Meron Gribetz

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Meron Gribetz
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ResidenceCalifornia, U.S.
Alma materColumbia University
OccupationCEO, Meta

Meron Gribetz is an Israeli technology entrepreneur[1][2] and the founder and CEO of Meta,[3][4][5] a Silicon Valley company that produced augmented reality products (the company shut down in 2019).[6][7][8]

Early life and education[edit]

Meron Gribetz was born and raised in Israel, where he worked for a number of national start-ups, as well as served in a technological unit in the Israel Defense Forces.[9][10] Beginning in 2009, he attended Columbia University in New York, where he studied computer science and neuroscience. He left Columbia shortly before the end of his studies to embark on his tech career.[11][12][13] At Columbia, Meron conceived of the idea of a “natural machine” that would replace keyboards, mice, and touchscreens with a more intuitive interface.


In 2012, while at Columbia University, Meron built a prototype AR headset by hacking a pair of 3D glasses from Epson and fusing them with an Intel-made camera that could track hand movements.[14] In 2013, he founded Meta. The company was accepted into Y-Combinator (YC13).[15][16][17][18] In 2014, Meta produced a see-through pair of glasses that allowed wearers to move and manipulate 3D content and holograms using hand gestures.[19][20] The project received one million dollars in seed funding and support from Paul Graham and Steve Mann.

In 2018, Meta furloughed most of its one-hundred employees on short notice after it failed to secure another round of venture-capital funding.[21] In 2019, the company declared itself insolvent and sold all its assets in a foreclosure sale.[22]


In 2016, Meron Gribetz introduced the Meta 2 at TED conference (TED). The Meta 2 consisted of an augmented reality headset that made it possible for users to see, grab, interact with, and move holograms in a natural fashion.[23] At TED, Gribetz suggested this new technology was designed to allow users to interact with virtual objects yet maintain their sense of presence and interaction with their natural surroundings rather than being focused or distracted by traditional 2D computer screens.[24]


  • "30 Under 30 Awards" in the Technology category by Forbes.[25]
  • The best heads-up display award for the Meta Pro at the Consumer Electronics Show.[26]
  • Wired’s list of “25 Geniuses Who Are Creating the Future of Business.”[27]
  • "Innovators Under 35" (Honoree of MIT Technology Review, 2016)[28]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "30 under 30 by Forbes". Forbes. Retrieved 28 May 2016.
  2. ^ "Best of CES". TechCrunch. Retrieved 28 May 2016.
  3. ^ "TED 2016: Meta augmented reality headset demoed at TED". British Broadcast Corporation. BBC. Retrieved 28 May 2016.
  4. ^ "Meta's Meron Gribetz and the rise of the natural machine". CNET. Retrieved 28 May 2016.
  5. ^ "Meron Gribetz: A glimpse of the future through an augmented reality headset". NYCaribNews. Retrieved 28 May 2016.
  6. ^ "Meron Gribetz Wants To Build The IOS Of The Mind". Forbes. Retrieved 28 May 2016.
  7. ^ "How Is Meta Different Than Google Glass?". Bloomberg.
  8. ^ "Meta - Google Glass Reborn as Something You'd Actually Want to Wear". Wired.
  9. ^ "This engineer replaced his 4 monitors with Meta glasses — and it might be the future of work". Business Insider. Retrieved 29 May 2016.
  10. ^ "Meta's Meron Gribetz and the rise of the natural machine". CNET.
  11. ^ "ROCKSTAR PROFILE: MERON GRIBETZ". {M Journal. Retrieved 29 May 2016.}
  12. ^ "Australian behind futuristic Iron Man-style Meta SpaceGlasses says they're the future of the PC". The Sydney Morning Herald.
  13. ^ "Meron Gribetz: A glimpse of the future through an augmented reality headset". New York CaribNews. Retrieved 29 May 2016.
  14. ^ Olson, Parmy. "Startup Meta Challenges Google Glass With Sleek, $3,000 Smart Glasses". Forbes. Retrieved 2017-03-26.
  15. ^ "Meta (YC S13) augmented reality glasses now available for pre-order, does what Glass can't". Y Combinator.
  16. ^ "Y Combinator Summer 2013 Demo Day, Batch 2: Meet Meta, Lob, Amulyte, Weilos And More". TechCrunch.
  17. ^ "CORRECTING and REPLACING Meta Launches Meta 2, First "Natural Machine" Augmented Reality Product - Business Wire". 7 March 2016. Retrieved 28 May 2016.
  18. ^ "Daily Exchange - Posting". Retrieved 28 May 2016.
  19. ^ "Meron Gribetz Wants To Build The IOS Of The Mind". Retrieved 28 May 2016.
  20. ^ "AR entrepreneurs mapping out mind-bending trip". The Japan Times. Retrieved 28 May 2016.
  21. ^ Wang, Selina (September 9, 2018). "Trade War Is Hurting Silicon Valley Augmented Reality Startup". Retrieved 2018-09-23.
  22. ^ Strange, Adario (January 11, 2019) "" Next Reality News. (Retrieved January 12, 2019.)
  23. ^ "First 'natural machine' augmented reality product Meta 2 launches to developers". Retrieved 29 May 2016.
  24. ^ "Meta Shows Off Their Next-gen AR Glasses on Stage at TED". Road to VR!. Retrieved 29 May 2016.
  25. ^ "Forbes 30 under 30". Forbes Media LLC.
  26. ^ "The Best of Consumer Electronics Show 2014". Retrieved 29 May 2016.
  27. ^ "25 GENIUSES WHO ARE CREATING THE FUTURE OF BUSINESS". Wired. Retrieved 29 May 2016.
  28. ^ "Meta's Meron Gribetz is Recognized as an Honoree of MIT Technology Review's 2016 Innovators Under 35 List". Yahoo. Yahoo. Retrieved 7 Sep 2016.

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