Nonpareil and confined to Earth.
Disclaimer: This website is my personal site and does not reflect the opinions or beliefs of the companies I am invested in or associated with.
I’m David Leach. I joined the ARMY at 17 to get off the streets and out of trouble, after serving, the GI bill paid for my Bachelors and Masters (Comp Sci). I created an Internet Technology company in 2002 which I sold in 2003. We provided network security services. I was young and the success wasn’t easy for a parentless youth like myself to process maturely.I spent a significant amount of time enjoying the little things in life that I wasn’t fortunate enough to experience in my childhood, like taking myself to the zoo for the first time, scuba diving, driving nice (new) automobiles, trying expensive foods. I was young and a completely different person.
My prowess for technology led me to accept a position at a finance company and by 2007 I was working as the Chief Marketing Officer at one of the top 10 financial institutions in the US. I was in my early 20’s and managing an annual advertising budget of 120m. I looked like an underaged teen in a shitty baggy suit from the Men’s Warehouse. I was brash and quick tempered. Confidence had turned to arrogance and I had forgotten humbling lessons of my past. At that time I was known to say “the only way to stop me is to topple the global economy“. And topple it sure as shit did…that happened with the 2007 market crash. I lost everything. I lost homes, cars, my fiance. I took a bank offer on my last remaining home and moved to Huntington Beach where I spent my most of my time surfing, diving, drinking Sunday Fundays, and roadtrips on my motorcycle. Knowing I couldn’t live my life off my rapidly dwindling savings I stopped licking my wounds and started pushing forward again. I poured my time and money into my childhood passion, film and photography. I invested in cinema equipment and created an Advertising & Production company, Consultoria Inc. I figured if I purchased the film equipment outright, then I could forgo having to charge clients for rental fees of equipment , undercutting traditional production pricing by significant margins. I’d be pretty appalled if a mechanic fixing my car charged me to rent the damn tools needed for him to do his job. That is just my philosophy. It worked and subsequently I grew Consultoria from a tiny office to 60 employees in a relatively short period of time.
Over the years Consultoria filmed dozens of nationally recognized commercials for global brands and created hundreds of digital online campaigns, well before online advertising was “a thing” to most savvy marketing companies or ad agencies. At that point in time some agencies still thought traditional media was going to have a revival. Almost every single major company in the US today still continues to select some “shiny on paper” Chief Marketing Officer (usually someone with more time in education than in actual career success) and expect great things. Don’t expect anything. However… if you’re a CEO that loves excel spreadsheets and pretty graphs and charts, you’ve most likely made the correct choice. CMO’s these days are better labeled as “vendor vetters” possessing a ridiculous vocabulary of marketing acronyms commonly utilized in over abundance to mask their lack of creativity and talent. They schedule appointments and an abudance of lunches with vendors who will offer various marketing services, watch the presentations and browse pretty PDF’s and select from a buffet of marketing options. Where is your originality and creativity? Too few these days put their neck on the line for inspirational, innovative ideas, instead…they protect their paychecks.
With the success of Consultoria came the freedom of time, with that time came reflection. With that reflection I simply realized I had other things in life that were waiting for me. I felt like life was calling me in other directions. I hired an executive staff to run Consultoria and began pursuing other goals in life.
I ended up at Google. I ran a team of engineers, and I will always love data, quadratic equations and learning more about people’s extrapolated search habits. I learned to understand people intimately through data. Over the years that data has evolved tremendously as more devices came online globally. Data has become truly insightful to human behavior. I reflect often on the impact that has had on my perspectives on life and society. People can say all sorts of creative and amazing things and can paint any portrayal that they want to project of themselves…however all humans are best understood by their patterns. I eventually left Google for an offer I couldn’t refuse.
I ended up working as the Chief Marketing Officer at several Fortune 500’s and was directly responsible for assisting those companies in achieving (multi)billion dollar levels of success. I’ve created dozens of companies, some successful, some not. I utilized my careers savings to invest into startups very early (Series A, Seed) on which proved to be successful (notables include: Oculus, AirBnb, Uber, Netflix, Hulu, BitCoin). I created products, technologies, and digital processes that are used in billions of consumer products/transactions today. I like to make things better. To the point where any competition is absolutely futile. Unless you’ve worked directly with me or one of my companies, you most likely haven’t heard of me because I prefer a paycheck over publication/press and I loathe publicity. I prefer to be behind a camera.
