We’re the Software Studio that Takes Innovation To The Masses


Top startups are inundated with opportunities to deploy their revolutionary advances through partnerships with established brands. Often these partnership are turned down because they distract from the startup’s core focus and ultimate goals.

The Vain Company helps startups leverage the real world feedback, press, and revenue these client service opportunities can yield. All with little to no diversion of internal resources.

A deep history of building highly polished software experience for big brands, based on cutting edge technology, empowers us to bring even the earliest innovations to the masses. Our freethinking entrepreneurial mindset structures creative win-win scenarios with the most ambitious companies on the planet.


Advanced Technology is our Baseline



Greatness isn't Built Overnight


Steven Schkolne earned his PhD from Caltech in 2003 by building the first full body painting system for virtual reality. After nearly a decade of working as a hired gun on high-tech projects for the likes of Disney, BMW, and Microsoft, in 2010 Steven founded Vain Media to bring passionate, like-minded individuals together behind a common cause. The early focus of the business was on deploying high-end mobile marketing experiences for big brands.

This direction was a massive success, with our reputation for on-time, perfect execution resulting in a number of high-profile projects that garnered tens of millions of impressions for major motion pictures (Anchorman 2, Django Unchained, the X-Men series). The team also explored rich applications in the form of ‘advertising products’ in app form for the likes of Tylenol, L’Oreal, and Coca-Cola. This phase of the business sharpened our scale deployment techniques as well as capabilities in design and user experience.

These large scale marketing deployments, however, left advanced technology out of the mix. In 2015 Dr. Schkolne regrouped the business to focus on his latent passion for working at the forefront of technology. A new leadership team comprised of the brightest minds from Caltech and Harvard discovered a new gap in the ecosystem between value generated by startup tech platforms, and the needs of established concerns. Now Vain Media makes future tech a present, profitable reality for innovative companies in a variety of market segments.





We take Innovation as Seriously as the Brands we Work with

Steven will change your perception of reality and of what is possible. He can effortlessly integrate technologies which would take you a lifetime to understand with pop-culture and a post modern aesthetics, see a path where you see nothing, can produce small miracles in no time but more importantly he is just a great person to work with.
— Alain Demour Head of Product and Technology, Groupon
A phenomenal developer, and an absolute pleasure to work with.
— Noah Young, VP Digital Marketing, 20th Century Fox

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