Mobile phone usage is exploding in Africa and the continent is the world’s fastest growing mobile market. StarNews Mobile is a mobile video network that’s partnered with the largest telecom operators to provide video content to this burgeoning base of consumers. The company allows entertainers and brands to reach their audiences while allowing content creators to monetize their content. LA TechWatch caught up with Founder and CEO Guy Kamgaing to learn more about the market opportunity in Africa for content providers, the company’s future plans, and recent funding round from I&P and Expert Dojo.
Most have fallen into the trap of endlessly scrolling through Netflix’s immense library to find something to watch. The disproportionate time that people spend finding a series versus actually viewing has given rise to a new category of watchlist apps. Bingie is the entertainment recommendation app that taps into personal networks to help find relevant content. Bingie puts an emphasis on content suggestions from friends and family to create a highly-personalized interface where users can discuss, discover, and debate the merits of shows and movies. The platform works across the major streaming services including Netflix, Disney+, Amazon Prime Video, and Hulu. Cofounder Matt Knox shares more about launching the company during the pandemic, the company’s future plans, and differentiators.
Through what it calls “storyhacking”, Whatifi offers numerous plotlines, character arcs, and endings, and even critical points where the watch party is faced with a problem and the movie cannot continue until everyone unanimously decides what decision to make. Using methodology from interactive theater, Cofounders Hardi Meybaum and Jaanus Juss are putting social audiences in the Director’s seat from their phones. The duo shared some insight into the company’s engaging platform for developing movies, future plans, and recent funding round led by Andreessen Horowitz.
Snap’s Yellow Accelerator, which bills itself as “a launchpad for creative minds and entrepreneurs who are looking to build the next generation of great media companies”, has unveiled its newest class, its 3rd in its history. The 14-week accelerator program is housing 10 companies that will receive $150K in investment and mentorship from industry professionals […]
Twenty-two days into the new year and we have our first major LA Tech acquisition of 2019. Live television streaming platform Pluto TV has been acquired by media giant Viacom for $340M in cash. “Since our launch less than five years ago, and particularly over the past year, Pluto TV has enjoyed explosive growth and […]
Imagine having a hoodie that also doubles as a stuffed animal. Cubcoats is the children’s brand behind the 2-in-1 stuffed animals that transform into premium hoodies. The hoodies are a fan favorite among both children and parents with stars like Will Smith and Hilary Duff have having invested in the company. Cubcoats’ products truly transcend the […]
One of the most time-consuming parts of the writing process is editing, and everyone in the creative field knows that editing is essential to create a powerful, final product. But RivetAI is the latest software company that helps creatives save time during the editing process through a suite of AI-based tools. RiverAI’s products were originally […]
Traditional ads are annoying and pushy and as consumers are getting smarter, they are increasingly opting out, leaving companies to find new ways to engage customers. That’s where RANDIAN comes in. Its patented platform makes shows and videos interactive by enabling viewers to directly purchase goods that they see in the show by hover over […]