SPROCKIT had the honor of supporting the Be Bold Dress for Success Gala this week in New York City.  Dress for Success provides women with a fierce outer shell to be “be bold” and the necessary tools to backup that power suit with inner confidence. SPROCKIT knows the power of being bold. Our startups, corporate partners and thought leaders are all trailblazers in the media, entertainment and tech space.

When the opportunity to support the brave women of Dress for Success came to us, we jumped at the chance to say yes to the Dress (for Success). SPROCKIT managing director shares her thoughts from the event below.

The Be Bold Dress for Success Gala, held at Cipriani Wall Street, was full of energy.  Most compelling and inspiring was the story shared by Kara Burns. Wow. Just wow. When you talk about overcoming the odds — and stats she shared — Cara is living proof it can be done. 

Her powerful delivery, her stunning smile and unwavering determination moved every human in that room, and her story will stick with me forever.  But she didn’t do it alone. She couldn’t. No one can. She was supported by a powerful, collaborative community. One that worked together to provide the tools needed to succeed. As I always say, there’s a special place in heaven for women who support other women.

Joined by NBTV, Quesnay and another inspiring woman Nikki Rich, SPROCKIT was proud to support Dress for Success in a small way.  

What a week at NAB Show Las Vegas! While the desert dust settles from another amazing SPROCKIT Hub, we wanted to thank those who helped make this event such a success and relive some of the highlights along the way.

The Destination NXT stage hosted excellent panels, with at least one visitor saying one of our panels was “the best thing I’ve seen all week!” Thank you to our startups, thought leaders and corporate partners for making our panels such a hit.

Thanks to Switchboard Live, Streann and Wildmoka onsite for helping us share our panels on our social channels and homepage. Many others contributed with their own expertise – Excitem for voting, Tagboard for social, ICX Media for videos, **Mobile for **GO – thank you all for your help in supporting SPROCKIT with these services.

You can relive the excitement by finding your panel on SPROCKIT.TV powered by TradeCast TV. You can also download the SPROCKIT.TV app by searching “SPROCKIT TV” in the app store.

A special congratulations to our Best of SPROCKIT winners, Liftigniter, Overcast HQ, Promethean.TV, Seek, Tellyo.

The SPROCKIT Hub tradition as a standout destination, attracting the right Fortune 500 executives, media and influencers lives on.

Our corporate members collectively said the current class is one of the strongest cohorts yet! 

Our next SPROCKIT Sync meeting is at Google on July 18th, at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, CA. Are you a SPROCKITeer? Find out how you can become one by contacted managing directory Stephanie Bauer Marshall today at stephanie@sprockitglory.com.

Thank you to those who are already part of the SPROCKIT Rock-IT Community! Ready for take off…

If you are attending NAB Show this year, be sure to check out the SPROCKIT Hub in North Hall in the Innovation Pipeline and our programing at the Destination NXT theater along with ITV Alliance.

The SPROCKIT Rocket is officially preparing to land. We are in full orbit. Check out the highlights below.

All this week, SPROCKIT is sharing the Destination NXT theater with ITV Alliance. Tuesday’s panels focused on big data, content discovery, and how entrepreneurs and enterprises can work together.

  • 9:00 – 9:30 a.m. – Measuring Success Across the Physical and Digital Landscape
    • Alan L. Wolk, lead analyst, TV[R]EV (moderator)
    • John Hoctor, CEO, Data+Math
    • Omer Jilani, VP, Sales, Barometric
    • Tom O’Brien, President and Managing Director, Prescient Strategy Group

  • 9:30 – 10:00 a.m. –  The Reality of AR and VR: Finding business models that work
    • Gay Bell, CEO, Platform Communications (moderator)
    • Jon Cheney, CEO, Seek
    • Christian Eve-Levesque, CEO, SpherePlay
    • Joanna Popper, Global Head of VR for Location Based Entertainment, HP
  • 4:00 – 4:30 p.m. – Understanding your Audience: AI, ML, and new ways of developing content
    • Jason Demata, CEO and founder, Fabric Media (moderator)
    • Dr. John Kelly, CEO, Graphika
    • Dr. Indraneel Mukherjee, Founder, LiftIgniter
  • 4:30 – 5:00 p.m. – Local & Social: Going from Quantity to Quality
    • Andy Fineberg, Director of Customer Integrations, Wildmoka (moderator)
    • John Clark, Executive Director, PILOT
    • Elise Defoe, COO and co-founder, Social News Desk
    • Mike Henry, SVP Sales, SocialFlow

Miss any panels? You’re in luck! Our panels are all streaming on Facebook, Twitter and our homepage thanks to SPROCKITeers Switchboard Live, Streann Media and Wildmoka.

Want to learn more about any of our current startups or alumni? Curious how YOU can become a SPROCKITeer? Visit us at the SPROCKIT Hub in North Hall in the Innovation Pipeline or dial **GO to learn more.

If you are attending NAB Show this year, be sure to check out the SPROCKIT Hub in North Hall in the Innovation Pipeline and our programing at the Destination NXT theater along with ITV Alliance.

We are halfway there! No prayers needed — except for our feet! The SPROCKIT Hub has been rocking every minute, starting with meetings in the morning and finishing with our annual awards ceremony and VIP reception. Just in case you missed our numerous live shots on NABShow.com, Live U, Nikki Rich, and many more, check out some of the highlights of the day.

Connect

All this week, SPROCKIT is sharing the Destination NXT theater with ITV Alliance. Tuesday’s panels focused on big data, content discovery, and how entrepreneurs and enterprises can work together.

  • 9:30 – 10:00 a.m. – Grow Your Audience: The AI Behind Content Discovery
    • Mika Rautiainen, Founder and CEO, Valossa (moderator)
    • Michael Avon, President and CEO, ICX Media
    • Adam Shapiro, Co-Founder, AlertMe
    • Philippe Brodeur, CEO & co-founder, Overcast HQ
  • 10:00 – 10:30 p.m. –  Big Data Overload: Tools to Help
  • 3:00 – 3:30 p.m. – Enterprises & Entrepreneurs: Better Together?
    • Stephanie Bauer Marshall, Managing Director, SPROCKIT (moderator)
    • Frank Mugeum, vice president of digital engagement,TEGNA
    • Gus Warren, Managing Director, Samsung NEXT

Miss any panels? You’re in luck! Our panels are all streaming on Facebook, Twitter and our homepage thanks to SPROCKITeers Switchboard Live, Streann Media and Wildmoka.

Curate

Following our “Best in Show” SPROCKIT contest, powered by ExciteM and **Mobile, the top five vote-getters were honored at the SPROCKIT Awards Ceremony. Chris Brown, EVP of Conventions and Business Operations at NAB, joined SPROCKIT CEO Harry Glazer and Managing Director Stephanie Bauer Marshall on stage to hand awards to the winners:

Collaboration

Collaboration was a key component of our VIP Reception, generously sponsored by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council. Enterprises and entrepreneurs joined influencers and other VIPs for sips and sweets.

Want to learn more about any of our current startups or alumni? Curious how YOU can become a SPROCKITeer? Visit us at the SPROCKIT Hub in North Hall in the Innovation Pipeline or dial **GO to learn more.

If you are attending NAB Show this year, be sure to check out the SPROCKIT Hub in North Hall in the Innovation Pipeline and our programing at the Destination NXT theater along with ITV Alliance

Day one at the SPROCKIT Hub at the 2018 NAB Show is officially in the books. And, wow! Did we start off on a high note!

Crowds started rolling in early in the day, with a steady stream until the floor closed at 6:00 p.m.

One startup described the Hub as a “highway.” Another said they could go home after the first three hours and still call the full show a smashing success.

Experience just some of the many highlights from Monday below.

Curate

Current SPROCKITeer, AlertMe, took over our social media in the #SPROCKITSocialTakeover. AlertMe uses AI to connect readers and media to drive audience/revenue for publications while reducing dependency on Facebook.

See the first day of the SPROCKIT Hub through co-founder Adam Shapiro’s eyes.

Connect

All this week, SPROCKIT is sharing the Destination NXT theater with ITV Alliance. Monday’s panels focused on video advertising, platform, consumer future and Next Gen TV.

