|Headquarters||Milpitas, California, United States|
|No. of locations||Beijing, New Delhi, Mumbai, Shenzhen|
|Key people||Nickhil Jakatdar, CEO and founder|
|Industry||Mobile video entertainment|
|Slogan(s)||Any video, any time, anywhere|
|Alexa rank||30,236 (April 2014[update])|
Vuclip is a mobile video and media company started by Nickhil Jakatdar and Zhigang Chen in 2008. The company is based in Milpitas, Silicon Valley and uses the technology they crafted to allow users to search for and watch web videos on any video-enabled mobile device. According to data from Opera, it is one of the top 30 mobile sites globally and one of the top ten mobile sites in India. The technology they crafted allows Vuclip to deliver crisp, non-jerky video or audio over congested mobile networks and onto dumb-phone screens, assuring that the video on these screens is roughly comparable to those on a smart phone. Vuclip’s software breaks a video or audio file into chunks of about fifteen seconds and streams them over the mobile network, a chunk at a time. As it is readied to be streamed, a transcoding technology translates the chunks to match the quality level of the network, slowing down the stream for more congested networks. In the final step, a Vuclip algorithm assures that the chunks are seamlessly connected, whether the network is slow or fast.
Vuclip has partnerships with carriers throughout India including Bharti Airtel, Tata DoCoMo, and Vodafone. The company also has deals in Southeast Asia with Maxis Communications, XL Axiata, and Telkomsel. They have served up over 2 billion video views to users worldwide. Vuclip, efforts mainly in emerging markets, now has over 120 million monthly unique users, nearly double the 45 million from February 2013, along with 1.5 billion minutes of mobile video served every month across 700 channels+ of content from Disney, Sony and other premium providers. Founder Jakatdar says free or subsidized video sampling is required to convince users not on data plans that the service is worthwhile. In addition to working with telco partners to subsidize select video viewing, Vuclip also relies on mobile companies for their billing infrastructure.
The company is private and has received $35 mn in funding from NEA Jafco Ventures. and SingTel Innov8. The company closed a Series C round of funding in May 2011 and raised $8 million from previous investors NEA and Jafco. The company closed a Series D round of funding in November 2012 and raised $13 million with SingTel Innov8 as the lead investor. Existing investors NEA and Jafco also participated in Vuclip's Series D. It also lets online publishers and content owners make their video content available on mobile devices through a white-label API program. The company is located in Milpitas, CA with offices in New Delhi, Mumbai, Beijing, and Shenzhen.
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