Just over five years ago, I flew to Austin to appear on a panel about VR and music at SXSW. At the time, I was still working in the music startup space, but was curious about VR and how it could be used in the music industry. One of my fellow panelists was a VR director named Kevin Cornish, and after the panel we stayed in touch. Within a few months, I had joined his new VR production company, Moth+Flame, doing business development and a bit of everything else, including arranging production insurance, learning how to use InDesign to update…


By now, most people have seen the horrifying video of a 65-year-old Filipino woman, Vilma Kari, being brutally attacked as the staff in a condo building look on and at one point, close the building door, rather than trying to intervene. As the number of attacks on the AAPI community mount, many of us are starting to think about how we would step in if we witnessed an attack — but knowing how to react in the heat of the moment is something many of us simply aren’t ever taught.

Many years ago, I witnessed a violent fight between a…


Being confronted with your own bias is never enjoyable. Several years ago, I was training a colleague on some new procedures, and I just forwarded along a detailed text document and told him to reach out if he had questions. A few days later, I followed up with him, and he admitted he hadn’t gotten all the way through it, despite the fact that a document like that would have only taken me an hour to read, at most. I was frustrated and internally questioned his commitment to the job, but then, luckily, he chose to confide in me. He…


The number of companies creating VR applications for training and education has grown exponentially in recent years, and on balance that’s a great thing. As the technology becomes more available and more normalized, we are starting to see amazing results, including a 75% decrease in training costs and a 31% decrease in employee turnover, from projects we have worked on.

Unfortunately, as VR becomes more accessible, the number of people creating bad VR applications has risen as well. Think of VR like Twitter — a platform many people can use but few can use well. Anyone can post a tweet…


Matthew honestly thought he was a great manager.

He’d practically grown up in his family’s steel business and had risen through the ranks when he started working there after college. HIs entire life he’d been good-looking, athletic, and popular, and people listened to him whenever he spoke. When employees mentioned to him that they were being ignored, or spoken over, or left out, he felt some sympathy but couldn’t relate, and could only offer the same old advice about speaking up more.

Then Matthew put on a VR headset.

For the next eight minutes, he found himself in a position…


VR can prevent this from happening to your company (a deep cut for all my Law and Order SVU heads out there)

Here is a short list of things corporate bosses and managers have done to me:

Screamed at me in the middle of a newsroom

Thrown a Blackberry at me (and no, I did not work for Naomi Campbell)

Yelled at me because we weren’t covering a story, when the link to the story we “weren’t covering” she sent me came from our own publication

All manner of sexual harassment, from the overt questions about my personal life to subtle microaggressions

And so on, and so on.

Now, these various awful bosses have all continued to fail upwards, and pull the…


Monica is a young mother at the end of her rope. She’s cobbling together a living at minimum wage jobs, crashing with her unemployed boyfriend, who might have anger and substance abuse issues, and caring for a young child with asthma and a baby who is failing to thrive. On top of that, her ex-boyfriend has called children’s services to report her for negligence, one more stressor in a fractured and chaotic life.

Luckily, Monica gets a caseworker who cares, asks the right questions, and is understanding and empathetic. Things start to move in the right direction…and then, that case…


Tell your employees to clear out a space in their home office. Send them a VR headset. Have them plug it in and charge it up. Now they’re ready for an afternoon of discovery and learning in the new world of virtual reality.

Yes, it’s that easy.

If you choose to use the new Oculus Quest, it’s only $299 for 64GB of RAM; it weighs under two pounds. But you don’t need to know RAM from ROM to use and enjoy the new headset. …


Earlier today, UK-based virtual concert startup MelodyVR announced it was buying Napster, which you probably remember as the music piracy service that almost got you kicked out of college for using too much bandwidth. In recent years, Napster struck licensing deals with labels and was bought and sold, but never achieved the market penetration of services like Spotify or Apple Music; it was most recently owned by Rhapsody and repacked as a B2B music play.

With this acquisition, MelodyVR is taking a direct shot at the Wave, whose most recent partnership with The Weeknd and TikTok drew huge buzz. Until…


AlwayS go OUT in an Ice St0Rm.❄️

In January of 2005, I ignored dire weather reports and went to see a friend’s band play 🎶, only to run into an old colleague who wound up making me a LIFE changing job offer that night.

10 years later, I braved the cold to go see EMA, an indie musician, play a show at MoMA PS1 in Queens 👸 as part of the performance, members of the audience put on an Oculus DK1 and did a short VR experience. …

Cortney Harding

Founder and CEO at Friends With Holograms. Adjunct at NYU. Bylines Billboard, Ad Week. Speaker. Ultrarunner in my spare time.

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