blinkx Announces Strategic Hires to Support Growth and New Initiatives
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF. - August 8, 2007 - blinkx, the world’s largest video search engine, today announced that it has grown its headcount to 40 employees, including key strategic hires to support new engineering initiatives and drive business development.
Among the seasoned executives joining blinkx are two directors of content acquisition: a 20 year veteran of the media industry, John Bryan was previously at MediaZone.com and will be pursuing large content acquisition deals in the United States. Based in London, Marco Nadotti joins blinkx from Babelgum and will be responsible for signing media partnerships across Europe.
blinkx is also announcing the appointment of Gavin Morgan to drive its syndication strategy in Europe. Gavin joins blinkx from Miva and was previously group head of media at JCDecaux.
In addition, blinkx has appointed Onil Gunawardana to direct strategy and development for its new contextual video advertising platform, AdHoc. Most recently, Onil was COO and VP of products at Searchforce, a Search Engine Marketing platform for centralizing and optimizing pay-per-click advertising campaigns. Previously, he also managed marketing and analytics products at Siebel.
“Following a successful IPO on the London Stock Exchange AIM in May, we’re strengthening our team by attracting top engineers and specialists in content acquisition and distribution, who have proven track records of success, and a wealth of contacts in the media industry,” said Suranga Chandratillake, founder and CEO, blinkx.
As a pioneer in video search technology, blinkx has built a reputation as the most effective way to search new forms of online content such as video. With more than 200 partners and 14 million hours of indexed video and audio content, including favorite TV moments, news clips, short documentaries, music videos, video blogs and more, blinkx uses advanced speech recognition technology to deliver results that are more accurate and reliable than standard metadata-based keyword searches.
blinkx (London AIM: BLNX) is the world’s most comprehensive video search engine. Today, blinkx has indexed more than 14,000,000 hours of audio, video, viral and TV content, and made it fully searchable and available on demand. blinkx’s founders set out to solve a significant challenge - as TV and user-generated content on the Web explode, keyword-based search technologies only scratch the surface. blinkx’s patented search technologies listen to - and even see - the Web, helping users enjoy a breadth and accuracy of search results not available elsewhere. In addition, blinkx powers the video search for many of the world’s most frequented sites. blinkx is based in San Francisco and London. More information is available at www.blinkx.com.
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