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General Information

Offices

Sifteo Global HQ
2475 3rd St.
Suite 252
San Francisco, CA, 94107
USA

People

CEO / Co-founder
President / Co-founder
Adviser
Adviser
Adviser
Adviser
Adviser

Funding

TOTAL $16.5M
FUNDING TOTAL $16.5M
Series A, 7/2009
True Ventures
$1M
Series B, 5/2010
Foundry Group
True Ventures
$12M
Grant, 9/2010
National Science Foundation
$500k
Venture Round, 1/2012
Foundation Capital
True Ventures
$3M

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Sifteo

Sifteo, Inc. is a venture-backed startup based in San Francisco, California. Sifteo makes Sifteo cubes, a tactile interactive game system for hands-on fun and Intelligent Play, and a growing number of games exclusive to its platform. Sifteo is also a publisher of games for its platform, and runs regular game jams using its freely-available SDK for developers around the country.

Sifteo cubes is a next generation game system consisting of physical blocks with full-color graphics that sense each other and their motion. The system offers a new type of interface that allows computer interactions to be more direct and physical in nature: a hands-on computer the size and shape of a building block. Gesture-detection technology makes interactive play with Sifteo cubes natural and allows players to shake, flip, tilt, press, and neighbor Sifteo cubes to control the action.

Sifteo began as a collaboration between co-founders Dave Merrill and Jeevan Kalanithi at the MIT Media Lab. They wanted to re-think human-computer interaction by designing new, physical interfaces. One afternoon they sat around a table in the lab’s kitchen and imagined sorting through a pile of digital data as if it were a pile of LEGOs. The idea for Sifteo cubes was born.

Several generations of prototypes later, Dave was invited to share their early work by giving a presentation on the main stage at the TED conference in 2009 - and the talk went viral. This public enthusiasm galvanized the pair to found Sifteo Inc., and four months later Dave and Jeevan were at work in San Francisco building a company.

Sifteo games embody Intelligent Play, combining classic tactile play patterns and social aspects of activities like chess and building blocks with the richness of interactive game technology. The Sifteo game library includes challenging games for adults, fun learning puzzles for kids, and games families can play together.

Recent Milestones

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    Sifteo — The Best Of The Best: IxDA selects Sifteo among the Best Interaction Design Of 2012 (3/1/12)
    Posted 4/24/12 at 10:29am via fastcodesign.com
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    Sifteo — Ranked in Fast Company as a Top 10 Most Innovative Consumer Electronics company (3/1/12)
    Posted 4/24/12 at 10:29am via fastcompany.com
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    Sifteo received $3M in Venture Round funding. (1/1/12)
    Posted 11/1/13 at 2:37am
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    Sifteo — PopSci Best of What's New award (11/1/11)
    Posted 4/24/12 at 10:29am via popsci.com
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    Sifteo — Sifteo product launch (9/1/11)
    Posted 4/24/12 at 10:29am via sifteo.com
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    Sifteo — Debut at CES; early access availability (1/1/11)
    Posted 4/24/12 at 10:29am via gizmag.com
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    Sifteo received $500k in Grant funding. (9/1/10)
    Posted 6/5/11 at 10:47pm
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    Sifteo received $12M in Series B funding. (5/1/10)
    Posted 6/5/11 at 10:45pm via chubbybrain.com
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    Sifteo added Jeevan Kalanithi as CEO / Co-founder. (9/1/09)
    Posted 3/1/11 at 1:13pm
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    Sifteo added David Merrill as President / Co-founder. (9/1/09)
    Posted 3/1/11 at 1:13pm
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    Sifteo received $1M in Series A funding. (7/1/09)
    Posted 6/5/11 at 10:45pm
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    Sifteo added Andrew Huang as Adviser.
    Posted 4/24/12 at 10:18am
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    Sifteo added Alan Henricks as Adviser.
    Posted 4/24/12 at 10:18am
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    Sifteo added Tami Bhaumik as Adviser.
    Posted 4/24/12 at 10:18am
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    Sifteo added Simon Fleming Wood as Adviser.
    Posted 4/24/12 at 10:18am
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    Sifteo added Shane Kim as Adviser.
    Posted 3/5/13 at 10:29am

Videos

Above:

NEW Sifteo Cubes TV Spot

Added: 3/5/13

Screenshots

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Above: Sifteo Cubes - Chroma Splash
Uploaded: 3/5/13
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