After the Facebook purchase of Oculus I created a Virtual Reality research company, Cinovus. We developed input devices for virtual reality and AR applications, virtual reality experiences, educational lessons in virtual reality, 360 VR camera systems, sensor technologies, a lot of autonomous prototypes, but in the end predictive volumetric analytics for virtual reality was the core focus. The reasoning behind this is because organized user data is the most valuable asset in large acquisitions. I did this well before most had heard or read about “virtual reality”. Having invested early in Oculus gave me a massive advantage. I knew exactly what was to come.
Understanding where VR originated from, witnessing the incremental strategic growth, and seeing the direction (currently) transpired, I am truly disappointed in the Virtual Reality industry. The most frustrating aspect is seeing shitty companies grow because they slap “Virtual Reality” on their cause or because of loose associations with Oculus or Samsung. But I’m just some bloke behind a keyboard these days.
Cinovus demonstrated Virtual Reality experiences at the 2015 Oscar’s party in cooperation with Treats! Magazine. We used our photogrammetric prototype equipment and 360 cameras to capture a stunning mansion in Hollywood Hills (where the Oscars party was hosted), and within a short period of time, were able to walkthrough the home in virtual reality, complete with special effects etc.
Steve Shaw, (CEO of Treats! Magazine) is a close friend of mine and has always been supportive in my crazy endeavors. He’s also a brilliant photographer. Steve introduced me to another friend and influence in my film/photo work, Jarred Land (CEO of RED Digital Cinema).
At that point in time Cinovus was developing with beta Unity and beta Unreal software with really (bug ridden) partial VR support, attempting to port our VR experience to both Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear VR’s… additionally, Samsung promised several Gear VR’s days before the awards to test on, however we ended up 3d printing our own to make the deadline. Although Samsung came through, literally in the last hour …it was a logistical nightmare.
I sold the Intellectual Property of Cinovus in February of 2016. Oculus CV1 units were already shipping, Uber and Didi were wrapping up negotiations, AirBnB continues to expand rapidly, Netflix launched 4k and a slew of new “netflix and chill” worthy original content, I should have felt on top of the world… however it didn’t feel like success. During this time I had a young friend that I had mentored for years, Sameer Joudeh Nevarez, pass away. At the same time (but unrelated) I had to shut down one of my companies close to heart, a company I created and started… my creative agency madhouse: Soap Creative Group.
Truncated: it was nasty business partner dispute. Regardless, closing a company is never an easy thing to do. There are friendships and families affected. Employees moved all over the country after Soap Creative closed, seeking jobs or chasing other dreams.
Closing a company is never an easy thing to do. There are friendships and families affected. Employees moved all over the country after Soap Creative closed, seeking jobs or chasing other dreams.
At the same untimely moment I had a handful of the smaller companies that I invested in pull some sleazy moves. Sleazy is the appropriate term. They say when it rains it pours. It’s true. However, I haven’t made it this far in life by dwelling on the unchangeable. More importantly…I had distanced myself from my wife and children, lost close employees and coworkers who I believed were lifelong friends. Teams/talent amongst offices were divided. Secret projects were halted.
Simultaneously… some of those projects were…
A couple of years ago I had conceptualized and developed solar powered surveillance sensor prototypes that communicated on mobile and satellite networks, I called them SEEDs & PODS. I combined several sets of sensors with the ability to translate the data into usable assumptions and predictions. My intent for them was to eliminate the possibility of kidnappings or child abductions, or alternatively if deployed on the battleground, the most reliable source of intel. I designed the SEEDs & PODs to blend in with the natural environment and to prevent tampering. I incorporated “root” systems that held the sensors and I personally created a P.C.C. (patterns, collisions, correlations) set of “rules” for the sensors to learn by [OpenAI, neural network fundamentals, genetic algos, etc].
