Vuclip

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Vuclip
Vuclip Logo
Type Private
Founded July 2008
Headquarters Milpitas, California, United States
No. of locations Beijing, New Delhi, Mumbai, Shenzhen
Area served Worldwide
Key people Nickhil Jakatdar, CEO and founder
Industry Mobile video entertainment
Slogan(s) Any video, any time, anywhere
Website vuclip.com
Alexa rank negative increase 30,236 (April 2014)[1]

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.[2][3] According to data from Opera, it is one of the top 30 mobile sites globally[4] and one of the top ten mobile sites in India.[5] 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.[3] 

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.[6] 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.[7] 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.[8]

The company is private and has received $35 mn[9] in funding[10] from NEA[11] Jafco Ventures.[12] 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.[6] 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.[13] It also lets online publishers and content owners make their video content available on mobile devices through a white-label API program.[14] The company is located in Milpitas, CA with offices in New Delhi, Mumbai, Beijing, and Shenzhen.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Vuclip.com Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  2. ^ "About Vuclip". Vuclip. 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-10-20. 
  3. ^ a b Auletta, Ken (2013-04-02). "How To Make a Dumb Phone Seem Smarter". The New Yorker. Archived from the original on 2013-04-04. 
  4. ^ von Tetzchner, Jon (November 2010). "State of the Mobile Web November 2010". Opera Software. Archived from the original on 2011-02-20. 
  5. ^ "News on Advertising, Marketing, Media, Digital, Print Ad & Brand News afaqs!". Telecomyatra.afaqs.com. Retrieved 2014-03-10. 
  6. ^ a b Rao, Leena (2011-05-19). "Mobile Video Search Engine Vuclip Raises $8 Million". TechCrunch. Archived from the original on 2011-05-20. 
  7. ^ Lunden, Ingrid (2013-06-13). "In The Shadow Of YouTube, Vuclip Grows Its Mobile Video Network To 80M Uniques, Fends Off Suitors And Eyes Up Acquisitions". TechCrunch. Archived from the original on 2013-06-14. 
  8. ^ Savage, Mike (2014-06-09). "OTT: From Freemium to Pay". Media Business Asia. Retrieved 2014-06-18. 
  9. ^ Kafka, Peter (2012-11-13). "Vuclip Looks Outside the U.S. for Mobile Video Watchers and Finds a Lot of Them". AllThingsD. Archived from the original on 2012-11-16. 
  10. ^ "Mobile video startup Vuclip raises $6M". Silicon Valley Business Journal. Bizjournals.com. 2009-09-22. Archived from the original on 2010-10-18. 
  11. ^ "Portfolio". New Enterprise Associates. Archived from the original on 2012-03-03. 
  12. ^ "Investment Portfolio". Jafco Ventures. Archived from the original on 2010-06-02. 
  13. ^ Huang, Ryan (2012-11-16). "SingTel invests in mobile video services startup Vuclip". ZDNet. Archived from the original on 2012-12-01. 
  14. ^ "Vuclip Partners". Vuclip. Archived from the original on 2008-08-31. 

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