Over 26 million hours of video. Search it all.
blinkx.com (Public, LON:BLNX)
History » blinkx is the world’s largest and most advanced video search engine.
Founded in 2004 by Suranga Chandratillake, the company completed a tremendously successful IPO on the London Stock Exchange (AIM) in May, 2007 and currently has a market capitalization of US$350M*, with headquarters in San Francisco, CA and the UK.
blinkx has built a reputation as the Remote Control for the Video Web. Now, with an index of over 26 million hours of searchable video and more than 350 media partnerships, including national broadcasters, commercial media giants, and private video libraries, it has cemented its position as the premier destination for online TV.
blinkx pioneered video search on the Internet, developing an engine based on technology that was conceived at Cambridge University, enhanced by $150M in R&D over 12 years, and is now protected by 111 patents.
Unlike other multimedia search engines that attempt to re-purpose technology built for the Text Web, blinkx uses a unique combination of patented conceptual search, speech recognition and video analysis software to efficiently, automatically and accurately find and qualify online video. Today, blinkx is the world’s largest single index of rich media content on the Web, delivering more content from a broader range of sources than either Google or Yahoo!
All of this content is now available to viewers around the world with an unprecedented degree of flexibility and personalization. At www.blinkx.com, users can search for video content, create personal video playlists, or build a customized Video Wall for their blog or MySpace page.
blinkx continues to pioneer innovative new approaches to digital video distribution in order to ensure it offers the most advanced capabilities and delivers the highest value to its audiences and partners.
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Board of Directors »
Dr Michael Lynch, Non-executive Director Dr. Mike Lynch, OBE, founded Autonomy in 1996 and rapidly established the company’s reputation as the world’s leading provider of infrastructure software for unstructured information and meaning-based technologies. Prior to this, Mike Lynch founded and ran Neurodynamics where much of Autonomy’s proprietary technology was developed. December 2005 saw Autonomy’s $500 million acquisition of former competitor Verity which consolidated Autonomy’s position as number one in the market and last year Autonomy posted record revenues and profits in what he described as a transformational year. Mike is a past winner of the CBI’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award and was recently appointed a Non-Executive Director of the BBC. He studied Electrical and Information Sciences at Cambridge and received a Ph.D. in adaptive techniques in signal processing and connectionist models, as well as a research fellowship in adaptive pattern recognition. He holds the Institute of Electrical Engineers’ medal for Outstanding Achievement.
Anthony Bettencourt, Non-executive Chairman Anthony Bettencourt is currently serving as the Chief Executive Officer of Autonomy ZANTAZ in San Francisco, CA. Previously, Anthony was Chief Executive of Verity, Inc., where he was responsible for driving business growth from $15 million in annual revenues to more than $140 million between 1995 to 2006. A veteran of the enterprise search market, Anthony led the team that set the strategic direction and execution characteristics of Verity, resulting in the company being acquired for more than $500 million at the end of 2005. In 2005, Anthony was awarded the prestigious Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award for software and technology in the Silicon Valley. Anthony serves as a judge for the Valley’s well known Tech Awards, is a mentor for Santa Clara University’s Global Social Benefit Incubator Program, and is an honorary committee member of The Silicon Valley Challenge Summit. He serves on the Board of Directors of Avolent as well as on the Board of Directors of the non-profit Alameda County Meals on Wheels. Anthony attended Santa Clara University.
Mark Opzoomer, Non-executive Director Mark Opzoomer advises a number of media/technology companies on strategic and operational issues. From July 2001 to December 2003, Mark served as European Managing Director & Regional Vice-President of Yahoo! Europe. During this time Mark restructured the business to make it more profitable, restarted growth and aligned resources with California. In 2000 and 2001, Mark worked on a number of wireless data start-ups, becoming Chairman of Xtempus Limited. From 1995 through 1999, Mark was Deputy Chief Executive of Hodder Headline plc, an international consumer and educational book publishing company listed on the London Stock Exchange which was then acquired at a significant valuation. From 1988 through 1994, Mark served in various senior positions with the Virgin Group and Sega Europe, which was started in Virgin and sold back to Sega Enterprises. Mark was key member of the management team that grew Sega Europe to $1billion in sales and market leadership across Europe. Mark holds an MBA from IMD, Lausanne, Switzerland and a Bachelor of Commerce, Honours, from Queen’s University, Ontario, Canada. In 1995 Mark also completed the London and Wharton Business Schools Directors Forum, a program for public company directors. Mark qualified as a chartered accountant with PwC (Coopers & Lybrand) in 1981, where he spent seven years in audit and then business investigation services.
Suranga Chandratillake, Chief Executive Officer A technology entrepreneur with over a decade of experience in next-generation search, Suranga Chandratillake founded blinkx in 2004 and launched the company in 2005. After early success, Suranga took blinkx public on the London Stock Exchange in May 2007. Prior to founding blinkx, Suranga was U.S. CTO of Autonomy Corporation, responsible for growing Autonomy’s research and development division in the United States. Before joining Autonomy, Suranga held a variety of roles in technology, sales and marketing at Morgan Stanley, netdecisions and anondesign. Suranga received his MA in Computer Science from the University of Cambridge.