I had employees write, email, and call appropriate U.S. government agencies to properly receive legal permission to test our sensors in numerous locations throughout the US. Some remote, some smack dab in the middle of major cities. 43 denials later (by the way …you technically have to pay for each bullshit “application”)…myself and a team of employees attempted a different tactic and began planting the sensors with private landowners permission. A few weeks later we turned the network on. We called it “Econet”. Thanks to the foundational work done by Stephen Weber. I have to give Alan Yu credit as well for helping me tie everything together in the end. Each SEED relayed it’s data on a network to the POD which contained the satellite communications ability. The POD sent the data to the satellite therefore we were able to read the data from anywhere…even our iphones sitting in a cafe in Marina Del Rey. If a SEED could not successfully relay the data, it would log it to an internal SD and re-attempt the relay at random intervals. The data transmitted is sent in encrypted packets, some containing factual data and thousands containing in-factual but sensible data, slightly similar to magnetic links and crypto-currency exchanges. I learned how expensive satellite data and independent GSM contract costs from this project. After several months of running Econet successfully, I turned it off and was forced to remove all sensors deployed.
Then there’s my Non-profits..
They make adult toys that are of better quality and more intelligent than most prosthetics out there. The entire prosthetic industry should be embarrassed of itself.
During this same period I had created and self-funded 3 separate 503c Non-Profits that provided free prosthetics…One for Veterans, HelpaVet.Today, another for Children who were victims of War, HelpaKid.Today, and one for animals in need of a prosthetics, HelpaPet.Today. I opened them and operated it for absolutely no cost to the patients. They make adult toys that are of better quality and more intelligent than most prosthetics out there. The entire prosthetic industry should be embarrassed of itself. I could go on and on about how horrible healthcare is in America but it would be a waste of focus. I saw a problem and created a solution.
The (human) prosthetics endeavor actually evolved from our VR input device prototyping. I was trying to understand where kinetic forces were redistributed on the human body when using some of our prototype hand input devices for the Oculus or Samsung Gear. For long periods of usage, this is extremely important to understand. Looking to duplicate micro hand movements over and over in a precise method (to witness/address drifting and positioning) I originally looked to buy a robotic prosthetic arm. When I heard the price and saw it’s limited crab claw shit functionality. I decided to create our own prosthetics. Months later, here I was. I established the appropriate relationships with hospitals, associations, and organizations and began meeting with potential prosthetic recipients, human and animal. Yes animals. I was sizing cats, dogs, and once almost a dolphin for my prosthetic prototypes. I personally designed and created multiple prosthetic prototypes, with the assistance of two other individuals, my close friend and rockstar MIT 4.0 GPA dropout and CTO at Cinovus Trey Duffy, who is now CEO of Womp and my aspiring developer David Herrera (now at Netflix) who would assemble prototypes simply to contribute.
Over the last few years in order to facilitate rapid prototyping and keep costs down on numerous projects, I had purchased a fleet of various 3d printers, from consumer to professional models. I educated myself on stereolithography, gcode, and 3d model design in netfabb, blender and sketchup. This eventually led into extensive materials testing as well, since it is particularly important to know and understand variances and tolerances of the prosthetics under numerous environmental conditions. When I say 3d printed prosthetics, I’m not referring to the 3d printed novelties you see teens and makers printing these days, but myo-electric, electrocardiograph controlled, sensor tracked, Unity mapped (yes Unity) prosthetic replacements. We demonstrated our prototypes to numerous hospitals and their staff, typically lacking a warm welcome (*except for Shriner’s Children Hospital in Los Angeles, who was receptive and overall simply amazing in what they do). Trey and I were able to go from napkin concept to a working prototype in a few weeks… however to be fair, I had existing channels and contacts to quickly facilitate all departments of programming, development and manufacturing…plus it took us weeks simply because we were waiting on micro-controllers and an IMU from Shenzhen. As well as 3d printers are not exactly fast. I created several working prototypes, built the relationships, planned for recipients to receive the prosthetics which were ready for placement… and then things just grinded to a halt.
