The Vision to Build New Worlds. The Research to Back It Up.
As an organization, Virbela has an understanding of human psychology at its core. That’s something that transmits through the virtual worlds we build for our customers. Ultimately, Virbela was created by people for people.
When Alex Howland was a student doing his PhD in behavioral and organizational psychology, he carried out research on the impact of simulated training environments on individuals, compared to equivalent real-life scenarios. Alex’s pioneering work found that virtual training had an almost identical psychological effect on attendees as you’d expect after a real-life, in-person session.
A spark was lit and the future of remote work and learning changed forever. Alex’s findings fueled a hunger to go further, starting work on an immersive, virtual reality platform that focused on education and team development. This innovative approach to connecting dispersed colleagues and students caught the eye of a business enterprise body, who promptly awarded Alex a $50,000 grant to start what is now, Virbela.
Fast forward just a few short years and, having raised $1.7 million to develop the idea into a go-to solution for a borderless organizational structure, the final piece of the puzzle was put into place. Forward-thinking real-estate brokerage eXp Realty was so impressed that they acquired Virbela’s core group of products and services, and the rest is not history, but the future.