Bill Banta

Bill Banta - Give'r Ambassadorlafayette, ca

From as early as I can remember, I wanted to be a fighter pilot. Fully committing to my dream, I joined the U.S. Navy after college. Going into my final flight physical, the doctors uncovered a minor issue with one of my eyes which meant I could never fly for the military. This was hugely disappointing, but as Walt Disney said: “You may not know it at the time, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing for you."

Over the next several years, I was lucky enough to travel abroad while working for Apple and Square. My time outside of the US allowed me to meet new people, experience different cultures, and learn a great deal about how products go from visionary concept to reality. I discovered a passion for my work that I never would have found had I stayed in the Navy. This experience cemented my belief that good things will happen if you take your frustrations and focus that energy into something positive.

Over the last three years, I have been working with a great team on CENTR, a panoramic video camera. We believe that it's impossible to capture life’s stories through a single lens and we want people to come out from behind their camera phone and go back to experiencing life in the first person. There have been many highs and lows, but working on a product that so many people said was impossible has been both a humbling and exciting journey!