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July 29, 2021

Lessons From Failure with Ultracast CEO Dmitry Kozko

When you invent an innovative new technology in the hottest space, it’s easy to get carried away with the possibilities when you should be focusing on your beachhead. That’s what happened to Dmitry and Rob when Dmitry invented a device capable of capturing 360 video and streaming it live across the world. The camera was lighter, cheaper and more compact than any of the solutions on the market raking in big VC money. The idea came from Dmitry watching racing and wanting to experience the race from inside the car, but knowing multiple GoPro rigs were too heavy and bulky in a sport where every gram counts. Rob, at the time, was looking for an opportunity in the VR space, and knew immediately that this was it. Dubbing the company Ultracast, they sent units all around the world that allowed people to travel to all of these locations in real-time with just their phones. But it was too much, too quickly, and they learned the hard way that they should have cornered the racing market and only then expanded to other experiences.

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strokeDMITRY KOZKO IS A TECHNICAL WIZARD DO-OR-DIER WITH AN INNOVATIVE SPIRIT

Dmitry Kozko founded Ultracast, a live streaming 360 VR hardware, and software company with Rob Dyrdek in 2017, and stepped away from the company in 2018. He founded premium video company, OpenFilm, in 2007 with actor James Caan as his partner. He currently serves as CEO of Motorsport Games, a public company.

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