Associated Content, a company that has set up a network for independent content producers to submit and monetize their work, will expand the opportunities for video makers. 

Started in 2005 by Luke Beatty, Associated Content has been funded by some of the most highly regarded investors in the digital media space, including Softbank, which  lead the first round.  The Denver-based company has a board of Silicon Valley’s heavy hitters, Google’s Tim Armstrong, angel investor Ron Conway and Softbank’s Eric Hippeau. Just last week, the company closed on B venture round with Canaan Partners.

I met Luke last week at Stanford where I was attending the AlwaysOn conference.  He told me that the participation of video content producers on the site is increasing.

As Associated Content has grown, there has been some controversy about its business model and the role of Google’s Tim Armstrong on the board.  CNET’s Elinor Mills takes a close look at this.

By the way, most of the sessions from the conference are available online as webcasts.  Check it out.


Grab the video embed code of this interview with Luke.

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