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Sketchfab’s $2 Million Funding Should Mean Lots More Fun 3-D Renderings of New Tech Gear

Sketchfab announced on Thursday that it has raised a $2 million funding round as it seeks to become “the YouTube of 3-D renderings.”

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The funding comes from existing angel investors along with Balderton Capital, Partech Ventures, Borealis Ventures and TechStars founder David Cohen.

“I’m thrilled to announce that we have just closed a new round of financing which will help us carry our vision to the next level, and become THE platform and community for 3-D models on the web,” CEO Alban Denoyel said in a blog post. “We’re still at the beginning and a long road lies ahead. It means we can continue building the best in-browser 3-D viewing technology and platform.”

Hopefully, the money means that the company will also be able to keep making its renderings of just-announced tech gear, as it did this week with Amazon’s Prime Air drone.

Amazon Prime Air Drone from Mestaty on Sketchfab.


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