Holographic telepresence startup PORTL Inc. announced last week that it has secured a USD $3 million seed round of funding led by venture capitalist investor Tim Draper. PORTL is a proprietary display, design, & live video streaming software, content management, and delivery platform. The company’s first product, the Epic PORTL Hologram Machine allows people to “beam in” from remote locations for human sized, life-like interactive communication.
“I am thrilled by what David has accomplished to date and I am excited by the prospects of a new form of communication through PORTL,” said venture capitalist and investor Tim Draper, who is known for his early investments in startups including Tesla, Skype, Coindesk, SpaceX and Twitch.
PORTL founder and CEO, David Nussbaum, calls the company’s product “the first and only, completely self-contained, 4K resolution, single-passenger holoportation machine in the world.” Nussbaum continued: “Having not only Tim’s endorsement, but his partnership, is really the dream.” He added, “I created this machine based on my own experience in tech and entertainment and I knew people would be excited to have access to holographic telepresence in a compact device. Everyday we discover more uses for our PORTL machines, and I have no doubt they’ll soon be everywhere, bringing people together no matter how far apart they are on the map.” […]