July 31, 2009
SaaS Goes Open Source: Kaltura's Yekutiel Tells Us Why
Kaltura's Ron Yekutiel talks to us about open source and video. They organized and participated in a SaaS Goes Open Source panel at AlwaysOn this week, together with SpikeSource, Zimbra, Acquia, Fenwick & West and Alfresco.
It's disruptive he says, but tears down those gardened walls giving corporations better control, flexibility and better integration. More from Ron on the SaaS model, video and open source below.
July 21, 2009
Mitzi TV's Take on Quirky London
She's actually a yank who nows lives in London and her videos are her personal take on quirky London....... from prowling the streets of London in pursuit of a bowl of jellied eel and chatting about vintage cars with shoe designer Jimmy Choo and Formula 1 racecar driver Tiff Needell, to being recruited into a dance by a troupe of Morris dancers.
Below Mitzi with Geeks Sky Schuyler and Renee Blodgett
June 26, 2009
Future of Online and Mobile Video Distribution & Monetization Strategies
The UCLA Anderson School of Management and the German American Business Association (GABA) are hosting a panel discussion with top digital media executives and venture capitalists followed by a reception at the UCLA Faculty Center, on the future of online and mobile video distribution and monetization strategies in North America and Europe.
Despite the rapid online video adoption, achieving profitability continues to be a challenge for many content creators and distribution companies.
Brett Brewer - President of Adknowledge, a performance-based advertising network; Myspace (Intermix Media) Co-founder (acquired by News Corp) & Advisor at Crosscut Ventures
Curt Marvis - President of Digital Media at Lionsgate; Curt oversees digital distribution at all Lionsgate divisions, the company's stake in online video hub Break.com, the FEARNet VOD/Internet channel, as well as the new EPIX online streaming venture together with Paramount & MGM
Mark Suster - Partner at GRP Partners with ~$1 billion under management, previous Founder and CEO of Koral (acquired by Salesforce.com) and BuildOnline (acquired by SWORD Group)
Frank Chindamo – President of Fun Little Movies, the first company to make comedic movies for mobile; FLM won the Content Award at Cannes and the Mofilm Award at GSM and airs on Sprint, MSN Mobile & the iPhones
Michael Metzger (Moderator) - UCLA Anderson Alumnus; GABA Board Member; Vice President at New Century Capital Partners - a digital media focused investment banking firm
The panelists will share their vision of the future of mobile and online video and cover topics including:
--Key success factors for content generated by users, independent producers and the major networks
--Distribution strategies on an individual brand’s site, video portals, mobile carrier’s deck and social networking sites
--Most effective methods for monetizing video content in North America and Europe
--Exciting opportunities for entrepreneurs and video content creators
June 22, 2009
Techlicious Blog Unveiled: Tech-Savvy Friend for Women
The Techlicious blog was launched today, whose mission is to simplify technology, particularly for women.
They tout themselves as the tech-savvy friend women can count on for tips and tricks to get the most out of technology; whether that’s saving time in their hectic schedules, discovering new ways to enjoy their personal interests, or keeping up with the latest technology trends and styles.
As founder Suzanne Kantra points out on the site, according to the Consumer Electronics Association, women influence the purchase of more than 90% of consumer electronics, yet there is nowhere women can go to get straightforward advice tailored to them that is not overly geeky, snarky, or dumbed-down.
Techlicious simplifies things by cutting through the hype and technical jargon to give you the information you need, in language that's easy to understand.
The content will include how-to videos, new product and website recommendations, as well as useful tips for getting the most out of the products they already own.
Their Buyer’s Guides provide advice on choosing the right product for every lifestyle, and include recommendations at various price points. Techlicious also offers a community forum where women can get answers to their questions and share their own tips and discoveries.
June 03, 2009
Mark Cuban on TV & Online Business Models
Mark Cuban was at D last week in a blue and white football jersey. It's hard to believe that the man is neary 51. Still engaging and (okay, hot), he draws the audience in with controversial comments and an air of leadership.
He reminds us that 99% of people still watch TV versus online despite the growth of online video, especially for movies, "HDTV is a big part of people’s lives in the living room," says Mark.
“When Google bought YouTube, they didn’t monetize it immediately. The message was volume and ubiquity, and if that’s the criteria, then you don’t pay attention to money right away.”
