• Amid Speculation That Yahoo Was Sniffing Around, Blinkx Acquires Video Content Syndication And Ad Platform Grab Media

    Amid Speculation That Yahoo Was Sniffing Around, Blinkx Acquires Video Content Syndication And Ad Platform Grab Media

    Amid speculation that online video syndication and advertising platform Grab Media could be on Marissa Mayer’s Yahoo acquisition list, AIM-listed Internet Media platform Blinkx has moved to acquire the property in an “all cash transaction” with Grab Network Holdings Inc. Terms of the deal remain undisclosed, though in a statement Binkx CEO S. Brian Mukherjee tellingly calls… Read More

  • A Founder’s Guide To Replacing Yourself: A Few Weeks Ago I Made My Toughest HR Decision Yet — I Fired Myself

    A Founder’s Guide To Replacing Yourself: A Few Weeks Ago I Made My Toughest HR Decision Yet — I Fired Myself

    Editor’s note: Suranga Chandratillake launched blinkx in 2005, ultimately taking it public on the London Stock Exchange in May 2007. Entrepreneurs have plenty to worry about: raising enough capital, keeping competitors at bay, recruiting talent, acquiring paying customers, rising above the noise, defining new industries and keeping their teams focused on innovating. Another is… Read More

  • Now Showing At Video Search Engine Blinkx: Profits

    Video search engine blinkx has been plugging away at video search for years now. Finally, six years after being founded, and already publicly traded on the London stock exchange, it hit profitability for the first time this year. For the six month period ended September 30, revenues doubled to $27 million and it showed its first profit ever of $2 million (or $0.64 per share on a… Read More

  • Cheep Combines Product Comparisons With Social Shopping

    There are a vast amount of product comparison sites on the web and a number of social shopping sites that allow online shoppers use their social graph to share purchasing decisions. Today video search engine Blinkx is trying to combine the two functionalities with the launch of Cheep, a social shopping service. Through a browser add-on (which currently only works on Firefox or IE), Cheep… Read More

  • Blinkx partners with Internet Video Archive to appeal to film buffs, music lovers and gamers

    Video search engine blinkx has announced a partnership with Internet Video Archive (IVA), the “leading aggregator” of movie and TV trailers, game previews and music videos. Under the terms of the deal, IVA’s portfolio of videos – 500,000 video assets from over 1,000 content providers – will be indexed and viewable at IVA provides users with trailers of… Read More

  • Blinkx Starts Targeting Video Ads At Yoga Moms And Infonauts (Video Interview)

    Blinkx Starts Targeting Video Ads At Yoga Moms And Infonauts (Video Interview)

    Behavioral targeting is all the rage with online display advertising right now, and video search engine blinkx is bringing it to video. For the past few years, blinkx has offered contextual video advertising through its Ad Hoc program, which matches ad keywords against a speech-to-text translation of the video, as well as all the tags and titles associated with that video. “We are… Read More

  • Blinkx exec jumps ship to join Videoplaza

    [Sweden/UK] Stockholm-based Videoplaza have recruited blinkx’s former European Director of Business Development, Gavin Morgan, as its new UK Commercial Director. In his new role, Morgan will be charged with growing the ad server company’s client base and increasing revenue in the UK. While at AIM-listed blinkx, which claims to be the largest video search engine, Morgan helped… Read More

  • Blinkx Boosts Revenues 115 Percent (But Is Still Losing Money)

    A lot of hopes are being pinned on video search these days as the only remaining source of strong advertising growth. One of the few publicly traded pure-play Web video companies is blinkx, which trades on the London stock exchange, and just announced its half-year earnings for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2008. The company’s revenues rose 115 percent to $6.4 million for the… Read More

  • Blinkx Dabbles in Broadband TV With Its Own Joost-Like Service

    Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. Blinkx, the video search engine, is getting into video distribution. Today it will launch BBTV, a downloadable player that streams video from content partners using peer-to-peer technology. The initial content lineup is rather spare: forty-odd independent movies from Dogwoof Productions and other videos from existing partners such as Young… Read More

  • How To Bring Internet Advertising to TV—The Long View

    Over the past couple days, conversations I’ve had with two different video-startup CEOs—Suranga Chandratillake of blinkx and Nick Grouf of Spot Runner—has got me thinking about what needs to be done to make TV advertising as relevant as video advertising. We have a long way to go, but it boils down to two things: 1) replacing 30-second commercials on TV with relevant ad… Read More

  • Blinkx AdHoc Lets Publishers Monetize Your Embedded Videos Too

    There’s a lot of talk about remunerating video creators these days. Revver’s been doing it a while, along with Metacafe. Blinkx is now monetizing video for publishers too, but unlike YouTube’s recent offering, ,revenue is only split between Blinkx and the publishers. They’re launching an ad network, “Blinkx AdHoc”, that lets publishers serve contextual ads… Read More

  • Video Ads: Every Startup Has A Different Solution

    It may seem weird, but I’ve been eagerly awaiting the day when I see ads in my viral video. eMarketer expects online video advertising to nearly double in 2008 to $1.3 billion, but no one’s really nailed a scalable ad platform for video. However, Google’s been quietly testing their own system and there are a bunch of other startups tackling it as well. There are a couple… Read More

  • Hot New Video, Calendar and Map Widgets

    We discovered 3 impressive new widgets today, from Google, Blinkx and 30 Boxes, and we decided to write about all of them in one post. Widgets are the non-developer’s “small pieces loosely joined,” they are the hottest example right now of data portability on the web. They are fun and useful. Everyone’s got a “widget strategy.” There are widget… Read More

  • Lycos targets video search with Blinkx partnership

    Old school search company Lycos will announce this morning that it’s partnering with video search company Blinkx to power video search on The video search feature is available now. Everybody wants to nail down video search these days, but Blinkx has some interesting technology. This is the second move by Lycos we’ve reported on this month – new giant email… Read More