Contentflow, a cloud-based SaaS solution for all facets of live-streaming, has raised EUR 2 million in a seed investment round from leading venture capital firms and angel investors, the company announced in October 2018. Speedinvest, VC Fonds Technologie Berlin, Betaworks, and Japanese Akatsuki Entertainment Technology Fund as well as other notable angels are participating in the latest round of funding. Contenflow is headquartered in Berlin and has close links to Hamburg. In March 2017, the company took part in the Next Media Accelerator. During the six-month programme, the start-up benefited from comprehensive training and consulting and support with financing further development. The founders, Gregor Landwehr (COO), Sebastian Serafin (CEO) and Jonathan Federle (CTO), are now set to expand the circle of shareholders.
Expansion to U.S. to ensure growth
Sebastian Serafin, Managing Director, said: “This newly acquired capital will help us accelerate our international expansion. Contentflow only began operations in New York City six months ago and we have already acquired our first U.S. client.” He added: “Thanks to the support of NMA and business angels including Jens Schumann and Martin Dräger and the hard work of our entire team in Berlin, Hamburg, and New York, Contentflow has developed a market-ready technology and gained noteworthy clients in just one year!” In August, the company announced that together with Deutsche Welle it will receive funding from the Google Digital News Innovation Fund (DNI). This will allow Contentflow’s live-streams to provide additional data via automated face and object recognition, which could lead to new advertising formats.
Cloud-based live streaming
Contentflow has developed a cloud-based SaaS solution (Software as a Service) for all aspects of live streaming. The start-up’s in-house streaming engine allows its customers to stream to social media channels as well as websites in the respective corporate identity. Optimized for business customers, Contentflow provides functions such as live cutting and possibilities for the monetization of live streams and finished videos. Customers include ARD Aktuell (tagesschau.de) and Online Marketing Rockstars (OMR). In the United States, the solution is used mainly in the entertainment sector and in e-sports.
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