Kaltura Raises $47 Million on the Heels of Massive Growth

written by: Richard Kastelein

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kalturalogoKaltura, the leading open source video platform, has secured an additional $47 million of funding. The financing round was led by new investors SAP Ventures, Nokia Growth Partners, Commonfund Capital, and Brazil-based Gera Ventures with participation from existing investors .406 Ventures, Nexus Venture Partners, Intel Capital, Mitsui & Co. Global Investment, Inc., and Silicon Valley Bank.

Kaltura will use the additional capital to further accelerate product development, and extend operations into Brazil, Mexico, China, Japan, Australia, Singapore, and Korea.

The funding comes on the heels of yet another phenomenal year, which further cemented Kaltura as a market leader, as reaffirmed by leading analysts such as Gartner and Forrester, and as recognized by leading publications.  Kaltura was recently named ‘One of 10 Wildly Successful Startups’ by Inc. Magazine, ‘One of 5 Companies That Made Media Consumption Smarter This Year’ by Forbes, and ‘One of 5 Companies That Transformed Enterprise Communication in 2013’ and ‘One of Top 5 Startups Revolutionizing Education’ by Business Insider.

“The rapid adoption of our technology around the globe is a testament to the central role that video plays in every facet of our connected lives.  We are proud to enable and streamline the creation of hundreds of video-enabled applications and workflows, and to assist hundreds of millions of people to improve the way they work, learn, collaborate, and entertain using video,” said Ron Yekutiel, Kaltura Chairman and CEO.

Kaltura customers include: leading media companies such as HBO, ABC, Warner Brothers, Paramount, DirecTV, Turner, and Wikipedia; leading corporations such as Bank of America, Intel, SAP, Century 21, Ericsson, Danone, Discount Tire, Accenture, AstraZeneca, Groupon, Nestle, Philips and IKEA; and leading educational institutions such as Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Durham, Warwick, Princeton, Cornell, Columbia, California State University and NYU. Kaltura distributors and channel partners include Atos, InterCall, Blackboard, Desire2Learn, Ellemedia, and Cognos Online.

“Following our success in North America and Europe, we started addressing Asia Pacific and Latin America and were met by explosive demand,” added Yekutiel. “We will continue to grow our operations in all four regions this year, as well as further accelerate our product development.  Upcoming releases include advanced live, OTT, analytics, and monetization solutions for media companies and service providers; webcasting capabilities for enterprises; and lecture capture capabilities for educational institutions.”

Kaltura continues to introduce innovative video solutions at a staggering pace, with the aid of the more than 50,000 community members at www.kaltura.org. Media companies are empowered by Kaltura to boost their audience reach, user engagement, and revenue with a cutting edge monetization suite, the market’s fastest loading video player, and powerful distribution tools. Kaltura is also disrupting the market with its turnkey OTT solution – Kaltura MediaGo™ - which allows content-owners to easily launch their own ‘Netflix-like’ video portal.

In the Enterprise, Kaltura’s CorporateTube™ social video portal dominates the market, powering knowledge sharing, collaboration and unleashing employee creativity and participation. New integrations with IBM Connections and Jive, along with Kaltura’s SharePointextension, push the envelope for enterprise communication. Kaltura additionally addresses external marketing and communication use-cases.

On the Education front, Kaltura is redefining the education experience, powering all of the latest video-based trends, including Flipped Classrooms, MOOCs, SPOCs, and Social Learning. Kaltura’s CampusTube™ social video portal, and deep integration with all Learning Management Systems – including, BlackboardMoodleDesire2LearnSakai, and the upcoming release of Kaltura’s Canvas App - enable the most engaging and effective educational video experiences across the campus and beyond.

 “SAP Ventures is excited to be joining forces with Kaltura.  Video is the way that most people prefer to consume information, which means video infrastructure is an essential element not only for media businesses, but also educational institutions and enterprises,” said David Hartwig, Managing Director at SAP Ventures.   

“We believe that Kaltura offers the most innovative solution, and a capable team which has executed flawlessly during the last few years.  It’s a great synergy because SAP Ventures is uniquely capable of helping Kaltura reach these three customer bases globally, with our recent addition of Market Development function to our firm.” 

Yekutiel commented:

“We chose SAP Ventures because of their unparalleled dedication to the business development of their portfolio companies, a commitment shown by hiring a team to focus specifically on this. As a VC firm focused on enterprise software opportunities, SAP Ventures' proven team and focus on customer acquisition cannot be beat.”

“Video will soon constitute two thirds of all mobile data, and as such is an area of great interest for us as a leader in enabling mobility” said Upal Basu, Partner at Nokia Growth Partners (NGP). “Kaltura’s business progress and market-leading HTML5 based video technology made it a natural choice for NGP. We look forward to collaborating closely with the company and assisting with global expansion.”

“Kaltura has shown great traction in Latin America already, and we expect that to grow significantly now with this new backing and expansion in the region,” said Leila Orenstein, Partner at Gera Ventures. “We are especially excited about Kaltura’s business in the education sector, which is our own focus as well, but look forward to helping generate new business in all three target verticals through our broad network of connections.”

About the Author

Richard Kastelein
Founder of The Hackfest, publisher of TV App Market and global expert on Media & TV innovation, Kastelein is an award winning publisher and futurist. He has guest lectured at MIT Media Lab, University of Cologne, sat on media convergence panel at 2nd EU Digital Assembly in Brussels, and worked with broadcasters such as the BBC, NPO, RTL (DE and NL), Eurosport, NBCU, C4, ITV, Seven Network and others on media convergence strategy - Social TV, OTT, DLNA and 2nd Screen etc.

He is a Fellow of the UK Royal Society of Arts (RSA) and UK Royal Television Society (RTS) member.

Kastelein has spoken (& speaking) on the future of media & TV in Amsterdam, Belfast, Berlin, Brussels, Brighton, Copenhagen, Cannes, Cologne, Curacao, Frankfurt, Hollywood, Hilversum, Geneva, Groningen (TEDx), Kuala Lumpur, London, Las Vegas, Leipzig, Madrid, Melbourne, NYC, Rio, Sheffield, San Francisco, San Jose, Sydney, Tallinn, Vienna, Zurich...

He's been on advisory boards of TEDx Istanbul, SMWF UK, Apps World, and judged & AIB awards, Social TV Awards Hollywood, TV Connect & IPTV Awards.

A versatilist & autodidact, his leadership ability, divergent and synthetic thinking skills evolved from sailing the world 24000 miles+ offshore in his 20′s on sailboats under 12m.

He spent 10 years in the Caribbean media & boating industry as a professional sailor before returning to Europe, to Holland.

A Creative Technologist and Canadian (Dutch/Irish/English/Metis) his career began in the Canadian Native Press and is now a columnist for The Association for International Broadcasting and writes for Wired, The Guardian & Virgin. His writings have been translated into Polish, German and French. 

One of Kastelein's TV formats was optioned by Sony Pictures Television in 2012. 

Currently involved in a number of startups including publishing TV App Market online, The Hackfest and Tripsearch TV. As CSO for Worldticketshop he helped build a $100m company.

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