Co-Founder and Coaching Consultant

Joshua Bostick earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Stanford University and was the Social Science Research Coordinator of the Virtual Human Interaction Lab (VHIL) in Stanford, California.  His Master’s thesis,  Experiencing nature: Embodying animals in immersive virtual environments increases inclusion of nature in self and involvement with nature (2016, Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication), investigated virtual reality technologies’ ability to increase empathy through body-transfer, where experiment subjects embodied the avatar of a shorthorn cow in a fully immersive virtual environment.  He has been working in the virtual reality technologies space since 2009 with three years of experience as a Protocol Director creating, designing, and running experiments at the Virtual Human Interaction Lab.

     Prior to returning to Stanford to become the Social Science Research Coordinator of the Virtual Human Interaction Lab, Joshua has worked as a Communication and Technology Consultant at Ray Group International, UX Product Manager at SAP developing B2B and B2C mobile applications focused on 3D visualizations and mobile virtual reality solutions, taught in the Department of Engineering at Stanford University for three years, and as a freelance contractor and consultant for startups in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.

     He is a co-founder of Bostick Global Strategies (BGS) and is their acting technology consultant.  His role and responsibilities are to cultivate and develop business partnerships with companies and organizations that will benefit from virtual reality technologies’ ability to provide effective and unique solutions for their business needs.  As a serial entrepreneur, Joshua has started more than 8 companies focusing on augmented reality, virtual reality, and mobile applications focused on education and social welfare.  He has led multiple projects working with distributed teams (Palo Alto, CA - New York City, NY - Arlington, VA -London, England - Shanghai, China) from ideation to marketplace delivery.  As a Certified Scrum Master and Agile Methodologies Practioner of 10+ years he is highly skilled and experienced at managing the entire software design lifecycle as well as bringing his UI/UX research expertise to the process in order to eliminate impediments for his development teams while effectively communicating rapid application development changes to key stakeholders. 

   Joshua currently lives in the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area, where he is studying at The George Washington University to earn his Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIST) focusing on social entrepreneurship and machine learning respectively.  He is also earning his doctorate from the University of Southern California and will begin his dissertation defense in November 2020. He travels between the San Francisco Bay Area and Washington D.C. to fulfill his responsibilities as a technology consultant to Bostick Global Strategies and their clients.

Contact Information

Joshua J. Bostick

Phone#: 650-946-6047

Academic and Scientific Publications:

1. Virtual reality perspective-taking increases cognitive empathy for specific others.

publication descriptionvan Loon A, Bailenson J, Zaki J, Bostick J, Willer R (2018) Virtual reality perspective-taking increases cognitive empathy for specific others. PLoS ONE 13(8): e0202442.

2. Embodying nature’s experiences: Taking the perspective of nature with immersive virtual environments to promote connectedness with nature.

Ahn, S. J., Bostick, J., Ogle, E., & Bailenson, J. N. (2015). Publication date Sep 14, 2016Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication