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January 10 2012


Thought Equity, Big Video Licensing and Distribution Company, Raises $28 Million in New Funding from Investcorp

Thought Equity, the big, Denver-based syndicator of premium video content has raised $28 million in capital from Investcorp.

Earlier this year, we sat down with CEO Kevin Schaff about the company and the scope of its distribution deals with some 400 media companies.

We have republished the interview today.

Andy Plesser

June 30 2011


Kara Swisher: IPO Market Showing "Froth" as Zynga Readies Offering

Kara Swisher, co-executive editor of All Things Digital and author of the BoomTown blog, says that while there is "froth" around IPO activity, including the anticipated IPO filing of social game maker Zynga, the fundamentals around these companies are more substantial than during the tech boom of the late nineties.

Of the buzz around the Zynga offering, she says much of the chatter has come from the company's bankers who "are leaking more than the Titanic." 

Kara first reported on plans for the Zynga IPO in May.

I interviewed her this afternoon in Manhattan.  This is the first in a three-part series with the award-winning journalist.

Andy Plesser



Tags: Finance

May 12 2011


Dailymotion's U.S. Chief Joy Marcus Joins VC Powerhouse DFJ Gotham

Joy Marcus, who left Dailymotion as U.S. GM in late March, has landed as a parnter at DFJ Gotham, which is part of the powerhouse venture fund Draper Fisher Jurvetson. 

At DFJ, she will be focused on digital investing, she told Beet.TV in an email message today.

Last year, we sat down to talk about the growth of Dailymotion in North America.  We have republished that interview here.

Andy Plesser


Tags: Finance

January 10 2011


Foodspotting, Crowd-Sourced Food "Journalism" Enterprise Raise $3 Million Venture Round, Report

Foodspotting, the San Francisco-based social media site for sharing photos of food dishes, has raised its first venture round of $3 million, according to Liz Gannes at All Things Digital.

Last month, we interviewed co-founder Soraya Darabi.  In this second of two segments, she frames Foodspotting a new form of crowd-sourced food journalism.

Andy Plesser

December 01 2010


BBC Mulls Acquistion of "Richer" Content Verticals

MONACO -- The digital properties of the BBC Worldwide have been quickly growing, up 18 percent over the past twelve months to 65 million unique visitors in October, according to comScore.

With this growing footprint, the BBC is evaluating content acquisitions in "rich verticals," says Daniel Heaf, Director of Digital for the BBC Worldwide in this exclusive video interview with Beet.TV

The last major content acquistion by the BBC was the Lonely Planet travel guide in 2007. 

Heaf declined to be more specific about content targets.

In the interview, he explains the value of the Web as a principal platform for news.  At the same time, Apps have been increasingly popular with 1.5 million BBC iPhone Apps downloaded outside of the U.K., he says.

We interviewed him last month at the Monaco Media Forum where he was a speaker.

Our first segment with Heaf was about the BBC's plans to introduce the iPlayer outside of the U.K.

Andy Plesser

Editor's Note:  Delighted to find that Dan is a "fan of Beet.TV" which he states at the end of the clip.


Tags: Finance Media

October 26 2010


Accel Partner's Ping Li: Biggest Video Opportunity is Around Mobile

Ping Li, a partner at powerhouse venture capital firm Accel Partners (investor in Facebook, others), says the big opportunity around video is mobile. 

He says the iPad will lead to the emergence of new sorts of video programming from the device's "use case."

While he is bullish on innovation around mobile, the one video sector he is bearish on is connected TV devices.

Accel is an investor in several online video-related companies including Brightcove, YuMe and comScore.

This segment is from the Beet.TV Online Video Roundtable held in June in the New York headquarters of MSNBC.com.   Moderating this section of the conversation is Peter Kafka, of All Things Digital MediaMemo.  The event was sponsored by YuMe.

You watch the conference right here.  This video session on Livestream has had nearly 400,000 viewer minutes since it went on demand on Livestream on June 22.  It is by far our most widely viewed live event.

Andy Plesser 

September 22 2010


VideoEgg to Acquire Blog Software Concern Six Apart

VideoEgg, the online video technology and marketing company, will acquire the giant blog software company Six Apart in a deal to be announced tomorrow.  The new company will be called SAY Media.

Both companies released a news about the deal late today, but did not reveal terms.  Here's the report by Brian Morrissey at Adweek.

VideoEgg was one of the first video sharing sites, launching in 20005. It was the first video platform used by Beet.TV when we launched back in 2006.  Later, the company left the consumer video sharing field to focus on online video solutions for marketers. 

Here's an interview we did with CEO and co-founder Matt Sanchez back in 2008.

Six Apart is the pioneering blog software company known for its popular TypePad and Movable Type programs.  (Beet.TV runs on TypePad.) 

In recent years, Six Apart has been putting considerabl effort around monetizing content for bloggers.  We caught up with the company's CEO Chris Alden last year for this update on the company. Alden will not be joining the new company after the merger.  His interview is below.

Andy Plesser

September 09 2010


Ooyala Raises $22 Million in New Funding: Lands GigaOM, Business Insider and TechCrunch as Customers

Ooyala, the fast-growing online video platform company, has raised $22 million, brining the total raised to $42 million, the company just announced.

The investors include several prominent Asian companies including Shanghai-based CID Group Japan's ITOCHU Technology.

We recently caught up with co-founder Bismark Lepe for an update on Ooyala.  This is our second part of our interviews.   You can find the first interview here.

TechCrunch Drops Brightcove for Ooyala

Ooyala is growing quickly in the enterprise and corporate side.  On the publishing side, it seems to becoming increasingly popular with the big technology blogs including Silicon Alley Insider/Business Insider, GigaOM and most recently TechCrunch, which had been using Brightcove.

Andy Plesser

August 09 2010


MyDamnChannel.com Gets Venture Round of $4.4 Million

MyDamnChannel.com, the online video entertainment producer, has received a $4.4 million B round of venture funding, the company announced today.

The round is being lead by Intuitive Venture Capital.  The proceeds will allow the company to expand its staff and operations.

Daisy recently caught up with CEO Rob Barnett at the NAPTE LAfest and have republished the interview today.

Andy Plesser

Tags: Finance Media

August 07 2010


Demand Media Readies IPO: Our Chat with Co-Founder Shawn Colo

Los Angeles-based Demand Media is preparing to go public, according to financial filings made pubic on Friday.

The company is in the business of content "farming" -- creating print, photo and video content for newspapers and magazines.  The content is primarily lifestyle focused.

Earlier this year, tor an overview of the company and its strategy, we spoke with co-founder Shawn Colo.  We have republished the interview today.

Also this year, we spoke with Stephen Kydd who heads Demand Studios. He explains the operation of the content creation platform.  This video is produced below.

Andy Plesser

Tags: Finance Media

July 27 2010


BlackBerry Fund Set to Close $100 Million for China

The BlackBerry Partners Fund is about to close a $100 million investment fund for China and plans to raise $150-250 million new fund for other markets by the end of this year, said John Albright, co-managing director of the Toronto-based VC firm, in this video interview.

Investors in the firm include RIM, Thomson Reuters, RBC and IBM.  Investments are for various mobile technologies, not necessarily for RIM products.

We interviewed Albright last week at the paidContent Mobile conference at Columbia University where he was a speaker.  He addresses investment opportunities in various mobile sectors.

This is our second video of our interview with him.  Our first was about the opportunities around augmented reality and the firm's investment in Viewdle.

Andy Plesser

Tags: Finance

June 04 2010


VC Vinod Khosla on Gulf Oil Spill: "A Disaster is a Terrible Thing to Waste"

LOS ANGELES -- Vinod Khosla, one of the world's most powerful venture capitalist, says in this video interview that the oil spill in the Gulf will spur innovation in clean energy development.

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has just joined Khosla Ventures as an advisor.   In this interview, Khosla speaks the former PM's role.

While a majority of investments of Khosla Ventures are in clean tech, it invests in several Internet start-ups including Hunch, YuMe and Slide.

I interviewed Khosla yesterday at the Wall Street Journal's All Things Digital conference.

Andy Plesser, Executive Producer

April 16 2010


Demand Media Has Hired Goldman Sachs for IPO, FT reports

Los Angeles-based Demand Media, the fast-growing Web content company, has hired Goldman Sachs to explore an IPO, reports Ken Li of the Financial Times.  Li writes that the IPO could come as early as August.

Earlier this year, we spoke with Steven Kydd, Executive VP of Demand Studios.  He explains the system of creating vast amounts of content with a network of some 7,000 individuals.

If this IPO goes well it will undoubtedly raise the value of the content creation for the Web.  Very exciting.

Andy Plesser, Executive Producer

Tags: Finance Media

April 14 2010


FT.com: Thomson Reuters’ video product Insider to launch on 11 May

Thomson Reuters is planning to launch a series of new web products and overhaul its markets division as part of plans to streamline the company and reach growing audiences of younger, web-savvy readers and smaller business customers.

Among the developments:

  • An “enterprise platform” offering faster delivery of data to clients and online training and customer service support to smaller customers;
  • The launch of online video product Insider on May 11, which it has been testing since last year;
  • A new desktop platform, Eikon, to launch in autumn, offering a wider range of data and personalisation features.

Full story at this link…

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April 05 2010


Brightcove Raises $12 Million in Venture Round, Expects IPO in 2011, Wall Street Journal

Brightcove, the Cambridge-based online video platform company has raised a "final" round of venture funding of $12  million from a group of venture capital firms and media companies and expects to go public next year, the Wall Street Journal's Jessica Vascellaro reported this afternoon (sub.)

This bring the total raised to $99 million.   Brightcove confirmed the funding  in a blog post a short while ago. 

A spokesperson declined to comment on the IPO reference in the Journal story.

Last year, I spoke with Brightcove Chairman and CEO Jeremy Allaire about the future of his company.  We have reposted the interview today.

Andy Plesser, Executive Producer

March 18 2010


Euro Video Ad Network Videoplaza Lands $5 million in Venture Funding

LONDON -- Videoplaza, the Stockholm/London-based online video advertising network, has raised $5 million in its first venture round, the company announced today.

Last week, I spoke with Sorosh Tavakoli, Videoplaza Founder & CEO.  He was a panelist at the Beet.TV Online Video Roundtable at the offices of the Guardian newspaper.

In the interview, he provides an update on the developments at the company and plans for the proceeds of the funding. 

The investment round is being led by the Nordic region's two leading Venture Capital firms Creandum and Northzone.  Videoplaza raised seed investment of $650K in 2007 and became profitable in 2009, it says.

Mike Butcher has a round-up on the online video advertising scene in Europe in the Guardian.

Andy Plesser, Executive Producer

February 01 2010


Ross Levinsohn: Online Video to Become "Mainstream" in 2010

In Las Vegas last week, Daisy caught up with Ross Levinsohn, former digital chief at News Corp and now a venture capitalist at Fuse Capital.

Ross spoke with Daisy about some of his firm's investments including True/Slant and 5:1.

As far as big trends, top of his list is online video which he says will become "mainstream" this year.

Andy Plesser, Executive Producer

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