Palmer Luckey is the original founder and designer of Oculus Rift. Before starting Oculus VR, he worked as an engineer at USC's Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT) in the Mixed Reality lab, where he contributed to research and development of virtual reality systems and head-mounted displays. Palmer is also known for having the world's largest collection of VR headsets and founding the ModRetro Forums.
Community is what makes any technology successful. If you don't have a bunch of people helping you, you have to work a lot harder to succeed.