Victoria's MediaCore raises seed funding and launches platform to let anyone create their own YouTube

by Rob Lewis | Business

Victoria startup MediaCore launched officially to the public today and TechCrunch is reporting that they are also in the process of closing a seed round of angel funding from Andrew Wilkinson, the founder and CEO of Victoria's MetaLab and Jesse Ma of Gawker Media.

Initially MediaCore was released in 2009 as an open-source video platform, which is still maintained today at In early 2011 they began work on the current cloud based version of MediaCore and partnered with a cloud-powered encoding platform built on top of Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud.

MediaCore was co-founded by Damien Tanner and Stuart Bowness and over the past year MediaCore has worked with major educational institutions and Fortune 500 brands in creating powerful videovexperiences that serve diverse audiences. Add to their client list Techvibes - MediaCore is powering the new Techvibes TV and will be hosting upcoming coverage of GROW 2011.

In a nutshell, MediaCore allows anybody to roll out their own YouTube. MediaCore's SaaS video publishing platform allows organizations to create and control their own video site. Customers upload content into the platform’s cloud-based infrastructure and videos play through MediaCore’s player, which automatically determines which browser the user is connecting with so that they don’t have to worry about differences between Flash and HTML5.

MediaCore is currently offering a 15-day free trial, and after that, plans start at $99 a month. Those plans include custom domains, white label player, custom branding, automated encoding, social video embeds, and mobile apps.

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Video is transforming education, and MediaCore helps hundreds of educational institutions around the world embrace it. The MediaCore Video Platform puts powerful video learning and sharing tools into the hands of every student and professor — empowering them to easily capture, manage and share video privately and securely across all platforms and mobile devices. more

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Rob is the President of Techvibes Media and Editor-in-Chief of  His diverse background includes stints in International Trade Finance, Web Development, and Enterprise Software and he is a graduate of the University of British Columbia, British Columbia Institute of Technology, and Simon Fraser University. When not running Canada's leading technology media property, Rob can be... more

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