As for Cuban on his future plans, he says, "it’s a big fight and really expensive to have anything stand out. Unless you think you can create a platform that out-numbers YouTube, and then you have to work up against some really big pockets."
Despite some that say online viral will work alone, there’s still a huge cost of marketing, particularly if you want to stay in the game long term. Walt Mossberg asks him whether he actually watches online video and we learn that he does but it's not "substantial."
Video for the internet becomes a testing ground for mediums that have revenue and actual businesses that can be profitable. Rupert Murdoch, who was sitting three seats away from me in the front row, was busy jotting down notes as Cuban talked about online video business models. And then he changed direction, "What happens if someone outgoogled Google?" he asks Walt in an intimate on-stage dialogue.
He expands on business models. "Facebook has a large user base but is experimenting with everything else." Mark reminds us that everyone has a primary area and then everything else. He says, "Google has search that they monetize and that subsidizes everything else. Everyone has their one big thing where they make money and it subsidizes everything else."
Swisher asks him what he thinks the business model is for Twitter, still determined to get an answer a day after the Twitter founders were on stage. Cuban responds, “its not a question of a business model, it’s a question with what. They’re just having fun teasing everyone and playing with people, but its just a question of when.”
Charisma and a sense of authority remains, football jersey and all. Latest stats I've seen is that he has a net worth of $2.3 billion. Not bad for recessionary times.
May 24, 2009
La Calle Mission: Poetry & Visuals in Motion
Everyone's having fun with video. A relative of someone I know was involved in the creation and production of this amateur video about San Francisco's Mission District. Directed by Xaul Reyes, poem by Huracan Gomez.
While the quality is sketchy at times, remember that these guys don't have video experience and simply by playing around with basic video editing tools, they can throw Huracan's poem up on the web in no time without spending a fortune and give viewers a pretty realistic view of the lower Mission.
April 09, 2009
Video 12Seconds at a Time
Hope to start playing around with 12Seconds which recently launched soon.
You can use 12Seconds to send updates through video in short snippets using your web cam or mobile phone. 12Seconds allows you to show your friends where you are, share your thoughts, or tell them how you're doing.
March 26, 2009
Gaming Movers & Shakers
Below are a collection of mug shots I took at the VentureBeat GamesBeat conference on Tuesday. Their one day event was a welcome break from the week long GDC (game developers conference) at the Moscone that was largely technical.
Here, movers and shakers discussed business issues in a series of panels. At the end, six companies presented five minute demos. The winner of the on-stage demo was Dave Long of Exponential Entertainment -- photo can be found at the bottom of this post.
Kai Bond of Switch Games
VentureBeat's Dean Takahashi
Playfish's Kristian Segerstrale
Below: Judges watch as vendors demo
Game designers and founders demo to a panel of judges below:
VentureBeat's Matt Marshall introduces the winner
Matt Marshall with Dave Long of Exponential Entertainment
Additional photos can be found here.
March 24, 2009
VentureBeat's GamesBeat 2009
I'm gathering data, shooting and hanging with interesting characters in the gaming industry at VentureBeat's Games Beat event in San Francisco.
VentureBeat is teaming with industry heavy-weights to explore how gaming is quickly becoming pervasive in both business and our everyday lives. It's a perfect day excursion for those in town attending the GDC (Game Developers Conference) at the Moscone this week.
Conference sessions will be streamed live through both the GamesBeat and VentureBeat sites. Emcees include Dean Takahashi (VentureBeat) and Chris Taylor (Gas Powered Games) with the first morning session covering where investing and business models are heading in the next five years.
There are also be a number of players who are presenting a five minute pitch and a winner will be chosen by a panel of judges based on their potential for marketability and financial success. The audience will vote on the “gamers’ choice.
March 08, 2009
OnHollywood's Spring Agenda
Check out Digital Hollywood's LA Spring 09 Agenda. Despite the recession, conferences and events continue even if less people are going.
This year's date: May 4-7, 2009 at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel. They're still accepting speakers and track topics are broad: money, media, entertainment and technology, Hollywood platforms and content, advertising on social networks, TV & video, broadband, mobile and games, selling movies on the web, personalized video and advertising on the web, metrics & analytics and P2P and user-generated media.
There's also an interesting one on how content celebrity media will transform broadband, mobile, social media and TV.