Will the next adtech video champion come from Europe?

Hervé Brunet, the writer of this guest post, is the CEO and co-founder of Paris-based StickyADStv, a leading video ads platform and marketplace in France.

stickyADStv-adtechAdtech companies are getting traction these days. The successful introduction of Criteo onto the Nasdaq, followed by the introduction of Rubicon Project onto the NYSE, are great news since investors had shown little interest in adtech IPOs until very recently. In fact, many newly introduced adtech companies suffered spectacular stock depreciation shortly after their launch. For the record, YuMe and Tremor Video received mixed market feedback with falls of up to 70% of their value.

In light of this, the French market has good reasons to be proud of the recent merger of eBuzzing and Teads. The merger gave birth to a new French Tech challenger that is seeking to go public onto the Nasdaq in 2015. It has become clear that the video advertising market is the most dynamic segment of the advertising market. The countdown has now started for a time of large-scale operations.

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Vid! app makes looping videos social and viral

VidLogoWebrazziVid!, an iOS app that allows user to partially edit and share looping videos, has been launched today with backing from a notable group of angel investors contributing nearly $1.2 million of seed funding.

Angel investors include Masao Tejima, president of OpenTable Japan, Sharmila Mulligan, Silicon Valley veteran hailing from HP and Netscape, David Kellogg, Daniel Terry, CEO, Pocket Gems, among others. The angel round also includes investment from Storm Ventures, Tenex Capital Fund, DBO Capital and the Orrick Venture Fund.

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Online cinematheque MUBI closes $7.5M funding from a group that includes mayor of London

MUBI-Screenshot-VolverMUBI, the unique online cinema platform for cinephiles, raises $7.5 million in series D funding from an eclectic group of individual investors and VCs which included characters such as Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London.

Other contributors to the funding round include Can Serter, Cem Tufekci, Umur Ozal, Martin Varsavsky, Eric Fellner of Working Title Films and a fund MMC Ventures launched together with Johnson, Simon Patterson and Joe Osnoss, the co-head of Silver Lake Partners in Europe.

This last round grew total investor funding in the company to 12 $million. The company says its Android version will arrive this quarter.

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Tesla expecting fast growth in Europe, schedules opening of 30 new stations (bonus video from MWC14)

tesla-europe-webrazziTesla, the pioneering producer of chic electric cars, announces ambitious plans for European market, with 30 additional service and supercharger stations scheduled to open this year. The company says their high expectations will prove accurate as their potential customer base in the old continent is steadily growing. It expects combined sales in Europe and Asia will be twice as high as sales in North America.

The company who has already 14 stations in northern Europe said that it targets Europe as a priority market, and is determined to significantly expand supercharger network to allow people to drive longer distances across the continent, according to the press release.

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Open source video platform Kaltura raises $47M in new round

Kaltura-logo-webrazziOpen source video platform Kaltura has secured a new round of funding worth $47 million that puts the overall valuation of the company at around $250 million. The round is led by SAP Ventures, the German business software giant SAP business arm, and by Nokia Growth Partners, CommonFund and Gera Ventures. They were joined by existing shareholders including Intel Capital, 406 Ventures, Nexus Venture Partners, Mitsui & Co. Global Investment, Inc., and Silicon Valley Bank.

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A start-up story: UzmanTV caught profitability in 4.5 years

I believe that early start-up owners should write a book about their story, even a blog, in Turkey. Successful start-up owners should transfer their knowledge and experience on blogs, just as thesis and studies transfer know-how in academic career.

This story was inspired by Ersan Özer, who started to write his blog again.

Ersan Özer’s article on sitesahibi.com tells about UzmanTV’s journey and how it made today. The 5-year start-up gives decent messages to new entrepreneurs.

My aim for writing about this story is both to extend this article to more people, and to encourage early start-up owners to write their blogs, and we invite them to write for Webrazzi as guest authors. I guess I have to shortly mention about Uzman TV’s story now.

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AlkislarlaYasiyorum.com Acquired by Nokta

We already knew that Nokta would make new acquisitions in Turkish Internet market following Intel Capital investment, while the company’s co-founder and CEO Tümay Asena, who spoke at Webrazzi Agenda meetings, mentioned of the company’s plans for this aim.

We have confirmed new acquisition news that we had been hearing of for a while and learned that Nokta has bought the popular video website AlkislarlaYasiyorum.com.

We even found out that the website has been transferred to Nokta’s DNS and spoke with Nokta to confirm the purchase.

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Sevenice Gets Investment from Swiss Company and Becomes Sevenice Switzerland

Sevenice, founded by Gökçen Karan and Publishing Sponsor of Webrazzi Agenda’s, is becoming a Switzerland company with the investment and start-up capital it has received from Switzerland. The company makes videos for Internet, advertising and presentation videos and corporate apps for Facebook and iPhone, and it will be re-established in Switzerland.

Sevenice attended an annually held project ideas competition held by an organization called “Self-employed  micro credit and consultancy companies” (ziel selbststaendig) constitution, supported by various companies including Kantonal Bank, Stadt Zurich and MIGROS kulturprozent and led by Zurich Foundation, and gained the right to receive start-up capital as one of the 20 candidates in the final among 600 project ideas.

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comScore’s Video Metrix Turkey Report: We Watch More Videos on Facebook Than on YouTube!

The Turkey report by Video Metrix, the video measurement service of comScore, is now released. The report says that Facebook is the web site where most videos are viewed in Turkey. Google sites come next.

Having launched its first services in the USA four years ago, Video Metrix provides measurement of online videos and has recently released its first report on Turkish market. The first Video Metrix Turkey report indicates that 20.2 million single viewers watched 3 billion videos in February this year.

According to this report which puts forward very significant data, approximately 17 million Facebook users watched approximately 800 million videos in February. This points out that 46.6 videos on average are watched by a single user per month.

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Devrim Demirel’s Angel Investment Savevid.com Acquired

Devrim Demirel, founder of BerilTech, owner of successful sales of Blogcu.com and TR.TC, has been working day and night for Sirketce.com these days. However, it seems that, unlike what we know, Devrim Demirel has not stopped working, and made a small investment, of which even we got news after the sale.

This initiative is called Savevid.com, which enables downloading and watching videos from a variety of video websites, especially from YouTube, and has been recently acquired by a company based in Israel.

Even though I have just learnt about the initiative in which Devrim Demirel has taken part for 2 years as angel investor, I found it quite successful.

The service, started by Tolga Okvuran living abroad, received a total of 40 million visits the last year. These visits provided a total of 120 million page views and 72 million videos downloaded.

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