|Founder(s)||Ron Yekutiel, Shay David, Michal Tsur, and Eran Etam|
|Headquarters||New York, US|
|Services||Open Source Video Platform|
|Employees||150 (as of december 2011) |
Kaltura is a software company based in New York which was founded in 2006. Kaltura state that their products allow publishers and content owners to publish, manage, monetize and analyze their video and other rich-media content. The main components of Kaltura's online video platform are based on open-source software, enabling any site to add advanced video and rich-media capabilities.
The original concept was built on the collaborative Wiki model but uses media rather than text. Over time, the company changed its focus to providing an open source video platform with a focus on universities, enterprises, media companies and service providers looking to deploy video in their organizations. Publishers can add video capabilities using Kaltura's hosted services, download the open source community edition, deploy the platform on-premise behind their own firewall, or on the cloud (such as Amazon Web Services). Kaltura also provides self-serve video packages for web-platforms such as MediaWiki, WordPress, Tiki Wiki CMS Groupware, Drupal, Joomla, etc.
Kaltura was founded in the fall of 2006 and was launched at the TechCrunch40 industry event in San Francisco on September 18, 2007, and won the People's Choice award based on a vote of the conference's attendees. At that time, the company had 20 employees, and had received 2.1 million dollars in funding from business angels and Californian VC fund Avalon Ventures.
On December 21, 2007, Kaltura won the People's Choice award (over 250,000 users participated in voting) in the Video Sharing category for the Mashable Open Web Awards. Also in 2007, Kaltura began a partnership with the New York Public Library, whose team was headed by Joshua Greenberg. In 2008, Kaltura was selected as one of the "Global 250 Winners" by AlwaysOn. Kaltura CEO and cofounder Ron Yekutiel was photographed for the article "The Suit, Vers. 3.0" in Esquire Magazine's July 2008 edition.
In January 2008, the Wikimedia Foundation and Kaltura announced that they had begun a collaboration aimed at bringing rich-media collaboration to Wikipedia and other wiki websites. The technology behind this project is a form of video-wiki software (open source and still in beta) that is integrated into the Mediawiki platform as an extension, allowing users to add collaborative video players that enable all users to add and edit images, sounds, diagrams, animations and movies in the same manner as they do today with text.
Kaltura was a sponsor of the Wikimania 2008 event, where it announced that it is sponsoring Michael Dale, an open source video developer, to support the further development of a 100% open source video editing solution integrated into MediaWiki. Kaltura is also a founder of the Open Video Alliance, a group of organizations, academics, artists and entrepreneurs, geared towards promoting open standards for video on the web.
Kaltura products include video players, video editors (including a collaborative video editor), a content management system, a WordPress plugin, a Drupal module, a MediaWiki extension, and Ruby and PHP frameworks.
See also 
- "Conversation with Kaltura Founder Ron Yekutiel". CenterNetworks.
- Mark Hendrickson: Kaltura Wins Spot as 40th Company at TechCrunch40 TechCrunch, September 18, 2007
- "Open Web Awards: Final Winners Announced!". Mashable. 2007-12-21.
- AO Global 250 Winners July 17, 2008
- The Suit, Version 3.0 Esquire Magazine online, July 7, 2008
- Wikipedia Invites Users to Take Part in Open, Collaborative Video Experiment. Wikimedia press release, January 17, 2008