||A major contributor to this article appears to have a close connection with its subject. (March 2010)|
|Foundation date||California, USA|
|Headquarters||Redwood City, California, United States|
|Key people||Ramu Sunkara
|Owner||Microsoft Skype Division|
|Type of site||Video hosting service|
|Available in||English and Japanese|
Qik is a mobile-based live video-sharing website and two-way video conferencing application that allows users to stream live video from their cell phones to the internet. Qik enables users to record and upload video directly from supported cell phones. Qik, a Silicon Valley startup, launched its alpha version in December 2007 and went into public beta in July 2008.
As of April 2009, Qik supports about 140 cell phones for its software. Qik videos can be shared via Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and many other social network sites.
On April 2009, Qik was the first mobile video service to support Facebook Connect. It allows Qik users to automatically post videos directly to their video collection or wall and does not require them to install additional Facebook applications.
Qik was founded by Ramu Sunkara, Bhaskar Roy and Nikolay Abkairov in 2007.
In April 2008, Qik received $3 million in Series B funding from Marc Benioff (Salesforce.com), Arjun Gupta (Telesoft Partners) and George Garrick (Jingle Networks). In September 2008, a month after its beta release, Qik received an undisclosed amount of investments from Netscape veterans Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz. Both have agreed to serve as board advisers on Qik.
In mid-2009 Qik received another round of funding under $5.5 million from Peter Loukianoff at Almaz Capital and Quest Venture Partners, and some private investors.
In January 2011 Skype Limited acquired Qik and in May 2011 Skype was itself acquired by Microsoft Corporation.
It also enables users to share their videos manually to websites like Digg, StumbleUpon, Del.icio.us, MySpace, Technorati, Facebook, Ovi by Nokia and WordPress. Qik videos do have embedded links which allows users to embed Qik videos onto their personal website. Qik has a feature to embed the channel on a user's website so that the user will be streaming real time on their website as well.
The Qik iPhone app allows the upload of videos from the Camera Roll and live streaming to the internet. Qik announced the first ever Android live streaming client on June 4, 2010 with the launch of the HTC Evo 4G. Qik two-way video chat is available in the United States on some devices with some service providers.
Awards and recognition
- Winner of Laptop Magazine Mobile Maverick Award.
- Winner of the Webby Award in the Best Use of Mobile Video category for the 13th Annual Webby Awards.
- Qik recognized as #2 Most Innovative Startup by Telecom Council of Silicon Valley.
- Qik is selected as the 10 Web Sites That Will Matter in 2009.
- Qik is voted #2 Mobile Application in Mashable's Bloggers Choice Open Web Awards.
- Top 10 Consumer Web Apps of 2008.
- Voted No. 2 Startup in Launch Pad.
- Listed as top 15 most Fierce Online Video Movers and Shakers.
- Featured as a must have applications For Nokia N95 and Other Nokia Smartphones.
- Qik - Application of the week on Forum Nokia.
- 10 Best Free S60 Applications For Your Symbian Device.
- Qik is listed as the Top Ten startups to watch by Technology Review.
- Qik selected amongst the Top 15 Mobile Applications by Venture Beats.
- Qik Named Amongst the Top 100 AlwaysOn OnHollywood 100.
- Qik was named as the top 10 apps to have for your Symbian S60 phone.
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- Confirmed: Skype Buys Mobile Video Startup Qik
- Skype announces plans to acquire Qik
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