Thursday, October 09, 2008

I spot obstacles

Sad indeed, I just read this email from Eyepot.com.

From: noreply@eyespotcorp.com
To: lisa@informationcolony.com
Sent: 09 Oct '08 19:58
Subject: To Our Users and Customers:

We deeply regret to inform you that Eyespot Corporation will no longer be able to continue serving you.

For our users at eyespot.com, we're no longer allowing you to upload new videos. You can retrieve your uploaded video and mixes by going to your mymedia gallery and clicking the download link below the video thumbnail.

For our business customers in the eyespot video network, your site will continue operate unaffected for a limited period of time. We encourage you to migrate your video solution to one of our competing providers in the video mixing (e.g.
http://corp.kaltura.com/) and video publishing space (e.g. http://www.fliqz.com/)
immediately. We'll soon be providing you with the means of downloading your community videos from within your dashboard at [
http://eyespot.com/partnerDashboard].

We have spent three years providing over a hundred thousand of you with a unique video experience. We believed that by putting creative tools and rights-cleared media into the hands of influencers and connectors, Eyespot would enable social media and participation culture like no other company.

After playing over two hundred million of your video creations, we have to stop. After assembling possibly the most potent team in digital media ever, we're now moving on.

Thank you all for being apart of our community over the past three years.

Jim Kaskade
President & CEO
So what happened ? Isn't it a startup dream to be Eyespot? Demo your technology at Under the Radar in July 2006, raise a few million a couple of months later, that worked out to about a million per year.

Check out the site while you still can, users come and build libraries of copyright free video/etc material and the mash it up. Video editing, mashups, cool, yes? And evidently they have a business account (which you should make a backup of right away if you have one.)
Jumpcut was acquired by Yahoo! and now I wonder how they're going to do. I still see obstacles for video. You can read and listen to a couple of good interviews from other video-related sites like Voxant and ExpoTV on Lisacast.com.

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