• Announcing Last Call For Crunchies Tix, Last Chance To Vote, And A Pre-Party By Animoto!

    We’re getting down to the wire … only four days to go until we reveal the 2010 Crunchies Award winners! Will you be there to see your favorite startups and founders take home the triumphant monkey? This year’s ceremony promises to be a night to remember, which is why we encourage you to take advantage of our final round of ticket sales, beginning today at 3PM PT. Please… Read More

  • An Ecosystem Is Born: Animoto Opens Up API

    We’re big fans of Animoto, a website that lets you easily create photo and video slideshows matched to music. The site is constantly innovating its nifty product, most recently adding an iPhone app and the ability to incorporate video. For those not familiar with Animoto, the startup basically allows you to take your images, video and your music and mash them together to create cool videos. Read More

  • Fotolia Lets You Animate Photos With Flixtime

    Microstock photography giant Fotolia is launching a new site, called Flixtime, that allows users to create simple video slideshows. Similar to the simplicity of Animoto, Flixtime allows you to produce 60-second videos from your photos easily and quickly. Once you register for a free account, you’ll be upload your own photos or stock photos from Fotolia’s selection of images. You… Read More

  • Animoto Sends Some Holiday Cheer With Festive Custom Videos

    Animoto, the startup that allows you to take your images, video and your music and mash them together to create cool videos, is launching a holiday themed platform that lets you send fun and personal online greeting cards this year and provides nifty themed templates for users to work from. Animoto launched a similar initiative last year, but this year comes with more festive and innovative… Read More

  • Animoto Gets Groovy For The Holidays

    It’s no surprise that Animoto’s new video product is a hit. Upload a few short videos and images, add a song, click a button and bam, you’ve got a very high quality souvenir of your recent holiday or other event. Here’s one I put together for Foo Camp in August. More examples are here. So far it’s a one-size-fits-all product. And since it’s such a good one… Read More

  • I Like The Way You Move: Animoto's Custom Movie Montages Can Now Include Video

    Animoto, the startup that lets you automatically build custom music videos starring your own media, just got even more awesome. Tonight the site is launching support for video, which means you’ll be able to generate customized music videos featuring your home movies, along with photos and music, with almost no effort required. We first previewed the new feature last month, and now… Read More

  • Get Ready For Animoto Video…And Animoto 3D

    Animoto is turning into a cult favorite web app – upload a few pictures to the service, pick some music, add some text and get a really cool video slide show back. They made my annual “can’t live without” list last year based on their obsessive desire to perfect a single product. Many, many users agree. Last month they announced a new round of financing and turned cash… Read More

  • The Naked Truth 2009 Slides: Show Me The Money

    Taking place tonight in Seattle is The Naked Truth 2009, a Redfin-hosted conference to give entrepreneurs advice. Michael is there participating as an expert to discuss industry trends. This year’s topic is revenue models for consumer Internet startups. The four presenting startups, Redfin, UrbanSpoon, Picnik and Animoto have some interesting information to share via their slides… Read More

  • Animoto Is Already Cash-Flow Positive, Raises Another Round To Go To 11

    In a world where most startups choose gaining users over making money, Animoto is an odd exception: It’s doing both. Since launching in August 2007, the company has signed up some 750,000 users, and some 10% of those are paying customers. And that’s allowed the company to run cash-flow positive since December of last year, CEO Brad Jefferson tells us. And it could keep going on… Read More

  • Animoto Gives Procrastinators A Last-Minute Mother's Day Gift

    Mother’s Day is just around the corner and those of you who are on top of your game have probably already sent a card and arranged to give your mom a thoughtful gift of flowers, candy, or a gift certificate to a spa. For those of you out there who have done none of the above, Animoto, a startup that automatically generates high quality slideshow/music videos from a set of photos, offers… Read More

  • Animoto Launches The Perfect Last-Minute Valentine's Gift

    Valentine’s Day is rapidly approaching, and while you’ve still got plenty of time to stock up on chocolates and other goodies, come February 14th there’s a good chance you’ll have forgotten about the big day entirely. That is, until your dearly beloved springs an incredibly thoughtful gift on you and you’re left wondering if you can somehow regift the Tony Bennett… Read More