Kaltura

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Kaltura
Privately held
IndustryInternet Video
Founded2006
FounderRon Yekutiel (Chairman, CEO and Co-Founder)
Shay David (President, General Manager and Co-Founder)
Michal Tsur (President, General Manager and Co-Founder)
Eran Etam (Co-Founder)
Headquarters
New York City, New York
,
US
Key people
Sergei Liakhovetsky (CTO)
Yaron Garmaziy (CFO)
Sigal Srur (CHRO)
Yehiam Shinder (CIO)
Ido Wiesenberg (SVP)
ServicesVideo Platform
OwnerKaltura Inc.
Number of employees
450 (December 2017)
Websitewww.kaltura.com
Footnotes / references
[1][2][3][4]

Kaltura is a New York-based software company founded in 2006.[5] Kaltura operates in four major markets: Cloud TV (that is, OTT) for operators and media companies, online video platform (OVP) offered mostly to media companies and brands looking to distribute content or monetize it, Education Video Platform (EdVP) offered to educational institutions who are increasingly relying on video for teaching and learning, and Enterprise Video Platform (EVP) 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 an open-source video-management project.

History[edit]

Early 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 (of open source purport) that was 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.

Recent history[edit]

In May 2014 Kaltura purchased Tvinci for its over-the-top (OTT) TV service.[12] In August 2016, Kaltura announced that it had raised $50 million from Goldman Sachs.[13] In 2017 a collaboration with a cloud based Unified Communications solution nominated from Gartner Inc. as Cool Vendor in Unified Communications, 2017[14][15] was announced.[16][17] In December 2017, Kaltura had 450 employees.[18] In 2019 Kaltura crossed $100 million in annual recurring revenues (ARR).[19]

In April 2019 Kaltura announced its intention to develop Cloud TV with Dativa through a dedicated data lake.[20][21]

In early 2020 Kaltura announced its acquisition of Newrow, a platform for collaborative online meetings.[22]

Corporate affairs[edit]

Kaltura currently has offices in Brazil, Israel, Singapore, the United Kingdom, and the United States.[1]

Leadership[edit]

Kaltura is managed by Chairman, CEO and Co-Founder Ron Yekutiel. Other key executives are:[23]

  • Shay David, President, General Manager, Media & Telecom and Co-Founder
  • Michal Tsur, President, General Manager, Enterprise & Learning and Co-Founder
  • Sergei Liakhovetsky, Chief Technology Officer
  • Yaron Garmazi, Chief Financial Officer
  • Sigal Srur, Chief Human Resources Officer
  • Ido Wiesenberg, Senior Vice President, Corporate Development
  • Yehiam Shinder, Chief Information Officer

Products / business model[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. Kaltura's products today include a Video Platform as a Service (VPaaS), an OTT TV (cloud TV) Platform, a video player, a mobile video player SDK,[24] a Webcasting platform, a Lecture Capture offering, a 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.

Kaltura systems have been deployed in the UK Parliament`s online audio-video streams.

Awards[edit]

  • 2007: People's Choice award in the Video Sharing category for the Mashable Open Web Awards[7]
  • 2008: "Global 250 Winners" by AlwaysOn[8]

In 2018, Inc. named Kaltura as one of “20 Tech Innovators to Watch”.[25]

In 2020, Kaltura was added to TechCrunch’s “$100 million ARR club”, a list of companies that exceed $100 million in annual recurring revenue (ARR).[26]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Christine Lagorio-Chafkin. "How Kaltura Went From Free-Spirited Collaboration Tool to the Future of Online Video". Inc. Retrieved September 18, 2016.
  2. ^ Todd Longwell. "OTT Tech Provider Kaltura Scores $50M in Pre-IPO Funding". videoink. Retrieved August 24, 2016.
  3. ^ "Ron Yekutiel interview on Startup Camel Podcast". Startup Camel. Retrieved February 28, 2015.
  4. ^ "Kaltura Co-Founder and President Dr. Michal Tsur Talks About Her Start-Ups". Jewish Business News. Retrieved August 24, 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. ^ a b "Open Web Awards: Final Winners Announced!". Mashable. December 21, 2007.
  8. ^ a b 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. ^ Tom Cheredar: Kaltura buys Tvinci to become the Swiss army knife of video platforms VentureBeat, May 1, 2014
  13. ^ "Open-source video platform Kaltura raises $50M from Goldman Sachs, confirms plans to IPO". VentureBeat. August 8, 2016.
  14. ^ Cool Vendors in Unified Communications, 2017, May 11, 2017, Gartner Inc.. Retrieved August 24, 2017
  15. ^ eyeson: VisoCon Named a 2017 Cool Vendor by Gartner, July 31, 2017, CommsTrader. Retrieved August 25, 2017
  16. ^ Kaltura-Kunden koennen nun eyeson, eine cloudbasierte Conferencing Software, nutzen, February 2, 2017, pressetext. Retrieved August 25, 2017
  17. ^ How to Run a Successful Video Meeting, January 17, 2017, VisoCon. Retrieved August 25, 2017
  18. ^ "Kaltura CEO: We're in this for the long haul". en.globes.co.il (in Hebrew). December 6, 2017. Retrieved May 6, 2020.
  19. ^ "The $100M ARR club welcomes four new members". TechCrunch. Retrieved February 23, 2020.
  20. ^ Kaltura teams up with Dativa for cloud TV services Published by broadbandtvnews.com on April 9, 2019. Consulted on May 29, 2019
  21. ^ Kaltura and Dativa Enter Strategic Partnership to Develop Industry First Cloud TV Data Lake Published by globenewswire.com on April 9, 2019. Consulted on May 29, 2019
  22. ^ https://www.streamingmedia.com/Articles/ReadArticle.aspx?ArticleID=136185
  23. ^ "Kaltura Management Team and Investors". Kaltura. Retrieved December 19, 2019.
  24. ^ "Kaltura Releases Mobile Video Player SDK Version 3.0!". ProgrammableWeb. April 13, 2017.
  25. ^ Kerpen, Dave (September 11, 2017). "20 Tech Innovators to Watch in 2018". Inc.com. Retrieved March 30, 2020.
  26. ^ "The $100M ARR club welcomes four new members". TechCrunch. Retrieved March 30, 2020.