To help facilitate uploading and sharing videos, startups found their own ways to connect users with this ubiquitous medium. Here are five notable startups in the online video world who are changing the way people use online videos. 1. Viki Viki created a volunteer community platform where tens of millions of users watch and share online videos every month, and it broke down language barriers to expand this community worldwide. Viki, a play on the words “video” and “wiki,” enables users in Japan to enjoy videos shared by users in the U.S., with both sides able to hear the videos in their native tongue. With over 2 billion video streams and more than 400 million words translated, Viki is a global video purveyor that connects people in ways not previously possible. By fostering a community where users upload and share videos, Viki provides the platform and stands back to let its massive pool of users manage the content. 2. Justin.tv Justin.tv enables thousands of premium broadcasters to share live videos streams. The startup’s millions of users stream content in a variety of areas, from news and entertainment to animals and sports. With no language barriers, Justin.tv viewers watch more than 300 million live streams available in over 250 countries every month. According to Comscore, once Justin.tv’s American members join, they watch more videos on Justin.tv than YouTube. As of July 2013, viewers widely used Justin.tv, the number two service for videos per viewer, number three for minutes per viewer, and number six for minutes per video and total minutes viewed. 3. Telly More than 11 million members now use Telly’s website and mobile apps to share and discover videos from across the Web. Telly collects videos that users create and watch as well as videos from more than 150 video sites, including Facebook, YouTube, Vine, and Twitter. Telly also enables users to create professional videos using filters and music and record for an unlimited length of time. The Telly community is active and engaged in sharing and creating videos. This includes the general public as well as celebrities, such as Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Ian Somerhalder, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Demi Lovato, and the NBA. 4. Vidyard Vidyard helps businesses host videos online and determine whether those videos are an effective part of their marketing strategy. The service provides useful analytics to test whether a video produces a return on investment. These metrics include the users who are watching the videos, how long they are watching the videos, and other data that businesses can integrate into their MAP and CRM. 5. Virool Virool helps global brands and small businesses get the most views out of their videos and marketing campaigns. The startup works with brands such as Sony, Intel, T-Mobile, GM, Volvo, and Lipton, as well as musicians, filmmakers, game developers, YouTube talk show hosts, startups, Kickstarter fundraisers, and nonprofits. Virool ensures that viewers see these businesses’ videos at various Web touch pointvs, including social networks, blogs, websites, games, and mobile apps, for blanket coverage and increased probability for virality. Video is a massive part of modern Internet use, and the video startup world finds innovative ways to facilitate connections between people around the world using this powerful medium. These are just a few startups who take part in this worldwide online trend, and many more are sure to come in the future. [zipfinder]
Find Ryann on Google+ There’s no doubt online commerce has changed the way we buy and sell, and thanks to the innovative thinkers behind several new ecommerce startups the landscape of retail therapy continues to evolve and change to provide more options, more convenience and better service. Both merchants and shoppers are benefitting from products that make it easier to connect people to the things they need and love. Here are four up-and-coming commerce startups making a big splash in the world of buying and selling. 1. Bigcommerce Situating themselves as the ecommerce website builder of choice for small and mid-sized businesses, Bigcommerce has been making news as the go-to company for increasing retail sales and service online. For stores hoping to differentiate themselves from big online marketplaces like Amazon, Bigcommerce provides everything from website design and secure shopping carts to experienced marketing gurus who help launch both brand-new startups and seasoned veterans into new levels of ecommerce success. Featuring complete integration with eBay, Bigcommerce stands out in the world of ecommerce business support for its unique understanding of the online marketplace. Highlights of their store designs include the ability to offer drop shipping, pre-ordering and back-ordering and even on-demand shopping comparisons to ensure shoppers are getting exactly what they want for the price they want to pay. As of March, the Australian-based company had raised $75 million and with a client base of more than 50,000 merchants in over 130 countries, Bigcommerce feels ready to take on Amazon when it comes to providing online retail services to smaller retailers. What makes Bigcommerce different is the chance for small businesses to build brand recognition and a loyal customer base, which doesn’t really happen on powerhouse sites like Amazon. Bigcommerce may be championing the little guy, but they certainly seem to be growing into a force to be reckoned with. 2. OrderGroove Their slogan, “Subscribe is the new shop,” says it all. OrderGroove is a fast-growing startup that offers subscription commerce solutions to retailers across the web. Subscription services have become a staple of modern commerce and can be the key to brand loyalty and sales growth. The goal of OrderGroove’s services is to help companies convert casual shoppers into loyal subscribers who make more frequent purchases and spend more annually. Not only does this serve retailers and other online merchants, but it also makes life simpler for the consumers who benefit from the convenience of subscription services that help them keep their cupboards (and closets) stocked for less. The experts at OrderGroove have the knowledge and technology needed to ensure customers deliver a subscription program that works. And retailers are noticing because OrderGroove currently powers over 75 brands including L’Oreal, Lot18 and Jockey. The company, which started in 2008, saw tremendous growth from 2011 to 2012, tripling its client roster and experiencing 430% revenue growth year-over-year. In November 2012, OrderGroove raised $7 million from Fung Capital USA and additional investors including former Walmart.com CEO Raul Vazquez. Those investments seem to be paying off. OrderGroove was recently recognized for the Most Innovative Use of Tokenization at the 2014 Paymetric Customer Innovation Awards, and continues to add to its list of clients. 