Kaltura

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Privately held
Industry Internet Video
Founded 2006
Founder Ron Yekutiel,[1] Shay David, Michal Tsur, and Eran Etam[2]
Headquarters New York City[3], US
Services Video Platform
Number of employees
400+ (as of August 2016)[4]
Website www.kaltura.com

Kaltura is a New York-based software company founded in 2006.[5] Kaltura states that its mission is to power any video experience. Kaltura operates in four major markets for video based solutions: Cloud TV (AKA OTT TV) for operators and media companies, OVP (Online Video Platform) offered mostly to media companies and brands looking to distribute content or monetize it, EdVP (Education Video Platform) offered to educational institutions who are increasingly relying on video as for teaching and learning, and EVP (Enterprise Video Platform) offered to enterprises who use video for collaboration, communications and marketing. Kaltura offers a broad Video Platform as a Service, as well as turnkey video based SaaS solutions across all these markets. Kaltura is the initiator and backer of a successful open-source video-management project.

Concept[edit]

Kaltura's original concept was built on the collaborative Wiki model that uses media rather than text. Over time, the company changed its focus to providing a broad video platform as a service, as well as many turnkey SaaS products. The vision of Kaltura has been that video is everywhere, and as a new data type, needs to be treated at the platform level.

History[edit]

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.[6] At that time, the company had 20 employees, and had received $2.1 million in funding from business angels and Californian VC fund Avalon Ventures.[6]

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.[7] 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.[8] Kaltura CEO and cofounder Ron Yekutiel was photographed for the article "The Suit, Vers. 3.0" in Esquire's July 2008 edition.[9]

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.[10] 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.[11] 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.

In August 2016, Kaltura announced that it had raised $50 million from Goldman Sachs.[12]

Kaltura currently has offices in New York City, Israel, London, and Brazil.[13]

Products[edit]

Kaltura products include a Video Platform as a Service (VPaaS), an OTT TV (Cloud TV) Platform, a video player, a Webcasting platform, Lecture Capture offering, Video Management Platform, a Video Portal (CorporateTube) product, a WordPress plugin, a Drupal video module, a Blackboard Video Building Block, a Moodle Video Extension, a Sharepoint Video Webpart, a Canvas Extension, a Brightspace Video Extension, a Sakai Extension, and Ruby and PHP, and .NET frameworks.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ron Yekutiel interview on Startup Camel Podcast". Startup Camel. Retrieved 28 February 2015. 
  2. ^ "Kaltura Co-Founder and President Dr. Michal Tsur Talks About Her Start-Ups". Jewish Business News. Retrieved 24 August 2016. 
  3. ^ Christine Lagorio-Chafkin. "How Kaltura Went From Free-Spirited Collaboration Tool to the Future of Online Video". Inc. Retrieved 18 September 2016. 
  4. ^ Todd Longwell. "OTT Tech Provider Kaltura Scores $50M in Pre-IPO Funding". videoink. Retrieved 24 August 2016. 
  5. ^ "Conversation with Kaltura Founder Ron Yekutiel". CenterNetworks. 
  6. ^ a b Mark Hendrickson: Kaltura Wins Spot as 40th Company at TechCrunch40 TechCrunch, September 18, 2007
  7. ^ "Open Web Awards: Final Winners Announced!". Mashable. December 21, 2007. 
  8. ^ AO Global 250 Winners July 17, 2008
  9. ^ "The Suit, Version 3.0" Esquire online, July 7, 2008
  10. ^ Wikipedia Invites Users to Take Part in Open, Collaborative Video Experiment. Wikimedia press release, January 17, 2008
  11. ^ Joanie Dale says: (July 23, 2008). "Kaltura sponsors Michael Dale, open source video developer — Wikimedia blog". Blog.wikimedia.org. Retrieved September 13, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Open-source video platform Kaltura raises $50M from Goldman Sachs, confirms plans to IPO". VentureBeat. August 8, 2016. 
  13. ^ Christine Lagorio-Chafkin. "How Kaltura Went From Free-Spirited Collaboration Tool to the Future of Online Video". Inc. Retrieved 18 September 2016. 

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