"I could have continued that career," Popper says.
"I could have gone to work for big companies, become head of research.
On a whim, he took a science fiction writing class at UCLA.
While he admits that his brainstorm seems wild even now after taking on several large corporations and even NATO, the principle behind SciFutures remains straightforward: Harness the imaginations of science fiction writers and the knowledge of industry experts to help clients prepare for potential obstacles and opportunities.
This can take the form of graphic novels, virtual reality, film, websites and even physical props and nothing is considered too weird.
Visa's experience was more practical: SciFutures built a car interior to demo a concept for in-car mobile payments.