We have databases for everything, so why not dreams, right?
One company, DreamsCloud, is building exactly that and announced today that it has raised $2 million in a first round of institutional funding to continue developing its database and increase its teams and its marketing efforts.
DreamsCloud is exactly what it sounds like: a collection of services and tools to help you chronicle, analyze, and talk about your dreams with others, as they’ve been doing for years but in less high-tech ways. On DreamsCloud’s website, people can research dream-related topics, record their dreams, post them in the community forum, and discuss them with others, and even request deeper analysis from the site’s dream professional experts. The site also showcases maps of people’s dreams, as well as what dreams and topics are trending.
In July, the company also released its DreamSphere mobile app, which brings the website’s tools to mobile, as well as access daily metrics about their dreaming and improve dream recall through the app’s smart alarm.
“Over the past few years, we’ve seen enormous public interest in recording and having conversations about understanding dreams — in fact, our dreams database now hosts more than 1.8 million dreams from around the world,” said DreamsCloud cofounder Jean-Marc Emden in a statement.
From what I can tell, DreamsCloud wants to build a community of dream enthusiasts and arm them with all kinds of resources as well as connect with each other. While it would likely not interest some folks and just be a novelty for others (the app might be fun to try out once or twice), plenty of people may be out there that would welcome this addition to their daily routines.
DreamsCloud is of course not the first company to tackle this topic. Shadow also launched a similar mobile app last September, and it also expressed the desire to eventually build a large dream database (maybe there are more dream enthusiasts out there than I think there are?).
Sphere Capital Holding led this round of funding. DreamsCloud was founded in 2010 and is based in Reston, Va.