Last summer, Ian Shakil, then a recent graduate of Stanford business school, got to try on Google’s head-mounted computing device, Glass, earlier than almost anyone outside the company.

Hanging out with some Google employee friends at San Francisco’s Dolores Park, he put on a pair and decided he’d just glimpsed the future of computing. Shakil, who at the time was working as a consultant to MC10, a flexible electronics company, says, “I had that epiphany moment: I’d quit my job, and devote myself to creating a startup.”