a reply to: Mandy555
This is but a speck on the the scratch of the surface.
It's kind of our fault.
Below is just a small example.
And Pokè mon' Go. The designers of that game are of CIA origin so to speak. Niantic's John Hanke's founder.
~In his first post-college role, he spent four years with the United States Foreign Service in Washington, DC and overseas in Myanmar working on
foreign policy issues.~
Hanke later co-founded geospatial data visualization firm Keyhole in 2001 and acted as the firm's CEO. Early funding was provided by the corporate
venture group within Sony, and the startup was able to garner significant attention from the use of their mapping technology in media reporting
overlays during the early parts of the Iraq War. Keyhole's mapping technology was also noted by Google co-founder Sergey Brin, and the
freshly-public Google bought Keyhole in 2004 for $35 million in stock.
Hanke joined Google as a part of Keyhole's acquisition, and he became the Vice President of Product Management for the Geo division. During this
period, he oversaw the transformation of Keyhole's technology into Google Earth and Google Maps in 2005. He also negotiated an agreement to include
Google Maps on the iPhone. Other significant products followed, including StreetView, SketchUp, and Panoramio. During this period, he shaped a team
he would later use to form Niantic.
In 2010, Hanke was given resources to staff a gaming unit within Google and the new internal startup was dubbed Niantic Labs. Returning to his
gaming roots, the company crafted an augmented reality location-based multiplayer game called Ingress. The game had a million players within a year of
its 2013 release, and seven million by 2015.
Hanke led Niantic's split from Google in late 2015 and raised $30 million from Google, Nintendo and Pokémon. He stayed as the company's chief
executive and guided the firm through the release of the much-covered Pokémon Go in July 2016, which now generates more than $2 million in daily
Down the Rabbit Hole... Happy Hiding😉👍
edit on 7-3-2017 by Bigburgh because: (no reason given)