Introducing the world’s best way to make & share maps on the internet.
Today, people in industries around the world rely on maps to do their jobs. In agriculture, they’re used to understand the temperature and rainfall impact on crops, to ensure a productive growing season. In construction, they’re used to communicate site plans and coordinate deliveries, keeping teams aligned on delivering unbelievable feats. In the media, they’re used to communicate disasters and unfolding events. And everyone uses them to plan hikes and sketch out adventures on the road with friends.
Yet despite how often we see them, maps remain incredibly difficult to make. Most often, they’re found in PDFs, screenshots, and old websites from the 90s. Google Maps has made it simple to find directions and restaurants, but the actual creation of a map is still out of reach for most people.
This stands in sharp contrast to what’s happened in the rest of the software industry over the last 10 years: it’s easier than ever to create text documents, spreadsheets, photos, videos, and design files. There’s powerful, easy-to-understand online software for each of these mediums.
When we founded Felt, we set off to do what Google did for Docs, and what Figma did for design. We believe anyone, anywhere should be able to create and share a map on the internet. And starting today, you can.
Today we’re launching the public beta of Felt. We’ve been working on it behind-the-scenes for over a year with the help of an incredibly talented team and over a thousand early customers. It’s now ready for everyone to get their hands on it!
So what makes Felt, Felt? When we set out to build it, we had three big goals:
1. Enable anyone to make a map they love.
Felt’s built-in drawing tools make map-making approachable and fun.
Marker, Highlighter and Notes allow anyone to treat a map like a piece of sketch paper.
Route and Clip make drawing along roads and boundaries a snap.
Photos, Links, and Videos make maps internet-native for the first time.
All the table-stakes features for a great spatial UI are there from Day 1: copy-paste, undo, rotation, multi-select, touch-support, etc.
If you’ve ever tried to make a map before, you’ll find Felt is a radically different experience.
2. Bring maps to life with world-class data
Felt was built to support any and all data a map-maker needs.
Built from the ground up to make data layers incredibly fast. Typical internet maps like Population or Fault Lines take 30+ seconds to load (seriously). Felt loads global datasets in under 300ms.
Comes with a huge built-in library of 50+ data layers, which we’re growing every day. This data is traditionally fragmented across the internet, and hard to access. We’re doing the hard work of putting frequently referenced datasets into a single platform and making them easy to access and visualize.
The ability to import your own basic data, with the ability to support more complex data coming soon.
If you have data with <p-inline>lat/lng<p-inline> in it, Felt knows what to do.
3. Make sharing a map just a single click
Felt was built to work anywhere the internet does.
Every map has a unique URL that can be shared with your team, the public, or on social media.
The maps work on desktop, tablet, and mobile without skipping a beat.
Live multi-player editing is built-in. Updates immediately reflect on everyone’s maps.
For the first time, maps are as easy to share as documents and photos!
The best way to make maps on the internet
Together, this adds up to something entirely new–the internet's missing medium: a live, editable map that anyone can use personally or professionally. Here's a quick demo:
Over the last year, we’ve been working with a thousand customers and we're already stunned by the maps people have created. Here are just a few of our favorites:
Today’s launch is just the start. Maps are a notoriously difficult problem, involving complicated spatial interfaces, a deep tech stack, and an ever-changing dataset representing the earth itself. Building easy-to-use mapping software is a years-long challenge, across many talented hands. To that end, we’re excited to announce that we’ve raised a $15M Series A, giving us long-term funding to continue working towards our aspirations.
Mike and Nikhil at Footwork reached out to us and the moment we met them, we knew we had found the right partners. Mike was the President and COO at Stitch Fix, which he scaled from 20 people to IPO and beyond, and brings an incredible wealth of company building experience to the table. Nikhil founded Artsy, and over the last decade has invested in dozens of SaaS businesses that bring creative mediums to the web. We’re lucky to have them helping us scale Felt in this next chapter.
One of the most immediate things we’re doing with this money is doubling our team. If the problem above speaks to you, please join us today.
Here’s to enabling anyone, anywhere to create and share a map!
We believe anyone, anywhere should be able to create and share a map on the internet. And starting today, you can.
Sam Hashemi is Felt's CEO. His early career included designing interfaces for astronauts, scientists, judges, and other folks who were using technology from the 70s. His first company Remix scaled up to 350+ cities in 17 countries and was one of the largest software acquisitions in 2021.