• The Devil Made Me Do It. AOL's Regrouped Advertising.com Is A $500 Million Business

    The Devil Made Me Do It. AOL's Regrouped Advertising.com Is A $500 Million Business

    AOL’s advertising platforms, which are grouped under the Advertising.com business, is now a $500 million business, the company revealed today at its Investor Day in New York City. The Advertising.com Group is a new business unit inside AOL, which includes six separate products: The Advertising.com ad-serving network (which AOl acquired in 2004) and AdTech, along with more recent… Read More

  • Confirmed: AOL Buys Video Syndication Company 5min (For $65 Million)

    AOL is buying video syndication network 5min Media, reports AllThingsD. According to Israeli news outlet YNews, this is indeed a done deal, and the price is between $50 and $65 million. It isn’t exactly what you’d call a stellar exit for 5min’s investors, who pumped just south of $13 million into the company, but not a terrible one either. Read More

  • 5min Brings 200K How-To Videos To Dailymotion

    5min has struck a deal with Dailymotion to bring 200,000 how-to videos about sports, fashion, health, travel and more to the Paris-based video sharing site. This follows 5min’s recent deal to power Answer.com’s newly launched Video Answers. 5Min is one of the largest how-to video networks, with more than 110 million video views a month and 30 million unique visitors across 800… Read More

  • Exclusive: Answers.com Gets 200,000 Video Answers From 5Min

    Exclusive: Answers.com Gets 200,000 Video Answers From 5Min

    Every big publisher on the Web wants to be able to serve up ad-friendly videos, but creating them can be a pain. But there are already plenty of high-quality videos out there in every subject imaginable. With that in mind, Answers.com has quietly launched Video Answers with about 200,000 videos from video distribution network 5min on everything from home repair and fashion tips to cars… Read More

  • The Ten Most Likely M&A Deals In Online Video

    Which online video companies will get bought in 2010? ¬† Venture capitalists are desperately looking for exits while the usual suspects are sitting on more than $80 billion in cash: Microsoft ($20B), Apple ($40B), Google ($15B), Amazon ($3B), and Yahoo! ($3B) just to name the cash positions of a few potential acquirers. ¬†Theoretically, it should be a match made in heaven, but the sheer number… Read More

  • 5min Rules The How-To Video Space

    We recently wrote about the traction that how-to video site and producer Howcast is seeing online. But there’s another information and how-to video startup that is dominating the space: 5min. The company is a syndication platform for instructional, knowledge and lifestyle videos, both professionally produced and user-generated. The service’s video library boasts 150,000 of… Read More

  • 'How To' Video Site 5min Raises An Extra $7.5 Million

    Instructional video site 5min, based in NYC and Israel, has raised an additional $7.5 million in a round led by Globespan Capital Partners and joined by previous investor Spark Capital, reports Israeli business news site Globes. This brings the total of capital invested in the startup, founded in 2006, to a healthy $12.8 million. Its most recent financing round was $5 million from Spark back… Read More

  • 5min's VideoSeed Syndicates How-To Videos To Answers.com And Others

    How-to site 5min is expanding beyond its roots as a video portal and has launched a syndication network for its videos called VideoSeed, which uses semantic matching to deliver relevant clips to participating sites. The platform matches keywords found on syndication partner pages and pairs them up with videos in the 5min database according to title and tag information (along with relevant ads… Read More

  • 5min Releases Embeddable Player That Can Handle Text, Images, and Video

    Instructional video site 5min has released a new beta version of their SmartPlayer, introducing support for text, video, and images that can be merged into a single embeddable flash widget. The site considers the player to be revolutionary, and believes that it will help set 5min apart from their numerous competitors in the instructional video space. The original SmartPlayer gave users… Read More

  • Fifteen Israeli Startups Visit California Next Month

    In February the Israel Web Tour rolls into Silicon Valley. Ninety Israeli startups applied to join the tour, and fifteen of them were selected to attend. The tour consists of a week-long conference and cultural exchange between Silicon Valley and Israeli entrepreneurs and venture capitalists. The general public is invited to parts of the show. more information is available on this website… Read More

  • $5 million More For 5Min, Following A Painful Angel Round

    Rumor has it that Israeli video startup 5Min, which has user-uploaded “how to” videos, has raised another $5 million in cash, from Spark Capital. We covered the startup recently – think YouTube with special features like slow motion to make the videos more useful. Our original profile is here, and our coverage of competitors is here. Ouch! How Not To Do An Angel Round The… Read More

  • Time To Learn How To Breakdance At 5Min

    http://www.5min.com/Embeded/4284/Sometimes its worth taking a second look at a startup a few months after we cover their initial launch to see how things are going. We first covered Israeli startup 5min back in May. The site is a sort of YouTube for short user generated instructional videos. And there are some indications that it may be taking off. The company says 2 million videos were watched… Read More

  • How To Raise Money From VCs

    The following video “How To Raise Money From VC’s” comes from 5min.com, an instructional video site we covered in May, and is currently getting a lot of attention in Israel. The video (in Hebrew with English subtitles) provides some fun advice for anyone looking at raising money from VC’s. Content aside I was just impressed at not only the quality of the video playback… Read More

  • 5min: Life Videopedia

    The semi-finals of the European focused Startup 2.0 contest were held in Madrid on the weekend, an event with 15 of the best/ most promising Web 2.0 startups out of an initial 300 nominees presenting. 5 startups were chosen as finalists with the final to be held in 2 weeks time. Amongst the final five was 5min, billed as a “Life Videopedia”. We’ve covered similar start… Read More