ROLI Raises $27.0 Million To Fund Seaboard RISE
...to support production and global marketing. Roland Lamb, founder and CEO of ROLI said, “We’re thrilled to be partnering with some of the world’s most experienced investors as we revolutionize how people express themselves through music. And as we continue this journey, we are looking for everyone—from coders and makers to composers and musicians—to join the ROLI team as we change the shape of music.”
Ryan McIntyre, partner at Foundry Group, said: “We’ve had the opportunity to partner with companies at the forefront of Connected Health, Connected Play, and other areas where the intersection of physical and digital technologies is transforming the way we live. We’re tremendously excited to be working with Roland and the ROLI team to transform and connect how people make music.”
The Seaboard Rise is a remodeled piano keyboard, equipped with a soft, smooth, touch-responsive surface that lets music-makers shape sound through five dimensions of touch. In October 2015, Roli acquired Blend, a cloud-based music-sharing platform. Two months later, the company launched NOISE, a free iOS app that turns iPhones and iPads into expressive musical instruments. Apple Stores feature the app on demonstration units of iPhones.
Roli previously raised $12.8 million in venture capital funding and maintains offices in London, New York, and Los Angeles. Seaboard Rise keyboards are currently available in 200 retail outlets in 15 countries.
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