In his talk, Jon discussed many of his insights gained from working in the industry, including the pros and cons of small companies and big companies (at small companies you have a bigger contribution to the end product, but it is much less risky and stressful to work at a big company), why he left Brightkite after only two months (wanted to get back into games), and what he thought was the greatest deficiency of ETC students entering the industry (communication… not so much presentations, but interpersonal communication and conflict resolution).
ETC students in particular should also be interested to know that Jon was one of the engineers originally responsible for helping make Panda3D usable by ETC students. Panda3D is of course still used by ETC students in BVW to this day. His other ETC projects included musical projects for the Jam-O-Drum, interactive real-time motion capture, and Virpets, a real-time virtual puppeteering system.
So, thanks to Jon for his enjoyable and insightful lecture. It was a very successful first-lecture, and we hope he will return next semester!