Creative Gaming Studio Will Use Funds to Expand Hiring and Development Efforts
Oct 12th 2018: Leaftail Labs announced a Seed Series investment of $1.25 million from investors including Shasta Ventures, Maveron, Vulcan Capital, micro-funds, and angels. The new studio focuses on AR gaming, and the financing will be used to push the team’s hiring growth and for further investment into its content and technology platform.
“We are thrilled to be investing behind Jessie, Eli and the Leaftail Labs team through the Shasta Camera Fund,” said Jacob Mullins of Shasta Ventures. “The team’s native camera-first approach to Augmented Reality and depth of creative product vision is incredibly compelling; I have no doubt that they will be driving to redefine the immersive gaming landscape with their work.”
“Our mission is to build a new generation of immersive games that focus on player routine, place and social in the real world and we couldn’t be more excited about our funding partnerships,” said Jessie Quinn, CEO of Leaftail Labs.
Leaftail Labs is the culmination of Quinn and her co-founder Eli Tayrien’s combined decades in the video game industry as well as their recent focus on immersive technology and content while working for HBO. Collectively, the founders have helped ship a number of high profile franchises such as Halo, Destiny, Gears of War, Age of Empires and most recently an Emmy winning VR experience for HBO’s Westworld.
Since starting their hiring push this late summer of 2018, Leaftail Labs has already managed to attract some noteworthy talent by bringing on Rich Werner, the original artist for the hit franchise Plants vs. Zombies, as Art Director.
About Leaftail Labs
Seattle-based Leaftail Labs is an augmented reality gaming studio led by industry veterans and creative influencers. Founded in July of 2017, Leaftail Labs focuses on pushing the boundaries of augmented reality gaming and social interaction in the real world. They aim to bring fresh creative content to the frontier tech space of AR and to blend real daily routines with delight, magic and storytelling. For more information and to sign up for beta releases, visit http://www.leaftaillabs.com and @leaftaillabs on Twitter.
About Shasta Ventures
Shasta Ventures is a leading early-stage venture capital firm partnering with bold creative entrepreneurs who are passionate about building epic products and amazing experiences. Founded in 2004, Shasta Ventures has more than $1B under management funding companies specializing in enterprise software, consumer technology and emerging platforms including Anaplan, Apptio, Dollar Shave Club, Eero, Mint, Nest, Nextdoor, Smule, Zuora and more. The Camera Fund is a dedicated pre-seed / seed fund vehicle to back visionaries developing great ideas into epic products in Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and camera-first Computer Vision applications. The fund is open to invest in companies at the earliest stage. The firm has offices in Menlo Park and San Francisco, California. Find out more at www.shastaventures.com, or follow us on Twitter at @shasta.
Maveron is a consumer-only venture capital firm funding the brand upstarts, the disruptors, the slayers of the consumer old guard. We target seed or Series A companies and are obsessed with helping extraordinary founders build enduring consumer companies that directly engage, empower, and enchant customers. We’ve had the distinct pleasure to back some incredible companies – Zulily, Allbirds, Trupanion, General Assembly, eBay, August Home, Imperfect Produce, and many more. www.maveron.com
About Vulcan Capital
Vulcan Capital is the multi-billion dollar investment arm of Vulcan Inc., the company founded by Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Paul G. Allen. Vulcan Capital is focused on generating long-term value appreciation across a portfolio which spans diverse industry sectors and investment asset classes, ranging from early-stage venture investments to public equity value investing, leveraged buyouts, acquisitions, and distressed situations.