We seemed to have skipped a step when it came to video calling. We went from the family's landline to personal mobile phones, which finally got smart enough for new services like Skype or FaceTime to use as a platform. Finnish startup, TellyBean thinks, however, that somewhere in the middle of this progression that could still hit a large market, especially with the mismatch of how young people connect compared how to you connect with your older relatives. For younger people far away, the basic method of communication for a longer call is Skype, but it's tough to get your older relatives up to the technical level required to run and Skype for a call.
Remember home/landline phones? They were these funny looking devices in the corner of everyones home that you could call to if you knew the number. Since the introduction of the mobile phones, they slowly started to disappear and some youngsters would be amazed to find out that they ever existed.
Tellybean wants to bring them back, well not the actual devices but the concept of having a device that you can call to at home. To do so, they will introduce a service that will transform any TV into a Video Phone.
They have raised €1.4 Million to tackle the problem, with Reaktor Polte leading the investment round, marking their 5th investment this year and probably making them the most active seed-stage investor in Finland at the moment. The other investors were TEKES and Dreadnought Finance.