Bill Malloy, an investor and entrepreneur specializing in the technology sector, is a founding general partner of Sway Ventures. Bill Malloy also serves on the board of directors for a number of corporations, including Penrose Studios.
Penrose Studios is a startup that creates and produces films and short stories for virtual and augmented reality. The company recently released a virtual reality movie entitled Allumette. One of the first of its kind, Allumette tells a touching story of love and sacrifice loosely based on the Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen, and features stunning imagery created by the artists at Penrose.
The founder of Penrose believes that virtual reality movies are an entirely new genre of entertainment that will eventually replace conventional cinema. A movie seen in virtual reality allows the viewer to play a part in the story, experiencing it more intimately and personally.
Allumette has received acclaim from reviewers and news outlets alike. The longest virtual reality film released to date, Allumette is available for PlayStation VR, Oculus, Viveport, and SteamVR.
An alumnus of Clemson University with a BS in chemical engineering and the University of Southern California with an MBA, Bill Malloy has established a career as a financier with several investments in technology companies. During his personal time, Bill Malloy enjoys watching movies and counts The Boondock Saints among his favorites.
The Boondock Saints tells the story of twins on a vigilante mission to rid Boston of its crooks. Below are some interesting facts about the film:
- The script was based on some true events. Troy Duffy, the film’s writer and director, previously worked as a bartender in Los Angeles. Inspired by what he saw during that time, including a drug dealer steal from a corpse, he decided to incorporate such events into the cult classic.
- The film had limited theatrical release. Because of the tragic events that had occurred at Columbine High School less than a year before its release, the film, which is relatively violent, was shown in only five theaters for just one week.
- Word-of-mouth boosted sales. Although the film failed to make an impact during its theatrical release, DVD sales combined with box office revenues to yield $260 million worldwide due largely to word-of-mouth. Eventually, the sequel, The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day, was released in 2009.
Bill Malloy co-founded Sway Ventures along with Brian Nugent in 2013, and has since served as general partner at the venture capital firm, which is dedicated to investing in early stage and early growth technology firms that want to change the world through software.