I could say that overwhelming bureaucratic restrictions and financial pressures caused the demise of my Non-profits and trust me, that statement could be entirely true… but in reflection and meditation I believe that ultimately it was the continuous decline of faith, belief, and lack of support from my peers surrounding me, professionally, socially, and personally. Seeing the groundwork success of my investments, companies, and non-profits, I started focusing on solving larger issues that had bothered me for some time. I wanted to solve global problems, today. Not in some promised tomorrow. To others I simply seemed delusional.
I wanted to solve global problems, today. Not in some promised tomorrow. To others I simply seemed delusional.
I had started designing concepts for global energy solutions, economical desalinization solutions, remote irrigation methods, cost effective portable spectrometers, autonomous methods to clean plastic from our oceans, viable and effective replacements for pesticides, intelligent sensors for US highways and roadways, autonomous drones, autonomous agricultural equipment, robotic cinema/film equipment, and every now and then I’d express interests in space and aviation.
While I scoffed at first, it became increasingly annoying to be called crazy for simply being articulately passionate about something beyond myself…the fate of the human species. I could understand if the ideas and inventions were unattainable or impossible…but the prototypes worked, the conceptual ones formulated and articulate in detail, sound in the science. This wasn’t some sham-wow marketed hyped up bullshit with some lame ass powerpoint that the rest of Silicon Valley and Wall Street investors continue to still fund.
All of this in hindsight I believe may have been premature or simply ill-timed as it seemed my co-investors (in some of my other investments/companies), my employees, and coworkers believed that I was losing focus, or be “pulled in too many directions” regardless of timely achievements. I was told by my colleagues that I shouldn’t disclose my personal battles and emotions that I was attempting to communicate, that it made me look “vulnerable and not befitting of executive conduct“. It’s as if some of you people are alive but plugged into some fake fucking corporate world that controls your little mind. Kings and queens of small castles I say. I was hurt and offended by the un-personal vanilla “corporate-y” responses from people I considered friends. I don’t have parents and I’m fiercely independent, so I found myself at a huge loss for reliable advice. At the time my wife thought I was a ticking time bomb monster and avoided conversation with me at all costs. It was as if a mirror had been placed in front of me and I realized where I stood with everyone around me.
At times I feel like an alien that has traveled billions of light years across space and time to present intelligent plans to help the planet Earth, only to be questioned how the engine works on the spaceship that brought me here. It would take me longer to explain the 3 million years of technological evolution, in a broken antiquated monkey language, and not to mention be a complete waste of precious time, to explain “how the engine works” when an articulated outlined plan to help humanity should be sufficient.
So in the end, overwhelmed with my own defense, I shut it all down. I sold, closed, or just walked away from all of the companies I was directly involved with. I felt like an alpha wolf being attacked by his own mutinous feral pack. It was extremely humbling and educational. I turned to look for real friends and found none, not a single soul. I’ve had a massive exodus of “friends” which demonstrates my initial beliefs, that they weren’t really friends. I even had managers illegally using my credit cards to (what a police investigation later discovered) fund their own startups. I found myself surrounded only by people interested in their personal financial gains. For the first time in my life, having fought so long and hard for, well…fucking everything…I for once began to doubt myself.
After the sale of a few companies that I still maintained obligations/responsibilities to, I moved out of downtown Los Angeles and retired at 35. I spend most of my time trying to know my family better, traveling, a lot of meditating, or focused on my lifelong passion: photographing and filming. Every now and then I find time to sit at my antique drafting table and design new concepts and ideas that are being stored for some undetermined time and moment, but as I see it now, forever.
There are only a handful of innovative and respectable companies in the world that could entice me out of retirement at this point. Maybe I’m kidding myself with my early retirement and I should relabel it as “recharging from society”. At the moment I’m not sure if I ever want to come out of retirement . When I’m flying in the clouds or sitting on my kayak on a lake, it’s really hard to convince me that anyone needs me. Trust me when I say it is not about money. It’s solely about the reason why you do what you do.
