Quine was founded December 2016 by Stian Vrba, Kristian Skarseth and Gunleik Groven. Simula Research Laboratory joined in when activity started in January 2017.
Competence, industry- and tech knowledge in addition to a close connection to our customer base and main markets, are currently our main strengths.
The three founders met and worked together for close to two years in now defunct LABO mixed realities as researchers and developers on the Horizon 2020 POPART project. We have all been engaged on the follow-up project LADIO through Simula Research Laboratory, and expect Quine to follow that project through.
The first products Quine releases are focused on automating workflows for film- and broadcast productions and have landed Quine distributor agreements and customers on 3 continents.
The 1st batch of QuineBox™IoT was overbooked well in advance of first deliveries. The 2nd batch is sold out while still in production. Still we roll out the early deliveries slowly. Learning from other startups, we have chosen to roll the first units and software out customer by customer to reach a level of satisfaction before dividing our attention to the next customer.
By end of January 2018 we expect to start "ship as you order", and we work towards having a healthy turnover by May 2018.
Two rounds of angel-investments have been crucial to finalising the QuineBox™IoT. Through the processes leading to these investments, we have learned to appreciate investors and the added challenges, competence and opportunities they have brought.
The support we have from Innovation Norway for market-research and commercialisation, have let us build relations with customers and distributors around the globe and let us keep a close eye on market developments and trends in several industries relevant to our plans for further products.
Quine has been developing "in production" and "on sets" since startup, and sees this as the best approach to find solutions that actually serves the customers. Having an ambitious roadmap paired with a profoundly challenging "must work now at the right price" reality is a long-term strength for the products we build.
Quine's philosophy is that connectedness, automation and cloud-computing will lead to a revolution in how productions are done and that what we develop can have an impact far beyond the obvious entertainment industry. There is a convergence of technologies developed for different industries we intend to tap into. Quine seeks to achieve results and bring forward products no-one yet have seen.
50% of the customer base is in USA and China. It has been a priority to have distribution channels, customers and partners in these markets from the very start.
Quine has an ambitious roadmap for the next few years and seek industry-partners and investors to contribute to realise our vision and prosper with us.
Quine has a lead investor for a "Series A" round intended to let us work towards the goals of expanding sales, building a more robust organisation, finding larger industry partners and becoming VC-ready over the next year. If you want to take part in this realising the opportunities we see, please don't hesitate to contact us.
The first year has been a rollercoaster... and doing a startup is... well slightly insane. But when we look back at our budgets and plans back in January 2017, we have so far hit the targets we set pretty much spot-on.
If you want to join in, please don't hesitate to contact us.