In the last post in this short series, the Metaverse Insider gave our readers a taste of some of the companies in game and content production in the Metaverse. Today, we focus on pure content platforms — either in terms of startups empowering the community by way of production or those that create and distribute content.
Sketchfab is a French startup founded in 2012 by Alban Denoyel, Cédric Pinson and Pierre-Antoine Passet that is empowering a new era of creativity by making it easy for anyone to publish and find 3D content online. With a community of millions of creators who have published millions of models, it is the largest platform for immersive and interactive 3D. Additionally, Sketchfab’s store lets buyers and sellers transact 3D models with confidence using our real-time viewer and model inspector.
The company’s technology is integrated with every major 3D creation tool and publishing platform, and is compatible across every browser, operating system, desktop and mobile. It also supports VR and AR on compatible hardware. Sketchfab’s robust APIs let developers support direct uploading and downloading of 3D models and configure our embeddable 3D viewer as needed.
Sketchfab is a venture-backed company (FirstMark, Balderton, Partech, Borealis, Techstars) with offices in NYC and Paris that has raised a total of $12.1 million over seven rounds.
Founded in 2014 by Chris Milk and Aaron Koblin with the goal of expanding the potential of immersive storytelling, Within creates, acquires, and distributes premium AR and VR experiences across web, mobile, console and headsets including Oculus Quest/Rift/Go, Samsung Gear VR, HTC Vive, Sony Playstation®VR, Google Daydream, and Xiaomi MiVR. With its deep expertise in multi-media narrative, Within creates tools, formats and proprietary software to differentiate its original content and enable future immersive media creators.
To date, the company has raised a total of $52.6 million in funding over three rounds with investors that include Andreessen Horowitz, Temasek, Emerson Collective, 21st Century Fox, Raine Ventures, WME, Live Nation, Vice Media, Tribeca Enterprises, Annapurna Pictures, and Legendary Pictures.
SpaceVR is a San Francisco-based startup founded in 2014 by Ryan Holmes whose mission is to launch the highest resolution, 360, virtual reality camera ever launched into space so every person would have to opportunity to float in zero gravity like an astronaut.
Inspired by “The Overview Effect,” the company hopes to bring this experience of awe to humanity.
So far, SpaceVR has raised a modest $1.4 million in total funding to assist leader Holmes and his team in the launch of the world’s first virtual reality camera satellite in history.
4. Poplar Studio
Poplar Studio provides a platform that makes the production of AR campaigns simple, quick and affordable. Through the power of AR, it hopes to help people transform reality by building a more intuitive and fun world for everyone.
Based in London, Poplar Studio was founded in 2018 by David Ripert and Laurie Ainley and has raised some $3.5 million in funding to date.