© Saskia Uppenkamp
Nate Beatty (Co-Founder, CTO) and Shane Scranton (Co-Founder, CEO)

Location: Cooper Square is named after 19th century New Yorker and industrialist Peter Cooper who built the first American steam locomotive and had a hand in the invention of Jell-O. In 1875 at the age of 85 he ran for president as a candidate for the short-lived Greenback Party.

IrisVR – Instant VR for the building industry

Virtual Reality
Founded in 2014
14 employees
Funding $1.625M / 1 Round

IrisVR creates tools that empower everyone in the building industry to better communicate and understand design using virtual reality. The company started in 2014. Shane Scranton (CEO) had an architectural visualization company where he saw how difficult it was for project stakeholders to understand building models and blueprints. Nate Beatty (CTO) was an avid programmer. After the release of the Oculus Rift DK2, Shane and Nate partnered to find a way to allow people to immerse themselves in their models so they could make more informed design and construction decisions. After months of work, Prospect was born. Now, anyone can navigate through their 3D model in seconds using the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive without having to learn new software. IrisVR has also created Scope, VR software for mobile phones where users can share 360 degree views of a space using Google Cardboard or Samsung Gear VR.

This article was published in “the Hundert Vol. 9 – Startups of New York“, December 2016.