Sony Innovation Fund (SIF), part of one of the world’s leading companies with a portfolio across consumer electronics, entertainment, and finance, has invested in ROLI, the London-based technology company that is developing a revolutionary hardware-software platform for making music.
ROLI makes the Seaboard RISE and ROLI BLOCKS, which reviewers have called ‘two of the most compelling music-making devices in recent memory’. The company, which sells its devices at Apple Stores worldwide and recently welcomed Pharrell Williams as its Chief Creative Officer, will use the new funding ‘to develop new creative tools for all music-makers from beginners to professionals’. ROLI has raised more than $50 million to date.
Roland Lamb, founder and CEO of ROLI, said:
‘Sony has become one of the world’s most recognised and successful brands because it consistently took risks in order to realise its creative vision for innovative products. Sony’s approach to innovation echoes how we work at ROLI, both in the way we develop products like BLOCKS and the way that those products create open-ended opportunities for our creators to be innovative in their work.’
Above: ROLI BLOCKS
Header photo: ROLI products