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Nimble Collective creates cloud-based platform for animators

MUMBAI: Nimble Collective, a creative startup led by animators and technology entrepreneurs, has closed an $8.5 million round of funding led by New Enterprise Associates (NEA).

With this investment, Nimble Collective plans to revolutionise the $90 billion animation content market by developing the industry’s first cloud-based, end-to-end platform and the world’s largest online animation community, targeting an estimated 10 million professional and aspiring animators around the globe.

The company also announced the appointment of NEA Venture Partner Greg Papadopoulos to its board.

“The animation content market generates $90 billion annually, yet millions of talented animators simply do not have access to the expensive studio-quality technology tools and big budgets currently required to bring high-quality creative projects to fruition. Nimble will change that by democratising the market with the world’s first collaborative, cloud-based platform for generating content that animators can distribute and profit from in exciting new ways,” said Nimble Collective co-founder, investor Michael Howse.

“Nimble is delivering studio caliber tools and collaboration capabilities — all in the cloud — that free-up animators to do what they do best — create. Our goal is to enable a new generation of creatives to create, collaborate and prosper by building their own unique, modern content to reach huge audiences,” said Nimble co-founder and CCO Rex Grignon

Nimble Collective is developing a cloud platform that it said lets animators more easily collaborate, develop and distribute their creative content. With all production capabilities hosted in a secure cloud environment, animators will spend more time creating instead of worrying about the endless hassles of managing complex, costly infrastructure. Utilising an “all cloud” service that leverages the latest in high performance cloud-based graphics systems, the company is able to provide a full animation workspace streamed to anywhere an artist chooses to work. The Nimble Collective platform is slated for availability to select partners in the second half of 2016.

“Nimble is on the verge of creating a tectonic shift in the marketplace with an innovative platform that will disrupt the status quo of animation content creation. Created by world-class animators, the Nimble platform opens up an unprecedented level of new opportunities for the 10+ million professional and aspiring animators around the world,” stated NEA venture partner Greg Papadopoulos.