Video Advertising: The Convergence of Traditional TV and Digital Video

Moderated by McCall McIntyre, Investor, Samsung NEXT

Featuring:

Rebekah Dopp, Principal, Google

Jay Prasad, Chief Strategy Officer, VideoAmp

Gio Punzo, CEO & Founder, Streann Media

Going Digital Across TV, Mobile and Online Channels

Moterated by Rudy J. Ellis, CEO, Switchboard Live

Featuring:

Tim Keyes, COO, **Mobile

Rajendra Khare, CEO, Surewaves

Philip Rebentisch, president, American Marketing Association LA

2019 and Beyond – What do consumer video experience look like?

Moderated by Jason Friedlander, Senior Director, Verizon Digital Media Services

Featuring Jeroen Elfferich, CEO, Ex Machina

Ido Nivron, VP of Sales, Wibbitz

Dan Stieglitz, CEO & founder, Stainless Code

Next Gen TV: Personalization on a Grand Scale

Moderatored by Yillmaz Schoen, CEO & founder, TradeCast TV

Featuring Tripp Boyle, SVP Business Development, Connekt

Eliot Sakhartov, Account Executive, Microsoft

Marc Todd, CEO, Skreens

Miss any panels? You’re in luck! Our panels are all streaming on Facebook, Twitter and our homepage thanks to SPROCKITeers Switchboard Live, Streann Media and Wildmoka.

Collaborate

The biggest part of what we do at SPROCKIT is collaboration.

Our SPROCKITeers embrace collaboration everyday and together dominate the ever-changing media, entertainment and technology industries. Our live-streaming is just one example of collaboration in action. You can also see it first hand in SPROCKIT Hub as startups were busy connecting and introducing visitors to other startups.

Finishing Touches

The day ended with a recognition of success by NAB Show for a SPROCKIT corporate member who has been with us since the beginning.

Congratulations to Roger Keating, Chief of Strategy and Business Development at Hearst Television, for his Digital Leadership Award! He is truly a strong champion of innovation in our industry

Want to learn more about any of our current startups or alumni? Curious how YOU can become a SPROCKITeer?

Visit us at the SPROCKIT Hub in North Hall in the Innovation Pipeline or dial **GO to learn more.

— The startups, along with select SPROCKIT alumni, will be featured at the SPROCKIT Hub in the Innovation Pipeline —

WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–SPROCKIT, the global marketplace that curates, connects and fosters collaboration between top market-ready startups and media, entertainment and technology companies to drive innovation, announced today the final round of startups selected to participate at the 2018 NAB Show, April 9-12 in Las Vegas.

Participants are vetted and selected based on their potential to offer real solutions to challenges in today’s evolving market that many established media and entertainment companies face. The startups will be featured in the SPROCKIT Hub in the Innovation Pipeline, located in the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center. Additionally, the participating startups will have the opportunity to connect with SPROCKIT corporate members, including FOX Networks Group, Google, Hearst Television, Samsung NEXT, TEGNA, Univision and Verizon Digital Media Services at SPROCKIT Sync meetings throughout the year.

“The SPROCKIT community continues to strengthen as we add more industry game-changers,” said Harry Glazer, founder and CEO, SPROCKIT. “In the last five years, SPROCKIT companies have completed hundreds of partnership, funding and acquisition deals, and raised hundreds of millions of dollars to inject the media and entertainment industries with innovative solutions. Congrats to the 2018 class!”

The final round of startups includes:

  • Barometric offers unified measurement with a single pixel solution
  • Connekt advances television advertising with AI-driven technology
  • Overcast HQ provides management solutions with augmented intelligence that streamline how companies review, approve and collaborate on video
  • Promethean.TV allows broadcasters to serve intelligent commerce and engagement opportunities to viewers in real time
  • Stainless Code generates live metadata for media automation and next-generation experiences through breakthrough AI
  • Streann is a proprietary software as a service platform that is reinventing content distribution, engagement and monetization with patent pending digital advertising technology
  • Tellyo allows rights holders to easily create and share unique stories from live content
  • Teltoo increases the quality of livestreams and optimizes delivery costs using software-only, decentralized video delivery technology
  • Wicket Labs delivers actionable insights to media companies with shifting audiences in the evolving television marketplace

View the other participating startups here.

Startups interested in participating in the SPROCKIT program are invited to email success@sprockitglory.com for additional information or visit the SPROCKIT Hub. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with accepted startups invited to participate in future SPROCKIT Sync meetings at corporate member offices as well as SPROCKIT Hubs at other key industry events.

