Guildhall nurtures entrepreneurialism

School launches a scheme meant to support graduates to set up businesses, enabling fledgling enterprises to become more substantial arts bodies
Financial Times - Entrepreneurship

Did You Know Mother Nature Had Missiles Before We Did?

Plants have evolved all kinds of wonderful mechanisms that let them disperse their seeds and reproduce, from puffy dandy lions to maple keys that spin their way to the ground. But none are quite as impressive as the squirting cucumber, which launches its seed pods like tiny high-speed missiles.
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Gizmodo Australia
Andrew Liszewski

Cambridge launches £50m spinout vehicle

Investment company tackles need for finance to help spinout businesses overcome ‘valley of death’ that projects them from start-up into hands of much larger operations
Financial Times - Entrepreneurship

Coalition launches tourism policy with key industry bodies giving it the nod

The Coalition has launched its tourism policy ahead of Saturday’s federal election, and key industry bodies have so far given it a positive reception.

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Video Automation Startup IRIS.TV Launches With $1.7M In Funding To Keep You Tuned In Longer


A new startup in Los Angeles called IRIS.TV wants to give video publishers the tools to make streaming video more personalized, and therefore keep viewers hooked for longer. The company is coming to market with $ 1.7 million in seed funding from angels in the media and finance world.

IRIS.TV was founded by the folks behind Jukebox TV, which sought to provide a continuous stream of interesting videos to consumers. After a few years working on a consumer-facing product, the team decided to take all their learnings and technology and apply it to the B2B market instead.

The pitch to video providers is that IRIS.TV can build that same type of continuous experience, but do so in a way that keeps users tuned into their video properties. The technology is mostly designed to string together short-form videos that create more of a lean-back experience for casual viewers. Rather than having to search for the next video to watch once the current one is over, consumers are offered up something which they will (hopefully) find relevant and enjoyable.

Of course, the idea of offering up that kind of continuous streaming for isn’t new, and most video publishers these days have already implemented some sort of auto-play feature into their video players. For IRIS.TV, the difference comes in making that stream more personalized.

While most auto-play experiences now just offer up the next video in a queue or playlist, IRIS.TV seeks to offer up videos that will be relevant on a user level. To do so, IRIS.TV uses a proprietary algorithm to extract and process video metadata, which allows it to apply complex business rules. It then has an adaptive stream management system that inserts a series of videos into a player and updates that playlist based on user interactions.

It wraps that all up by providing detailed analytics of video performance, including locality and demographics data of the viewers who tuned in.

Since being founded officially in February, IRIS.TV has been busy building relationships with major media companies and their technology partners to make its technology work with their video players. The company has therefore partnered with online video platform providers like Brightcove, Kaltura, Unicorn Media, and Viddler.

It’s already gaining interest from some large major media corporations who are interested in deploying the technology on their web and mobile properties. While the company can’t name any of those customers yet, IRIS.TV co-founder and CEO Field Garthwaite says it will be integrated in a TV app and a mobile app soon. But it expects to be more broadly used in the field in Q1 or Q2 of next year.

IRIS.TV is based in L.A., because that’s where all the media companies are, and its founding team has experience at places like ABC, Deluxe, Yahoo, Hulu, Disney, Universal, Rubicon Project, and Rand Corp. That includes Garthwaite, CRO Robert Bardunias, COO Richie Hyden, and CTO Sunil Ingle.

The team has raised a total of $ 1.7 million from angels in the media and finance worlds. That includes folks like Bob Jacobs, who was Bill Cosby’s long-time agent and is seen as the “godfather of television syndication”; Nick Rau, co-founder of Vizu (which recently sold to Nielsen); former Viacom exec Jimmy Barge; and entertainment attorney Jor Law.

Ryan Lawler

JB Hi-Fi Launches New Cloud Streaming Movie And TV Service

Earlier this week, JB Hi-Fi hinted at a new direction for the company: a more digital focused future that would (eventually) encompass video games. Is JB Hi-Fi planning to open up its own online store ala Steam? It’s clear that ideas are being explored, but there’s nothing concrete as of yet. Today, however, JB H-Fi has launched an Ultraviolet driven storefront in Australia, allowing users to stream video content they’ve paid for to any device they own. More »


Gizmodo Australia
Mark Serrels

Pocket Shop launches speedy London delivery

Start-up website promises to have bread, eggs and milk in the hands of Londoners from Tesco and Sainsbury’s in less than an hour after they click ‘send
Financial Times - Entrepreneurship

“Open Education” Platform OpenCurriculum Launches

The platform combines elements of social media sites, open source software, and the Open Educational Resources movement. Over 10,000 resources are freely available to anyone to download from a catalog. Meanwhile, users who create Facebook-style profiles can create new worksheets, quizzes/tests, and lesson plans, and can share with or collect from other users. Users can also collaborate on projects and comment on other’s work.

OpenCurriculum creates access to better educational materials, more authentic local educational discussions, and easier dissemination of ideas and best practices,” says Varun Arora, Founding Director of OpenCurriculum.


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NBN Co’s constant network launches: Breaching the Caretaker Conventions?

Over the past week, the National Broadband Network Company has held no less than five launch events to mark the switch-on of its fibre network infrastructure in Queensland and Western Sydney, locations which will be critical to the Australian Labor Party if it is to retain power in the upcoming Federal Election. All of the events have been dominated by the attendance of Labor politicians, and have been broadly interpreted by the media as being election campaign events. NBN Co claims the events are just business as usual, but even if that's true, Labor is still using them to gain a massive election boost.
Renai LeMay

Mooc brings Silicon Valley to the masses

NovoEd launches a dozen online courses from top US business schools for would-be entrepreneurs and venture capitalists around the globe
Financial Times - Entrepreneurship