South Baltimore photo booth company Pixilated is expanding after raising $500,000 in seed funding. Pixilated is planning the development of new software which will allow it to scale the photo booths by using a cloud platform for file sharing, social media integration, and virtual reality. Pixilated is also planning new offices in Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia.
Owners Nicolas China and Patrick Rife worked with Greg Cangialosi and Jeff Kurtzman of Mavin Ventures on the seed investment. Mavin will take on an advisory role with Pixilated.
Pixilated recently hired new COO Brian Kurtzman and is forming an in-house software team at its headquarters in Morrell Park. Pixilated currently has 10 full-time employees and 10 to 15 part-time employees, also known as Pixilators, who work in administrative capacities and staff the photo booths at events. Nearly all of the Pixilators have Baltimore ties according to China and Rife.
The team is currently scouting office locations in Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia and will hire market leaders for each city. Pixilated is hoping to get up and running in D.C. this Spring. This location will help Pixilated service northern Virginia and Richmond. It is hoping to open the Philadelphia office in August.
Pixilated is teaming with Baltimore’s Open Works to manufacture new photo booths. Along with its photo booth kiosks, Pixilated will be creating drone photo booths, push-cart photo booths, and wall-mounted units for retail stores. It will be testing out the wall-mounted units with a permanent installation at Betamore’s new Port Covington office at City Garage.
Pixilated clients include the Ravens, Pandora Jewelry, Royal Farms, Johns Hopkins, and Light City.
China and Rife are also Co-Founders of StartUp Soiree.
Nicolas China and Patrick Rife. Photo Courtesy of Pixilated