Kaltura, developer of the first open source video platform, (www.kaltura.com) announced today that it has appointed its former VP Strategy, Leah Belsky, as European General Manager, and is significantly increasing its European operations in order to meet rising demand for Kaltura’s technology among media companies, universities and enterprises in the region.
Kaltura’s European customers already include leading organizations such as AstraZeneca, SAP, AkzoNobel, Nestle, Groovy Gecko, PinkTV, Glam Media, Durham University, Copenhagen Business School, Danish State University and Library, and Siemens; in addition, two leading European broadcasters are currently implementing the Kaltura platform.
“We are extremely excited to bring the promise of open source video to Europe full-force,” said Ron Yekutiel, Kaltura Chairman & CEO. “Online video is rapidly transforming the way people work, learn and entertain; it has become an integral part of any organization’s activities, and a key tool for communication and engaging one’s audience. Unlike other proprietary and closed solutions, Kaltura’s open and flexible platform enables customers to deploy out-of-the-box products and to easily and affordably customize them to fit their specific needs and workflows and integrate them with other enterprise systems.”
Kaltura’s European headquarters are based in London. “Kaltura started exploring the UK market a year ago with a few sales consultants. Given the rapid growth and potential we saw with the UK broadcasters, universities and enterprises, we recently decided to invest heavily in Europe, opening a new London headquarters right next to Tech City, with a full operational and sales team,” said Leah Belsky, Vice President & General Manager Europe, Middle East and Africa. “European organizations are rapidly seeing that with Kaltura’s open source approach they get the flexibility to create custom solutions that weren’t previously possible.”
A month ago, Kaltura launched the London Video Meetup as a place for the online video user and developer community to explore the future of media. http://www.meetup.com/londonvideo/
Kaltura offers a robust video platform and applications for media companies, educational institutions and enterprises, supporting video management publishing, transcoding, metadata processing, monetization, analytics and more. Kaltura applications include a robust media management application, an out of the box YouTube-like portal (Kaltura MediaSpace™), as well as integrations with SharePoint, Blackboard, Moodle, Sakai, Drupal and more. The company’s MediaSpace application also serves as a Corporate Tube for enterprises looking to enhance their internal and external communication, and as a Campus Tube for universities to leverage for teaching, learning, social campus activities and more.
Kaltura also offers a slew of additional solutions, and integrations with 3rd party systems, via its Kaltura Exchange – a global marketplace for publishers, developers, technology companies, and service providers to share and trade in video applications and services connected to the Kaltura platform.
Kaltura provides the world’s first Open Source Online Video Platform, transforming the way people work, learn and entertain, using video. Kaltura’s platform engages hundreds of millions of viewers, offers next generation learning for millions of students and teachers, and improves productivity and interaction among millions of employees across the globe. Kaltura’s features and products enable to easily deploy video in any website or any web platform. Kaltura’s free community-supported open source software is available for download at www.kaltura.org. Kaltura’s commercial software and applications can be ordered and obtained at www.kaltura.com along with Kaltura services such as streaming, hosting, transcoding, analytics, ad serving, support and maintenance packages, and professional development. For more information: www.kaltura.com, www.kaltura.org and http://exchange.kaltura.com/.