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Veeker, a San Francisco-based stealth mode company is working on a mobile video sharing offering that combines two of the hottest Silicon Valley start-up themes: user generated video and wireless. The company has just started showing off its alpha offering to potential investors. A dinner companion […]

Veeker, a San Francisco-based stealth mode company is working on a mobile video sharing offering that combines two of the hottest Silicon Valley start-up themes: user generated video and wireless. The company has just started showing off its alpha offering to potential investors.

A dinner companion tipped us off about the company, “which focuses on mobile and Internet videos, based around social interactions.” I phoned up the co-founder Marcus Yoder, (you know a company is small when the founder answers the corporate line) and he refered me to Veeker’s chief marketing officer Rodger Raderman.

Rodger says the 15-person San Francisco-based company is “creating a mobile and Internet-based experience surrounding the behavior patterns that will emerge as mobile video cameras become ubiquitous.” That’s a lot of buzz words in one sentence, but it is also indicative of the current thinking in Silicon Valley.

Investors have already stuffed online video sites with cash, and are now turning their attention to mobile video. A truly mobile YouTube – with little or no copyright hassles can be alluring to the VC community. Today IDC released a report that says 24 million US mobile users will pay for video/TV over mobile by 2010.

Veeker didn’t give me a chance to check out the service, but it sounds similar to what French vPod.tv is building for 3G networks. VPod.tv raised $5.1 million last May. Some Internet-based user-generated video sites are starting to eye mobile given cell phones with video cameras are starting to become common. YouTube already enables users to upload video with camera phones, and it would be natural to start building a better mobile access portion. Photobucket, which concentrates on photos and recently expanded into video hosting, is working hard on mobile.

The hard part is that the mobile component for user-generated videos is tricky to do and expensive to do well. I surveyed several user-generated Internet video sites over the past few weeks and most like Blip.tv and Google Video are staying away from investing in mobile for now.

Maybe Veeker will have something that will wipe out the competition, but the service will have to be pretty compelling. Rodger says Veeker’s engineers come from MobiTV, Digital Chocolate, Hands-On-Mobile, Amp’d and Kodak Mobile, and that the company is both building and buying technology that ranges from mobile video upload and download, to mobile presence, to mobile/online networking and collaboration.
PS: If you know of any startups pushing mobile social networks around video, add your list below!

  1. Couldn’t YouTube easily create a site and offer videos in mobile format? With all that VC money their taking, it seems like they could certainly do that. Then again, I don’t expect YouTube to last much longer than a year or two, so who knows ;)

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  2. Katie — I will be really interested to see how Veeker get on. I know of a startup who are in stealth mode right now (Zedge.net). They’ve got 2.6 million registered users and a major mobile video product release coming soon.
    I am hoping to get some more details soon as I’m meeting one of the founders on Wednesday. Apparently they have 1.5 million uniques and 70m page views a month already! If you’d like more details, let me know?

    I’m looking forward to hearing more Veeker too!

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  3. Well as matter of fact we are working on one such application on mobile social networking and DATA sharing but we are staying away from Video sharing .
    cost of operation and maintaining an infrastructure is way to high
    too justify and the space is too crowded and noisy .

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  4. There is already a service that provides social photos and videos off mobile devices. It has cool features that include instant uploads, phone to phone video and photo sharing.

    Check out some of these links from users posting videos:
    http://beta.pixsense.com/gertv8/
    http://beta.pixsense.com/boat/

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  5. this is old, but came acress this when searching on another topic, and thought to let you know that the company is now out of stealth … there’s a hot debate going on at MobileCrunch: http://mobilecrunch.com/2006/10/25/veeker-launches-today-mobile-video-will-be-changed-forever-a-mobilecrunch-exclusive/

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  6. We’ve been developing in this space at Mojungle.

    Drop us a line and let us know what you think: http://www.mojungle.com

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