In order to accomplish all the goals, plans, prototypes, and projects over the last few years I buried myself in work. Words do this explanation no justice. I believe in secrecy, almost to a fault. This comes with consequences. I did not spend a significant amount of time, or much time at all, publicizing accomplishments. The blog posts I will be publishing over the next few months(?) years(?) will contain all the details, images, videos, diagrams and material that outline what I was focused on and what transpired over the last several years. Since I am retired, I have to admit that it is not my highest priority to explain myself. Something I absolutely loathe doing. I’ve always said it this way, “I’m traveling at the light of speed to our objective, and you want me to slow down to 10mph to explain my methodology?”. So here I am. This …whole explaining myself is not something I enjoy nor a pattern I intend to repeat. I get no reward from this, only a page to point people to when they ask.
While this all might seem overwhelming to some individuals. It is just a mere fraction of the projects, concepts, ideas, products and services that I have been working on in just the last few years. I believe that time on this planet is very precious and that it should be appreciated. I tried my best to make this a better place for all of us. I’m just not sure why anymore. I’m still dealing with the lawsuits and bullshit from it.
Things about me:
• It’s not a me show. It’s not a you show. There is only this much shit ‘about me’ here…probably because you’re on the “about me” page for…me.
• If someone says they “know me”, they probably don’t. If I valued that individual, I would be involved with them on a constant basis. A lot of people attribute “length of time = quality of friendship”, however that is completely incorrect. I’ve spent the last couple years buried in work, traveling for work, in laboratories or maker shops. Aside from my staff, my interaction with others is intentionally limited.
• I use Hootsuite for managing my social media. My posts are timed. I never post when I am actually at a location in an effort to never reveal my coordinates or where I am expected to be.
• I LOVE SCIENCE! Theoretical computer science, Data science, Physics, Astronomy, Oceanography, Geology, Ecology, Biology, Microbiology, Botany, Zoology..I could keep going
• I am absolutely in love with aviation!
• I’m heartbroken that I won’t ever get the chance to beat The Stig, in the only true Top Gear show there ever will be.
• I am a US ARMY veteran.
• When I was 13 I broke into a middle school to use a Macintosh to attempt to build a website. I was caught and arrested before I could finish. I had to perform community service. Oddly enough and little known to the public… later in life I went to Sheriff’s academy and was a volunteer city patrol. Obedience isn’t high on my priorities in life these days.
• I love cars. Not corvettes, not mustangs, I said I love cars, not rubbish.
• I’m a huge PC gamer and Steam member for 14 years.
• I have my PADI scuba certification and my skydiving license. The quote “the moments you’re closest to death are the moments you feel the most alive” is very applicable. I live for those moments.
• I prefer to use observations, not judgments.
• There was a time I cared about material possessions and fancy shit. I once cared deeply about ego as well. I promise I won’t spend more time than typing this to care about the things we own or how physically attractive someone is. I’m rarely impressed. I assess others by their actions in life and their lasting impact on others.
• Ich bin Deutsche und 私はまた、日本の一部だと 한국어뿐만 아니라
• Once you get to a certain point in life certain individuals realize that you truly can do anything in this world. Anything is possible. At that point in time… the largest challenge becomes the decision behind “what do you want to be known for in this life?“, “What impact do you want to leave?“. That’s where my head is currently at.
• I love KSP, DOTA, Fallout series, The Witcher series, Mass Effect series, and Skyrim series. I’m a Steam veteran of 14 years. DLC’s are lame. Funding Alpha’s in Dev is a major no-no.
• I advocate against traditional education. I think it’s amusing and extremely ironic that some of my successful tech friends are paid large sums of money… to go back to the colleges they dropped out from to speak to the future generations on “how to succeed”. Or how my friend Brenden donated 31 million to the college he dropped out of. My belief is that with tuned perception, life itself, nature, and self experimentation are the greatest professors in life. It sure as shit isn’t the over-payed tenure riding Ivy League professors infected with personal opinions that’s making forward progress with today’s generations. That’s a statistical proven fact, not an opinion.
