Bill Nguyen is the mad scientist behind Lala, which Apple bought in 2009, and most recently Color, a video broadcasting app for smartphones that lets you share what you’re doing with friends no matter where you are. Color got off to a rough start when it launched last year, and even turned down a $200 million offer from Google, but Nguyen is far from discouraged. He took some time to talk to us about building big things, failing at other things, and even the benefits of owning a nice down jacket. You can find him on Twitter at @BillNguyen.
What technology in the market today is most exciting to you? Where will it be in 5 years?
Digital cinema and photography. How we see film and TV will be transformed by the super high resolution cameras at Red. I can’t wait for The Hobbit. That technology is trickling down to phones. The processing power on smartphones will soon reach a level where we won’t have to choose between pictures and videos, recorded or live. We’ll have everything. Our phone cameras will be a perfect window into what we’re experiencing. The challenge is nailing the user experience. We’re working on software designed around the “metal” or hardware on the phones to get there faster.
I’ve noticed that you like wearing down coats. Why do you like them so much? Where, physically, is human evolution headed?
I’m obsessed with puffy down jackets. No matter where I am it feels like I’m still in bed. We’re headed toward the singularity, right? Brains in a jar. Teleportation.