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Advanced Search is a technology startup company that creates 3D avatars from photographs. is a startup company that provides technology for creating personalized and dynamic 3D avatars from photographs for messaging, social VR, chatbots, games, e-commerce, and virtual classrooms for individuals and businesses around the world. Roblox acquired in December 2020, causing Roblox to announce it was delaying its IPO. uses technology in computer vision and machine learning combined with VFX magic to create life-like human face visualizations. The animated and expressive faces can be used to power applications in VR, gaming, messaging, e-commerce.

Kiran Bhat, former Senior Research and Development Engineer at LucasFilms and Mahesh Ramasubramanian, and former VFX supervisor at DreamWorks Animation founded in 2016.

Funding is funded by Silicon Valley investors including Danhua Capital, Y Combinator, Presence Capital, Anorak Ventures, Zach Coelius’ syndicate and individuals including GV partner Joe Kraus.


On June 1, 2016 announced raising $1.35 million in seed funding from Y Combinator, Presence Capital, DHVC, Anorak Ventures, Zach Coelius, and Joe Kraus. The company plans on using their funding to improve their avatar technology.

Seed II

On March 1, 2017 announced raising their second round of seed funding with an undisclosed amount of funding from undisclosed investors.

Seed III

On August 1, 2017 announced raising $1.5 million in funding for their third seed funding round from GREE VR Capital, Dentsu Ventures, DHVC, and Zach Coelius.

Seed IV

On May 3, 2018 announced raising $3 million in funding for their fourth seed round from Samsung Ventures. The company plans on using their funding to hire more employees and establish additional partnerships for the development of its SDK solution technology.


Roblox acquired on December 14, 2020 for an undisclosed price. The company announced it would integrate the technology into their realistic avatar system to help create a metaverse, or a collection of virtual worlds that were interconnected. Following the announcement, founders Mahesh Ramasubramanian and Kiran Bhat said, "their dream come true is the opportunity to build real-life facial expressions with real emotion for millions of Roblox players."

Roblox's acquisition of the 3D avatar company came alongside news that Roblox would be postponing its initial public offering (IPO) to 2021. Roblox later went public via direct listing on March 10, 2021, opening at $64.50 a share. The opening share price was almost $20 higher than the $45 per share it sold for in its previous private funding round in late 2020.


December 14, 2020 is acquired by Roblox for an undisclosed amount.
May 3, 2018 raises a $3,000,000 seed round from Samsung.
June 1, 2016 raises a $1,400,000 seed round from Anorak Ventures, DHVC, Joe Kraus, Presence Capital, Y Combinator and Zach Coelius.
2016 is founded by Mahesh Ramasubramanian and Kiran Bhat.
2016 was founded by Kiran Bhat and Mahesh Ramasubramanian.

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