Each project starts with an idea. Some ideas are further along than others. Some projects will start with 3D files while others will start with napkins sketches.
LAYR utilizes a worldwide vetted network of 3D modelers and engineers to fit any project’s requirements.
We use machine learning to analyze and teach our platform, ultimately automating parts of the 3D design and printing user experience.
We use a trusted, established network of digital manufacturers. When it is time to print or otherwise produce, we can recommend the best in the business.
After approvals and digital quality checks, your parts are manufactured in your chosen method & material.
Parts are professionally packed and shipped to your door.

Meet the Team

John Carrington

Founder / CEO

Before starting ZVerse in March 2013, John served as Executive Vice President of Business Development at Reachsmart Interactive, a 50 person digital marketing company, where he led the company’s sales efforts resulting in more than $20 million in annual sales online.

With over 15 years of experience in online customer acquisition, John saw an opportunity to solve the content problem for 3D printed consumer products by developing software to make the content people care about 3D printable with the click of a button.  In just 12 months, he led ZVerse from an idea on a napkin to a million dollar business by building an incredible team and attracting seed investments from world class angel investors.   The company’s early success led it to become the first company of it’s kind to be granted licensing rights by more than 30 major universities including Oregon, Notre Dame and Southern California.

In 2000, while in school, he co-founded award winning software company PageBuilder.com which enabled anyone to build their own professional website online.  PageBuilder was the first online website editor to feature a UI that matched desktop publishers.

John graduated in 2004 with a bachelors degree from the University of South Carolina.

Matt Oess


As Chief Sales Officer, Matt Oess brings nearly 20 years of sales, marketing, business development, and strategy leadership to ZVerse. With deep experience in technology, hardware, software, telecommunications, transportation, manufacturing, retail, and professional services he has an exceptional track record and reputation for growing companies.


Prior to ZVerse, Matt successfully executed senior sales and business development positions for Cisco Systems and Nortel Networks. Early in his career at General Motors/Delco Electronics, he incubated electronics products for GM vehicles, known today as XM satellite radio, OnStar, and vehicular navigation technologies.

Matt holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Yale University with concentrations in Strategy, Marketing, and Leadership. Prior to Yale, he earned a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University.

Shams Syed


Shams is the Chief Technology Officer. He leads the development of the 3D content creation applications and the proprietary 2D to 3D conversion automation systems.

Shams has more than 11 years of experience developing real time 3D applications and simulations with a focus in 3D game development and 3D game engine technology. Prior to joining ZVerse, Shams served as Chief Technology Officer of Anilogix where he led the product development and technology R&D.

Shams, a Fulbright Scholar, earned his Master of Engineering in Computer Science from the University of South Carolina. Shams is completing his doctorate of computer science in 2015 from the University of South Carolina.

Walter Alessandrini

Board Member

Walter Alessandrini is an investor and board member of ZVerse.

Prior to this, Walter was Chairman & CEO of Avanex, a Sequoia Capital portfolio company, which he led through a highly successful initial public offering and a period of fast growth. More recently, he was an investor and CEO of Ometric, another Sequoia Capital portfolio company, which was successfully sold to a Fortune 100 company. Walter previously served as President and CEO of both Pirelli Cables & Systems North America and Union Switch & Signal.

A native of Italy, he holds a doctorate in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Genoa.

Scot Wingo

Board Member

Scot Wingo, joined ZVerse as an investor and board member in September of 2014. Currently, Scot is the CEO, and co-founder of e-commerce software company ChannelAdvisor (NYSE: ECOM). Prior to launching ChannelAdvisor, Scot cofounded AuctionRover.com, which was acquired by GoTo.com and became GoTo Auctions (now a part of Yahoo!). Prior to AuctionRover he was the CEO and co-founder of Stingray Software, which was acquired by RogueWave.

Scot received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering from the University of South Carolina and a Master of Computer Engineering degree from North Carolina State University. Scot has received numerous awards including Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year and Triangle Business Journal’s Businessperson of the Year.

Wei-Chun Tai

Board Member

Wei-Chun is Partner in Mosley Ventures, a venture fund investing in early stage disruptive technologies in Atlanta and the Southeast. Wei-Chun worked with Sig Mosley for 3 years prior to the formation of Mosley Ventures. She directed all philanthropic efforts of the Mosley Foundation, focusing on providing educational program assistance to disadvantaged youth. Prior to joining Mosley Foundation, Wei-Chun was a financial analyst with NHCO, a wealth management firm with alternative and private equity investments niches.

Wei-Chun grew up in Taiwan and Gambia, West Africa. She has a Bachelor of Engineering from Feng-Chia University Taiwan and received her MBA in Finance from the University of Hartford.

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