VideoAmp Uses VC Round To Fuel Cross-Screen Ad Tech Sales In 2016

LAS VEGAS — VideoAmp is a relatively new player to the burgeoning landscape of cross-screen video ad technology vendors. At least, it may look like that from the outside. The Santa Monica-based outfit spent plenty of time perfecting its platform before taking on a $15m first venture round in November, the latest in German broadcaster […]


After SpotX And Clypd, RTL Group Seeks More Investments In 2016

LAS VEGAS — Over the last couple of years, the giant European TV RTL Group has assembled a clutch of investments designed to advance its position in digital video. In the summer, the group even rolled them up in to a division called RTL Digital Hub. Now the Hub is on the hunt for more ad-tech acquisitions. […]


Innovid Raises $27.5 Million in New Round

Innovid, a video adtech company that allows marketers the ability to serve and measure interactive advertising across screens, has raised $27.5 million in new funding, the company says. New Spring Capital has become the latest investor in the company, while all previous investors, including Sequoia Capital Israel, Genesis Partners, Vintage Investment Partners, Cisco Ventures and T-Venture, participated in […]


Canadian Video AdTech Firm Acquired by Google for DoubleClick Deployment

mDialog, a Canadian firm that has built a live video ad insertion engine, has been acquired by Google, the company announced in a blog post.  More in this report from TechCrunch.  Terms have not been revealed. Last year at the Brightcove customer summit, we spoke with Greg Philpott is the founder and CEO.  We have republished that […]


Media Need 50 Million Uniques To Make Ads Pay: VC Klein of Index Ventures

LONDON — Time was, investors wouldn’t look a content startup in the face. Lately, we have seen some financial energy go back in to ambitious, content-related companies. But that doesn’t change the challenging outlook, says one leading investor. “Content as original programming remains a very hard category to invest in,” says Saul Klein of Index […]


Rapid Growth of Online Video Means Consolidation of Start-ups, Accel’s Ping Li

The rapid growth of online video as a viable advertising medium, with marketers seeking uniform publishing environments, is leading to the consolidation of many start-ups, says Ping Li, a partner with Accel Partners.


Celebrating Earth Day with Internet Pioneers Robert Metcalfe and Vint Cerf

Today, on Earth Day, as we look at ways to preserve the environment, video is surely a way to limit our carbon footprint via video teleconferencing, video chat, and other technologies.


Online Video Guide “Clicker” Raises $11 Million in New Venture Funding

Clicker, the fast growing guide to online video programming, raised an additional $11 million in venture funding, the company announced today. 


Ross Levinsohn: Online Video to Become “Mainstream” in 2010

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


Students Dish about Their Colleges on Hot New Start-up, Unigo

The days for college guidebooks like The Princeton Review could be numbered:, a start-up founded by Wesleyan ’04 Jordan Goldman, provides reviews, pictures and videos created by those who know the school best–its students.


In the Downturn, Find the Inefficiencies and Create New Businesses, Mukesh Chatter

Mukesh Chatter is an engineer and serial entrepreneur, known for building the router company Nextabit and selling to Lucent in 1999 for $900 million.  He says the current economic downturn is an opportunity for innovators to find the inefficiencies in business and create new opportunities.


Image Recognition Co. Milabra Launches, Has $1.4 Million in Financing

Image recognition is an effective way to generate metadata and revolutionize image search. A new start-up, Milabra, which launched and announced $1.4 million in funding on Monday, has some of the most interesting technology we’ve heard about in this space.


Gates Foundation Has 20 Percent Loss but Accelerates Spending, Bill and Melinda Tell the BBC

The BBC sat down with Bill and Melinda Gates at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland for a 14-minute video interview today, during which the couple discussed foreign aid and the economy.


Motionbox Raises $6 Million in New Venture Round

Motionbox, the New York-based video sharing site which has a subscription model, has gotten a third venture round of $6 million, Jason Kincaid of TechCrunch reported tonight.  Along with the investment is a management shake-up with Chris O’Brien assuming the title of Chairman and Josh Grotstein becoming CEO.  A little over a year ago, Chris […]


Funny Site, but Not Funny Money: JibJab Raises $7.5 Million in Series C Round

Comedy site JibJab has raised $7.5 million in Series C funding from investors including Overbrook Entertainment and Sony Pictures, Jason Kincaid at TechCrunch reported. Andy interviewed JibJab CEO Greg Spiridellis at the TimeWarner Politics ’08 Summit in October about politics and comedy on the web, and I republished the interview today.


Peter Kafka: Media Layoffs Will Continue in a Grim 2009

Peter Kafka, who debuted his daily blog MediaMemo on AllThingsD in October, writes today that the ad recession will last at least another year — making it the longest ad recession since The Depression. Which is, well, depressing. At our marathon filming day at the Mogoulus studio in Soho earlier this month, Peter described the […]


Kosmix Search Raises $20 Million in Funding in Tough Economy

The search solution Kosmix has raised $20 million in a funding round led by TimeWarner, the company announced today–an impressive feat in today’s economic climate. Andy interviewed Kosmix Co-founder Anand Rajaraman in New York earlier this year, and I republished the interview here.


Not Like eBay or Priceline, New Live Auction Platform is on Launched on

neoSaej, a small Boston area start-up co-founded by Ray Stata and Mukesh Chatter, have quietly raised $10 million in venture funding and have launched a live auction platform–one different from eBay and Priceline.  Stata is best known as co-founder of Analog Devices and whose name graces the Frank Gehry/MIT building; Chatter is founder of Nexabit, […]


Huffington Post Raises $25 Million Round

The Huffington Post has raised an additional $25 million in venture funding, according to a report this morning by Kara Swisher of AllThingsD.  In a subsequent post, she reports that the Huff Post has formally announced the news. In January, I interviewed Huff Post investor and board member Eric Hippeau of SoftBank about the value […]


Fitness Tracking Device FitBit Raises $2 Million in Funding

TechCrunch50 runner-up FitBit, a fitness and sleep cycle tracking device that will go on sale next year for $99, has raised $2 million from True Ventures, SoftTech VC and several angel investors, Mark Hendrickson at TechCrunch reports today. This appears to be the first round of institutional funding for the company, according to Hendrickson.

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