Articles for January 2015

Goodvidio raises €300k, makes video work for online retailers

Video is the perfect medium to engage visitors in online stores. Product pages featuring video allow shoppers to better understand a product and complete a purchase with much higher confidence. At the same time, platforms like YouTube are overflowing with videos about popular products, with brands and users sharing more content every day. For an online retailer selling thousands of products, the question is, how can they enhance product pages with the best available videos?

Goodvidio is developing an appropriate content automation solution. The service scouts social video platforms to discover the best videos available for a retailer’s products, embeds the videos approved by the retailer to product pages, measures performance in terms of visitor engagement and conversion, and optimizes video selection. By essentially offloading the whole effort to Goodvidio, retailers get a number of advantages they could not otherwise, at a small fraction of the cost.

Goodvidio, founded by Dimitrios Kourtesis & Konstantinos Bratanis, is now a team of 8 based in Thessaloniki, Greece. The first version of the product, utilizing both information filtering technologies and human curation, is already being used by top-notch local retailers. Today, we are happy to announce an investment of €300k by Openfund, to enable the company to mature its product, further grow its team and expand its portfolio of customers in several countries.


Longaccess Raises €300k, Launches BigStash to Become the Default Archiving Solution on the Cloud

Online storage solutions are built on the paradigm of “sync”. In other words, what is stored online is by default a subset of what is stored offline.

Every day that passes, however, more data is being produced. In this context, local storage is often rendered insufficient. What’s more, its limitations with regards to security and longevity are becoming apparent to consumers – what about this old hard drive of yours? After all, online needs to replace, not just to extend offline; the problem of storage remains far from solved.

Today, Longaccess launches BigStash, a product built from the ground up as an appropriate archiving solution for the cloud era.

Offloading the rarely used files from your laptop, transferring the contents of your old hard drive to a safer place, or just making a photo archive of your last trip available to your friends and family, BigStash provides a unique, flexible and affordable solution to move your file archives entirely online.

Alongside the above, Jeremie Openfund II announces a €300k follow up investment in Longaccess, demonstrating our faith in the vision and plan of the founder, Panayotis Vryonis and his team.