and many other regional events, covering topics such as AR, VR, OTT, Digital media, Audio, HDR and immersive media.

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Tags: AR/VR, Emerging Technology, Leadership

1 Panel
CES
CES
January 09, 2018
In the last seven years, I participated at multiple panels and delivered various keynotes at CES, covering topics such as AR, VR, OTT, Digital media, Audio, HDR and immersive media.

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Tags: AR/VR, Emerging Technology, Leadership

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1 Business
Virtual & Augmented Reality

Location: Worldwide    Date Available: December 19th, 2018    Fees: project depending

Submission Date: December 19th, 2018    Service Type: Service Offered

Holo Media is a hands-on media consulting firm dedicated to providing clients with tailored solutions in the context of changing technology and business environment.

We help our clients cultivate profits and remain competitive amid market ongoing changes, based on our broad expertise within these industries.

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