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Tuning into live online video is often an exercise in frustration. So even though Conviva is being somewhat secretive about what it’s doing, I’m inclined to give the startup — which simply says it’s building a live video platform — a pass for the time being, in the hopes it will some day prevent me from tearing my hair out. Conviva is announcing today it has raised $20 million in second round funding. The investment came from UV Partners, New Enterprise Associates, and Foundation Capital, and brings Conviva’s total funding to $29 million since being founded in November 2006.

Tuning into live online video is often an exercise in frustration. So even though Conviva is being somewhat secretive about what it’s doing, I’m inclined to give the startup — which simply says it’s building a live video platform — a pass for the time being, in the hopes it will some day prevent me from tearing my hair out.

Conviva is announcing today it has raised $20 million in second round funding. The investment came from UV Partners, New Enterprise Associates, and Foundation Capital, and brings Conviva’s total funding to $29 million since being founded in November 2006.

In an interview last week, Conviva CEO and President Carlos Ramón would not disclose much about the platform he is building, but said the company already has customers signed. He was happy to talk about the market need, however:

“The first generation of video delivery just doesn’t work,” he said. “It’s like playing Russian roulette. That’s just not the way you run a business, and that’s not the way you monetize content.”

Ramón said the company’s platform would enable content owners to create a “virtual living room” — whatever that means! Conviva has a demo on its site of a car race that users can watch from multiple camera angles simultaneously and chat about in-window.

Conviva has an engineering- and PhD-heavy team of 55 focused on building out its live platform, and along with the investment is touting its board of directors, which includes Ramón, formerly of Akamai; Hui Zhang, its chief scientist and co-founder and a professor at Carnegie Mellon; Ion Stoica, its CTO and co-founder and a professor at UC Berkeley; Mike Ramsay, of NEA and formerly TiVo; Forest Baskett, of NEA and formerly Silicon Graphics; Peter Sonsini, of NEA and formerly VMware; and Adam Grosser of Foundation Capital and formerly Excite@Home.

  1. Did Conviva ink the Olympics? No.

    Did they ink the NFL? Who knows.

    Do they have MLB? As far as I know, no.

    So… seems like Conviva has their challenges ahead of them. Given the recent challenges BitTorrent has had… landscape doesn’t look good…

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  2. Ramon is a self-promoter and a bit of an idiot. Not certain why he is getting money. Valley logic.

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  3. [...] living room,” though CEO Carlos Ramón didn’t care to clarify what that meant in an interview with NewTeeVee. Sans any details about itself, the company is mainly speaking up about the weaknesses of current [...]

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  4. these hobo’s don’t even have any customers profile on their site just some script kiddie video. What type of dipshits would pay out 29M for a company that has vaporware product and no visable customers?

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  5. I can tell you as a employee who really hates where I work, the company had had only one paying customer for the past 2 years. There are no other trials going on, no really other potential and the management is running the company into the ground. This company is a joke. And no the company did not ink NFL nor are they close to. This company has more sales people then engineers and the software is less reliable then windows xp.

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  6. [...] for Live Streams So far, the secretive startup Conviva has done little more publicly than announce it’s raised a bunch of funding — $29 million from UV Partners, New Enterprise [...]

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  7. [...] far, the secretive startup Conviva has done little more publicly than announce it’s raised a bunch of funding — million from UV Partners, New Enterprise Associates [...]

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  8. [...] is also testing Conviva, as we reported in January. The startup has raised $29 million from UV Partners, New Enterprise Associates and Foundation Capital since being founded [...]

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  9. [...] has been around since 2006 and has raised a total of $29 million, including a $20 million financing round last year led by UV Partners, New Enterprise Associates and Foundation [...]

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  10. [...] was founded in 2006 and has raised a total of $29 million, including a $20 million funding round in August 2008 that was led by UV Partners, New Enterprise Associates and Foundation [...]

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