Steven LaValle Overview

  • Investor Type
  • Angel

  • Investments
  • 2

  • Portfolio
  • 1

  • Exits
  • 1


Steven LaValle General Information


Dr. Steven LaValle serves as Strategic Advisor at OCA Ventures. He has previously worked with Oculus VR. He is a highly successful engineering professor and entrepreneur. He has over 20 years of research and development experience in a broad set of areas, including virtual reality, robotics, computer vision, filtering, sensor fusion, artificial intelligence, control systems, and perceptual psychology. He has published three books on virtual reality and robotics, over 150 scientific articles, and introduced Rapidly exploring Random Trees, which form the leading approach to robot planning. He has taught at Stanford University and Iowa State, and since 2001 has been a professor of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In addition to his academic accomplishments, he was the chief scientist at Oculus VR up until the $2 billion Facebook acquisition in 2014. He started working with Oculus VR a few days after their 2012 Kickstarter campaign; he developed head tracking methods based on IMUs and computer vision, and led a team of perceptual psychologists to solve human factors issues in virtual reality. He is currently an investor and adviser to startups in addition to continuing his university role. Steve holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois.

Contact Information

Primary Investor Type
Angel (individual)
Primary Office
  • Metsänneidonkuja 10
  • 02130 Espoo
  • Finland
+358 040 0000000

Steven LaValle Investments (2)

Company Name Deal Date Deal Type Deal Size Industry Company Stage Lead Partner
Lightform 03-Jun-2019 Later Stage VC 00.000 Computers, Parts and Peripherals Generating Revenue 000000 0000000 00.0
00000000 03-Jun-2016 00000 00000 000.00 Application Software Generating Revenue 000000 0000000 00.0
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Steven LaValle Exits (1)

Company Name Exit Date Exit Type Exit Size
00000000 21-Nov-2017 000000000000000000 00000
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Steven LaValle Team (1)

Name Title Deals Funds Boards Office
Steven LaValle Ph.D Angel Investor 0 0 Chicago, IL
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Steven LaValle Co-Investors (3)

Name With Exits Lead Partner Series Industry
Amazon Alexa Fund 1 0 Series chart Industry bar
Baidu Ventures 0 0 Series chart Industry bar
Illinois Ventures 0 0 Series chart Industry bar
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