3. Reverb Being a musician is often more of a side project than the way to pay the bills, but passionate musicians still want to be able to upgrade equipment, collect rare instruments or just change it up every once in a while – without breaking the bank. That’s something online retailer Reverb understands. This unique marketplace connects sellers and buyers in a specialized community where musicians can get more for items they sell and pay less for items they purchase. In addition to being exclusive to the world of music, Reverb understands that many instruments and the musicians who play them have a story to tell. One of Reverb’s advantages over other sites like eBay is the time they take to really cultivate and tell the story rather than just posting a generic description along with a price tag. And speaking of price tags, Reverb’s transaction fee is only 3.5% compared to 10% on eBay and 15% on Amazon. But even with Reverb taking a much lower cut, the site still did over $1 million in sales on just 3,500 transactions, according to a cover story in “Music Inc.” Those kinds of numbers have started grabbing attention. In late 2013, the startup gained the attention of some celebrity admirers who liked what they saw so much they decided to invest. Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick joined up with a cadre of other investors, including David Lowery of Camper van Beethoven fame, to the tune of $2.3 million. 4. Affirm Affirm is attempting to fill some of the credit holes left in the wake of the recession with their flexible pay-over-time options that don’t rely on traditional credit. In fact, Affirm isn’t a credit card – it’s a way to buy that new TV or laptop and spread out the payments without slapping down plastic or getting high interest in-store credit. Founded by one of the minds behind PayPal, it’s not surprising that CEO Max Levchin has come up with another way to cchange the face of finance. Affirm’s main product is Split Pay. Split Pay lets shoppers divide their online purchase into three monthly payments. Affirm pays for purchases immediately and bills customers for the balance in accord with the product selected. To use Affirm all consumers need to do is click the Affirm button at checkout, enter identifying information and Affirm will make an instant approval decision. Affirm doesn’t use FICO credit scores, instead they calculate risk based on a range of factors that include the cost of items being purchased and personal data gleaned from sources including social media. The formula seems to be working, as the company has piqued the interest of investors, raising $45 million from venture capital films in the past year. By providing alternative ways for consumers to manage their cash flow and giving retailers more options, Affirm hopes to help commerce return to the days where trust and relationships were more important than credit scores. [zipfinder]
Find Ryann on Google+ The last decade has seen major changes and advances in the tech sector, many of them revolving around the Internet. Google, Facebook, Twitter and the iPad are just a few things that have profoundly changed how people interact online, making the Internet a more sociable and accessible medium. But what comes next? There are several startups out there that will likely change the way you interact with the web. We’ve compiled five of them we think you might want to keep an eye on. 1. Branch Once hailed for its ability to inspire open discussion and exchange of thought, commenting on the Internet has devolved to an often rude, hateful shouting match where civility is a thing of the past. In response to this, Popular Science recently announced they would be closing the comments sections of their articles. Branch hopes to change this by making the discussion more equal and by limiting participation. A person can post a link to something of interest and then invite, through email or social media, the individuals they would like to join the discussion. Anyone can observe the discussion, but only those invited can participate. 2. Tiny Kevin Rose, founder of Digg, has announced his latest venture: Tiny. Tiny’s goal is to add ambiance to the blogging experience by using your computer’s webcam to let readers see the environment you’re writing in, to help the readers “get a glimpse at the author’s world.” 3. Twine Twine is a successful KickStarter project aimed at helping you connect your life to the Internet. Want to be notified via Twitter, email or text that a particular task is done? Use Twine. A small 2.5” square box with temperature, moisture and vibration sensors, Twine can easily be attached to just about anything. Using the natural language rules, you can then customize the criteria for which you will be notified. For example, you could put a sensor in the basement and set a rule that stipulates: “WHEN moisture sensor gets wet THEN tweet ‘The basement is flooding!’” 4. Ghost Ghost is designed to take the headache out of blogging and make it fun again. Using the easy-to-learn Markdown and offering live previews, Ghost is open source and focuses on publishing. 5. Futureful Futureful is designed to help you mine social media to access unique and informative content. The software holds the promise of getting better the more you use it and helping you never see the same thing twice. Not a search engine or a newsreader, Futureful offers a new way to access information. Do you know of any other startups you think are going to revolutionize the way we engage with the Internet? Find Ryann on Google+
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