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His account of the day with Oprah, and about the Venture Summit
During lunch at the Always On Venture Summit, I realized that I was sitting next to a national celeb.
Sam Perry, AKA, "Mr. Man" mentioned something about Oprah Winfrey. From my seat in front of the fireplace, I inched over closer to him and overheard more details. Shortly after, I got up to have a better look and sure enough, this was the guy and the shoulder that Oprah was crying on during Obama's acceptance speech in Grant Park, Illinois. The video here is of our interview. It covers his account of that day and being in Grant Park, his thoughts about what Obama will do for Silicon Valley, and his thoughts about the Venture Summit.
Like many others at the summit, Sam was there to learn about and discuss the significant economic, political and technology trends impacting the Valley. Sean Knapp, one of Ooyala's co-founders ( we have THREE) presented a quick overview or our company--with the kind invitation from the Always On folks. You can see that video in our Vator.tv company profile!)
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Ooyala is a video technology company that provides an integrated platform enabling the delivery, management, and monetization of high quality video content. Focused on innovation and scalability, Ooyala is committed to providing the most comprehensive video solutions to companies worldwide.Ooyala is headquartered in Mountain View, Ca with sales operations in New York, NY and London, UK.
"Ooyala" means cradle in Telugu, a Southern Indian language. We like the name because it demonstrates what we are doing -- cradling a new form of innovation.
Ooyala was founded in early 2007 by Sean Knapp, Belsasar Lepe and Bismarck Lepe - all former Google employees. While at Google, they worked on the development and launch of various monetization and content distribution products such as AdSense, AdWords and Google Web Search. After four years of engineering and product development at the biggest Internet company in the world, the three left Google to start Ooyala. Ooyala has raised over 10 million dollars in funding and has in excess of 5000 publishers using its syndication platform - Backlot. Ooyala's goal is to build a successful technology company that focuses on delivering the best video experience to video content providers, advertisers and most importantly consumers.