About SPROCKIT

SPROCKIT is a global marketplace that curates, connects and fosters collaboration among leading media, entertainment and technology companies and world’s top market-ready startups to bring innovative products, services and revenue models to market. Since its launch in 2013, more than 125 emerging companies have participated in SPROCKIT, experiencing numerous successful funding rounds, partnerships and acquisitions. The 2017 cohort raised more than $237 million in funding, including more than $100 million after joining SPROCKIT. For more information, visit www.sprockitglory.com.

About NAB Show

NAB Show, held April 7-12, 2018 in Las Vegas, is the world’s largest convention encompassing The M.E.T. Effect, the convergence of media, entertainment and technology. With 103,000 attendees from 161 countries and 1,800+ exhibitors, NAB Show is the ultimate marketplace for solutions that transcend traditional broadcasting and embrace content delivery to new screens in new ways. From creation to consumption, across multiple platforms and countless nationalities, NAB Show is where global visionaries convene to bring content to life in new and exciting ways. For complete details, visit www.nabshow.com.

About NAB

The National Association of Broadcasters is the premier advocacy association for America’s broadcasters. NAB advances radio and television interests in legislative, regulatory and public affairs. Through advocacy, education and innovation, NAB enables broadcasters to best serve their communities, strengthen their businesses and seize new opportunities in the digital age. Learn more at www.nab.org.

Contacts

For SPROCKIT Inquiries
Elyssa Rae
804-338-3102
or
For NAB Inquiries
Meghan Nodell
202-775-2154

SPROCKIT’s esteemed startups, established corporate partners and select thought leaders from around the world gathered together in sunny Los Angeles on February 8 for the first SPROCKIT Sync of the year. Hosted by Verizon Digital Media Services at their Oath facilities in Playa Vista, participants engaged in thought provoking conversations about the future of OTT content, disruptive advertising, content discovery and much more.

A highlight of each sync, startup and corporate members connected for 1:1 meetings, 15 minute conversations for the parties to determine how they can best work together. Newcomers like Skreens and SpherePlay wowed with their innovative solutions for multiple videos in one screen and virtual reality solutions, respectively, while returning startups used the opportunity to provide partnership updates.

For the first time, we closed the day with an award ceremony honoring alumni program graduates. It was a spectacular opportunity to hear startups like VydeoCorp and YouFirst share the impact SPROCKIT has had on their businesses.

All in all, it was a fantastic and productive day!

SPROCKIT startups are known to be at the top of their game in the media, entertainment and technology industries. They are the elite game changers, the pioneers. Our established corporate partners, including some of the biggest names in the industry such as Verizon Digital Media Services, Fox and Google, understand and appreciate SPROCKIT startups are highly vetted and market ready with the potential to collaborates immediately infuse innovation.

There is a reason the 2017 cohort raised more than $237 million in funding, including more than $100 million since joining SPROCKIT.

Should you be a SPROCKITeer?

We are now accepting submissions for our next cohort through February 28.

Accepted benefits receive amazing benefits, including:

  • A prime, turnkey booth in the SPROCKIT Hub at NAB Show, along with stage time, meeting rooms, a complimentary hotel room, VIP receptions and more
  • Access to three invitation-only SPROCKIT Sync events, day-long gathering for corporate and startup members as well as invited thought leaders to meet and discuss industry pain-points, how members can help each other and develop lasting relationships
  • Exposure to the top names in the media, entertainment and technology industries, including FOX Networks Group, Google, Hearst, Samsung NEXT, TEGNA, Verizon Digital Media Services and Univision Communications

 

Interested? Click here for more information, and email success@sprockitglory.com if you’re interested in joining as a corporate partner or a startup. 

