Root Virtual Reality provides a platform of therapeutic and educational virtual reality tools that allow children from adverse home environments to better adapt to change and ultimately become well-adjusted and highly contributing community members while also training and educating parents to better understand and accommodate these children.
David Waltenbaugh, Founder and Co-CEO of Root Virtual Reality
Jeff Rimmer, Founder and Co-CEO of Root Virtual Reality
What does a typical day look like for you?
David: Most mornings start off with a snuggle-turned-wrestling match with my two amazing daughters and wonderful wife, followed by a trip downstairs for a couple of our chickens’ fresh eggs and a cup of black coffee. After getting the girls started off on their days I generally plug right in, preferring to kick things off with the personal connections — emails, phone calls, and meetings — which always seem to jumpstart my excitement and inspiration for the day. And when I’m lucky enough to have the house to myself I plug in my Gibson, crank my Marshall to eleven, and pretend I’m Pete Townshend playing Live at Leeds.
Jeff: With 6 children, there is no such thing as a ‘typical’ day. However, my days do generally start with the sound of laughter, yelling, and constant hustle to get everyone out the door. Thankfully, my wife is the greatest person I know and somehow has orchestrated structure in an otherwise chaotic world. I usually have a banana and water while reading articles and catching up with what’s going on in the world. When I am not in meetings, on the phone, or emailing, I am spending countless hours dreaming, scheming, and figuring out how I can be useful in this world.
What inspired you to start your company?
David: After being introduced to the incredible power of virtual reality to connect, educate, and heal in entirely new ways I felt compelled to join the ranks of the many determined to use the technology for good; when I discovered the critical necessity of improving so many of the health and wellness services being provided to children in the social care system I found an opportunity to make my passion a reality.
Jeff: I have had a few companies of my own in the past and typically my inspiration has definitely been based on something I am passionate about. However, with Root, I feel organically connected and inspired in a way that goes beyond just passion. I can personally relate to the problem that we are attempting to solve. This is more than a feeling of trying to start something of my own that makes me feel fulfilled, we are attempting to enrich and fulfill the lives of many children so that they can have a fair shot at a successful future. This is a no-brainer to me.
What’s your favorite thing about Virginia?
David: Virginia offers just about everything I could ask of a location — from the water to the east and the mountains in the west to family, friends, inspiration, and opportunity.
Jeff: Virginia is home. Every great moment I have ever created in life, I have done it in Virginia. I am proud to be a Virginian because I think we are a people of passion and persistence. This place is full of history, natural beauty, and modern amenities! My favorite thing about Virginia is that there is a sense of comradery and southern hospitality. We are proud yet humble people always looking out for our neighbors. Two up two down!