Archive for the 'Startups' Category

Accel, Benchmark invest $15 million in Metacafe

Wednesday, July 5th, 2006

Metacafe, yet another Flickr clone for video, but with good traffic stats, just raised a $15 million second round from Benchmark Capital and Accel Partners. The company is reported to broadcast about 300 million videos per month. Valuing startups on the last three months of traffic stats seems like a dubious investment practice. Unfunded video [...]

Mary Hodder’s rundown of online video stats

Monday, June 26th, 2006

Mary Hodder of Dabble offers a useful rundown about online video: Where are we? Rise of the Videonet: At my session today at Supernova, with JD Lasica (Ourmedia) as our moderator, and Jeremy Allaire (BrightCove), Jonathan Taplin (USC Annenberg Center), and Robert Levitan (Pando), I mentioned some stats and ideas, and I said I would [...]

Grouper, VideoEgg, Jumpcut, Eyespot: Mixing in the NYT

Friday, June 16th, 2006

The NYT covers online video editing: “We wanted to make video editing over the Internet faster than desktop editing,” said Jim Kaskade, co-founder and chief executive of Eyespot, based in San Diego. “We think it will broaden the base of people who are creative, but may not have thought they were, by creating this tool [...]

Reviews of Video Sharing Services

Tuesday, April 11th, 2006

DVguru has a useful comparison of online sharing services. MustSee has another. The new and the old roundups at TechCrunch are also worth reading. Cool, Useful, Free

Wednesday, March 15th, 2006

Keepvid translates videos back out of “protective” wrappers used by certain online video services into standard video files that can be saved locally. Given the number of sites that take works they don’t own and then try to fence them in with some bogus bit of digital barbed wire, it’s refreshing to see at least [...]

Comparing Online Video Services

Monday, January 9th, 2006

Michael Arrington’s comparison of the different FlickR clones covers CastPost, ClipShack, DailyMotion, Grouper, Revver, OurMedia, Vimeo, vSocial, and YouTube. The comments mention another couple of dozen, and another good compilation at twenty-fifth dimension. All in all, it looks like there are now at least 50 services that are offering some variation on this theme.

BitTorrent Raises $8.75mm

Sunday, September 25th, 2005

BitTorrent has raised $8.75mm. Via The Berkeley Digital Media & Entertainment Club blog.

DigitalSilo, VideoSilo, and MPEG Nation

Wednesday, August 17th, 2005

Why these folks don’t consolidate their web sites and come up with a single name, I don’t know, but their services look great. I’d be curious if anyone reading this has experience with them. DigitalSilo offers low cost conversion from film and video tape to DVD, and QuickTime, Real, and MPEG formats, as well as [...]


Wednesday, August 3rd, 2005

Scoopt is soliciting pictures and videos from people with camera phones, and reselling them to mainstream media outlets. It’s rather like, but it seems more oriented towards amateurs. Technorati Tags: video

Vara Software Releases VideoCue 2.0

Wednesday, July 20th, 2005

Vara Software released a substantial upgrade to VideoCue, which now comes as either standard ($39) and Pro ($89). They’ve done a lot of work to make life easier for podcasters and vloggers, and they’ve added a chroma key (blue screen) feature that is especially cool.

Me Too! Me Too!

Friday, July 15th, 2005

Most of the time, I root for entrepreneurs; starting a company takes an enormous amount of heart. But why so many me-toos? It’s not like there is a shortage of hard, interesting problems related to the Digitization of Everything, and the transitions from tape to disk, RF to IP, unscheduled to on demand, and medium [...]

Vobbo, CastPost

Friday, July 15th, 2005

The always good Unmediated is reporting on two new free video blogging / FlickR 2.0 services, Vobbo and CastPost.

FlickR Clones

Friday, June 17th, 2005

The acquisitions of FlickR, Picassa, Webshots, and Photosite — all sites for sharing still images — have inspired several companies to try the same thing, but for moving images. YouTube and iFeeder are the latest to take this route, and both are still early stage. There are a bunch of others in wings, as well [...]


Wednesday, June 8th, 2005

I’ve been meaning for close to month to write about Lulop‘s new version, Lulop2, an “Internet news gathering” platform. Lulop has been around for a while (four years), and it’s prime mover, Lorenzo Manes, has built a viable business that brokers video footage shot by professionals, and purchased by television broadcast networks. Lulop2 is now [...]

Mobuzz TV

Thursday, May 5th, 2005

MobuzzTV is another new production company cum broadcast network using the Internet to route around established channels of program distribution. Video programming isn’t only moving from RF to IP, but also from IP to RF. As with Rocketboom, the Mobuzz is doing a short (3 minute) daily show. It’s interesting to see people wrestle with [...]

Vimeo: FlickR for Video

Tuesday, March 15th, 2005

It’s frustrating and lame to always explain the new in terms of the old, but FlickR for video is the easiest way to describe Vimeo. They have a ways to go in implementing all of their ideas, but the site is suggestive of some of the possibilities of sharing large collections of video clips, and [...]

Mainstreaming BitTorrent

Sunday, December 12th, 2004

One of Yahoo’s top 25 most emailed stories today is about BitTorrent, and Hollywood’s response to it. The speed at which television programs are being digitized and being made available via BitTorrent is astonishing. In 1996, few sound archivists would have been believed that most of the world’s commercially available recorded music would be digitized [...]

Online Video and the Future of Broadcasting