Half the world may be frozen, but at SPROCKIT, we’re on fire. 2018 is gearing up to be SPROCKIT’s busiest yet with a slew of exciting events over the next few months:

  • THIS WEEK: SPROCKIT Suite in Vegas We heard there’s a big party in Las Vegas this week, and we wouldn’t miss an opportunity to show off some of the hottest market-ready media, entertainment and technology startups. Will you be around? Join us on Wednesday, January 10 at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas as we cut through the industry noise and connect with Fortune 500 executives, venture capitalists and influencers. More info, including the agenda and registration, here: http://sprockitglory.com/vegas/
  • NEXT MONTH: SPROCKIT Sync LA – Dig out the sunscreen and sunglasses as SPROCKIT heads to one of the few places in the U.S. not experiencing tundra conditions. Thanks to Verizon Digital Media Services, current SPROCKIT members and corporate partners will meet at Verizon’s Oath offices for a jam-packed day to discuss the latest trends and issues affecting the media, entertainment and technology space. Learn more here: http://sprockitglory.com/sync/
  • COMING IN APRIL: NAB Show – It’s closer than you think! A perennial favorite for our startups and corporate partners alike, the annual NAB Show brings together a who’s who of the media, entertainment and tech space. Once again, we’ll have a prominent space in the Futures Park Section, with more than 40 of our startups participating. Many SPROCKIT members will also be on stage. This is a can’t-miss event: http://sprockitglory.com/nab-show/

Want to join in on the fun? We are always looking for market-ready media, entertainment and tech startups and corporate partners ready, willing and able to engage with our dynamic members. Click here to learn more about the benefits of SPROCKIT, and email Success@sprockitglory.com for more information and to apply.

WASHINGTONDec. 13, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — SPROCKIT, the global marketplace that curates, connects and fosters collaboration between the world’s top market-ready startups and media, entertainment and technology companies to drive innovation, today announced its 2017 cohort raised more than $237 million in funding, including more than $100 million since joining SPROCKIT.

“SPROCKIT’s startups continue to raise the bar for all media, entertainment and technology startups, setting and re-setting industry standards for excellence and the ability to seamlessly integrate their solutions with some of the leading businesses in the world, creating immediate value for all parties,” said Harry Glazer, founder and CEO, SPROCKIT.

Interactive video platform Verse and data-driven advertising solutions leader VideoAmp each raised over $20 millionsince joining SPROCKIT this year. Other SPROCKIT members who raised funds since joining SPROCKIT include AlertMeDivvyCloudEpidemic SoundGraphikaICX MediaNGCodecStreamRootTradeCastValossaVoiceQ and Wildmoka.

The current class also secured numerous awards and partnership agreements:

  • Data+Math announced partnership agreements with AMC Networks, A+E Networks, Discovery Communications and Fox News to commercially test its data and analytics platform.
  • Epidemic Sound joined forces with EQT Mid Market to leverage EQT’s global footprint, experience in scaling high-growth businesses.
  • Elastic Media announced a partnership with Channel 2 News, Israel’s leading news broadcaster, to deliver news broadcasts to mobile devices.
  • Livescale was named one of Facebook’s first Live360 Partner, partnered with Fox Sports to air liveVR sporting events and partnered with Halvision for SRT support.
  • Pixability won the Global Video Innovation Award from SPROCKIT corporate member Google and its Premier Partner program and was additionally selected as a Snapchat Certified Partner and a Facebook Marketing Partner.
  • Streamroot was selected as one of eight participants in the inaugural Verizon Media Tech Venture Studio program, led by SPROCKIT corporate member Verizon Digital Media in partnership with R/GA, alongside SPROCKIT alumnus Scorestream.

“SPROCKIT has been a difference-maker for AlertMe by introducing us to major media players, including a partnership which tripled AlertMe engagement in less than 60 days,” said Adam Shapiro, cofounder of AlertMe, an audience engagement platform for online content. “Every publisher gets inundated with startup pitches, and SPROCKIT helps cut through the noise to get us noticed.”

Startups interested in participating in the SPROCKIT program and connecting with SPROCKIT corporate members, including FOX Networks Group, Google, Hearst Television, Samsung NEXT, TEGNA, Univision and Verizon Digital Media Services, are invited to apply here. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with accepted startups invited to participate in future SPROCKIT Sync meetings at corporate member offices as well as the SPROCKIT hubs at key industry events, including Las Vegas in January and NAB Show in April, to foster collaboration.

Corporations interested becoming SPROCKIT members should email success@sprockitglory.com.

SPROCKIT is a global marketplace that curates, connects and fosters collaboration among leading media, entertainment and technology companies and world’s top market-ready startups to bring innovative products, services and revenue models to market. Since its launch in 2013, more than 125 emerging companies have participated in SPROCKIT, experiencing numerous successful funding rounds, partnerships and acquisitions.