Five years ago, I founded The Wild with a vision to build a virtual workspace for architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) teams. I believed that we could leverage XR (Augmented and Virtual Reality) to enable the next generation of collaboration for designers and builders.
In the time since we have built a world-class team distributed across 3 countries and 11 states. We have 700+ customers, including many industry leading companies using our products, The Wild and IrisVR. We are enabling thousands of professionals to validate ideas, make decisions, and literally build the future together.
Today, we are taking a giant leap forward on this journey. The Wild is a workspace where our customers can experience their data together from anywhere in the world. The worldwide leader in software to design, make, coordinate, and share this data is Autodesk. That is why I am thrilled to announce that The Wild will join Autodesk.
Headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area, Autodesk has 11,500 employees spread across the world. They were the inventors of CAD-drawing in the 1980s (digital hand drawing), and when 3D modeling was invented in the late 90s, it was them that ended up establishing and defining the BIM category in the 2000s (Revit). Autodesk has been innovating for 40 years and they show no signs of slowing down.
They understand that XR will revolutionize data interaction and project collaboration for professionals, especially for those in the AEC industry. They understand that this shift will profoundly change the way their customers work together across all the industries that they serve.
This acquisition represents their commitment to lead the way in XR and to further deliver integrated solutions that leverage their core products like Autodesk Construction Cloud (Autodesk BIM 360, Autodesk Build) Autodesk Revit, and Autodesk Navisworks.
To our customers: You may not know this, but all our best ideas come from you. We have been humbled to learn from you and are inspired by you again and again. I am truly grateful for your time, partnership, and commitment to evangelizing the vision we share.
The Wild is joining Autodesk but don’t worry, we aren’t going anywhere. Now is a better time than ever before to collaborate in The Wild and IrisVR. If you haven’t yet tried our tools, we would be glad to introduce you to the benefits of XR collaboration.
To our talented team members: You have committed to take on massive challenges and triumphed again and again. You have the courage to fail and succeed and improve every day. You have been kind and empathetic. Even on the hard days, I have been grateful to be surrounded by such wonderful people. I am thankful for the opportunity to work with and learn from each of you. This is your victory.
To our investors: Thank you for the opportunity to build this company — especially from our early investors: OVF, Elevate Capital, and at.inc/. You saw our vision for XR before many others could understand it. Your support, advice, and encouragement made the difference in ensuring our success.
We couldn’t be more proud of what we have accomplished together. We are so excited for the future and looking forward to discovering what we can build together.
See you soon in The Wild.
Read the press release.