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|Founder(s)||Nitin Bhandari, Erik Swenson,
|Headquarters||Mountain View, California, USA|
|Key people||Nitin Bhandari (CEO)|
|Products||Rocket Optimizer, Skyfire Horizon, Skyfire Web Browser|
Skyfire is a software company founded in 2007, and acquired by Opera Software in 2013. They offer network optimization technologies including video optimization and monetization tools for carriers. Skyfire maintains their Skyfire Web Browser, for Apple iOS (for both the iPhone and iPad) platforms, as a showcase and laboratory for its mobile operator technology. Skyfire was funded by venture capital, and was acquired by Opera Software in March 2013.
Skyfire received initial funding of $4.8 million from Matrix Partners and Trinity Ventures in June 2007. Skyfire increased their funding in 2008 with an additional $13 million investment from Lightspeed Venture Partners, Matrix and Trinity. As part of the investment, a Lightspeed Ventures partner joined the board of directors. In January 2012, they received $8 million from Verizon Investments LLC, Matrix, Trinity, and Lightspeed. In 2010, Skyfire purchased Kolbysoft, which allowed them to extend their web browser for the Android marketplace with Kolby’s Steel Web Browser. In October 2012, SkyFire raised $10 million in series D financing from Panorama Capital, which is a venture capital firm that spun out from JP Morgan Chase in 2006.
On February 15, 2013, Skyfire was acquired by Opera Software for $155 million—Opera primarily eyed Skyfire for its video optimization technologies, which complements its own content optimization technologies.
Skyfire’s Rocket Optimizer is a platform used by Wireless Operators to optimize video and images and save bandwidth while allowing multimedia, particularly video, to load more smoothly at times of poor wireless connectivity. It can optimize most unencrypted online videos in real-time. It optimizes based on device type and network congestion levels. It does so by performing greater optimization for smaller screen sizes with minimal impact on the end user and optimizes more heavily when networks are experiencing higher traffic rates. Rocket Optimizer 3.0 is the most recent version of Skyfire's carrier-grade network video and data optimization platform, and was launched in January 2013. It offers real-time optimization of mobile video to enable smoother streaming, and allows for the ability to measure, quantify and then mitigate congestion down to a per-stream level. Rocket Optimizer 3.0 also supports video formats, including MP4 (which comprises most HTML5 and iOS video). The Optimizer can be used on both 3G and 4G LTE networks.
Skyfire’s Horizon is a web browser extension framework to the native smartphone browser. The toolbar is a fully customizable web-based operator portal embedded in the default browser of new smartphones. It offers extensions that can be customized by mobile and end users. It includes a web-based management portal that allows an operator to define extensions via the cloud without needing to update client software. It allows personal services to users and also ad serving capabilities. Skyfire Horizon is currently deployed on multiple tier one carriers in North America, and is in numerous trials across the U.S. and Europe.
In October 2012, Sprint added Skyfire Horizon to their Pinsight Media+ promotion, and its upcoming Android devices.
Skyfire Web Browser
Skyfire Web Browser is the company’s consumer product which delivers a requestor’s web page using a webkit rendering engine on the device using the browser. While delivering the web content, the browser analyzes the URL on a proprietary server and instantly optimizes and streams flash videos to the mobile device. The web browser is currently available on the Android and Apple iOS. Skyfire maintained its consumer app business as a showcase and laboratory for its technology. Skyfire apps across Apple iOS and Google Android devices have been downloaded by over 17 million users. According to the Apple App Store, the app was the #1 paid utility app for the iPad in 2011.
In 2008, their web browser was named in a blog as one of the six mobile applications for Windows Mobile. This was prior to the company discontinuing their browser for the Windows Mobile Platform. Skyfire was also awarded the 2008 Mobile Maverick Award by Laptop Magazine. In 2009, they received the Webby People’s Voice Award for Best Mobile Application and were also recognized in 2010 by PC World as the World Best Third-Party Android Browser. Skyfire was recognized for their web browser being the second Adroid App of all time by Tech Crunch in 2010 and as one of the top ten startup companies to watch by Light Reading’s in 2011.
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