• My affinity for Apple is well known and stemmed from my father, who would program on his Apple II computers through the night. I’d sit in his lap and watch. This was in 1982-83. He was brilliant and well educated…but he was born ahead of his time. In 1984 he counterfeited large sums of money and landed himself on the FBI’s most wanted list, he left the family and fled the country and was never seen again. While some guys have “daddy issues”, later in life after much reflection and acceptance, I couldn’t help but appreciate the difficult life I went through. It made me who I am today. I am very grateful for it. And my dad’s still a rockin roller badass in my mind. In the end it gave me the tremendous ability to factually say… “I did all this on my own”. No mommy and daddy, No loans, no scholarships, no financing, no credit cards. If you don’t have the cash to buy something…you literally can’t afford it.
• I prefer scientific facts, not emotionally charged beliefs.
• I think suits and ties are for individuals that desire to impress others. I do not believe that my outfit is a sign of my intelligence or abilities. I’ve looked stupid 10,000 times in my life. I’m sure there will be amusing moments again.
• I quickly and humbly admit if I am wrong. My subsequent actions show the integrity of my remorse.
• I used to be very involved in the “hardcore CPU overclocking” in the mid 90’s scene. Geeky! I modified and designed phase change systems for sub temperature overclocking similar to the Prometeia units and Mach I, Mach II units. There wasn’t a GPU that didn’t get a volt-mod and overclocked hacked firmware. This opened up my interest in thermodynamics (in relation to computers, microchips, semiconductors, and advanced weapon designs that I developed later in life).
• I was once homeless and ate fast food leftovers from trash cans. Consequently I’ve lost count how many times I had food poisoning. My unfortunate salvation was being sent to a WASSP facility in Thompson Falls, Montana. All WASSP facilities have since been shut down for child/teen deaths and abuse. I am a WASSP survivor. I’m a survivor period and always will be, it’s clearly evident in my patterns.
• I believe that human language is the largest bottleneck to human evolution. There is no global organization focused on the advancement of the human language. I think that’s unbelievable. If you had the desire from birth to learn all encompassing written, verbal, and multimedia knowledge of mankind, mathematically it would be impossible for any individual to learn everything within the limits of a human lifespan. Every 44 seconds there is enough video content uploaded to youtube to watch for 275 years straight. We need to increase the biological and sociological input process of information.
• ThePirateBay supported my (now defunct) tech blog “FailedExE” (“Failed executable”) for a decade. On FailedExE I had tutorials for how to hack powerbook sensors for fun , UI tricks in Linux (like fonts, I have a keen affinity for UI/UX), teach people how to wifi hack, and made (now) embarrassing “Top Gear style” computer tech reviews, even the (now) internet celebs Tay Zonday and Mike Diva appearing. I would always rock the TPB hat every time I film. It’s ironic symbolism. It’s also my way of saying FU to the stodgy old Hollywood industry that needs a complete overhaul.
…I had too many DMCA issues with FailedExE, unfortunately I lost that battle as well…the site no longer exists.
• I attribute a lot of my innovation, perspectives, and creativity from experimenting with LSD from a very early age. You can either dislike this comment, or understand it. I could care less either way.
• I closed and pulled down: TechSprout.org – My third world S.T.E.M. endeavor, SoapCreativeGroup.com – My creative agency, ConsultoriaInc.com – My film production company, FailedExE.com – My technology reviews and hacker blog, homelessinterviews.com – My 50 interviews w/homeless folks film project, SourKimchee.com – My ghost blog, SpaceinaBox.com – My kids educational apps suite, and about a dozen other companies and websites. This has caused a significant withdrawal of backlinks that guided search engine traffic to the appropriate locations online for the keyword “David Leach”. I just stopped caring.
• If you don’t love Clint Eastwood, we have nothing in common.
• I have a deep affinity for fonts, logos, and typography.
This is me:
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I love technology. However I like to unplug more often than not these days. If I don’t respond quickly. I am most likely in the middle of nowhere. My social media is sporadic in posting due to this.Ethics & Etiquette: This website is my personal site and does not reflect the opinions or beliefs of the companies I am invested in or associated with.