Jaunt is the virtual reality startup behind Sir Paul McCartney’s ‘Live and Let Die’ VR app (Bulletin, 21-Nov-14), as well as similar apps for Jack White and Big Sean. Now the company has raised a $65m funding round, taking its total raised so far to $100m.
Disney is among the investors in the latest round, with Jaunt’s CEO claiming that it’s looking into working on sports-related VR for the company’s ESPN channel. “Live [VR] video is an exciting area, especially with types of sports that are more intimate, where you’re up close to action, like basketball, martial arts, boxing and even tennis,” Jens Christensen told VentureBeat.
VC firms Evolution Media Partners and China Media Capital also invested in the latest round, which makes Jaunt the most well-funded VR startup ever – overtaking the $93.4m that Oculus VR raised before being acquired by Facebook.