Videogami Live Streams Best of Team Canada at 2016 Paralympics
By CFC Staff September 16, 2016 07:45
In 2015, Juan Gonzalez joined IDEABOOST Network Connect to introduce his startup, Videogami, to the entertainment, media and tech communities. His goal was to present a different future for mainstream broadcasting: create the code to render highlight clips, based on the density of live interaction and fan reaction from hundreds of live streaming hours.
Gonzalez created a platform to celebrate Canadian Paralympic athletes and improve fan access. Interest in the 2016 Paralympics has soared, both in Rio – it’s the second most attended Paralympics to date – and online. Videogami is part of the Consortium that is live streaming Paralympians’ performance highlights directly to Facebook for the Canadian Team via CBC. This curated, quality HD coverage is getting top marks for capturing and broadcasting Team Canada’s top moments, and doing so with an attractive overlay of customized messaging.
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CFC Media Lab recently interviewed Gonzalez about his road to building a successful startup:
CFC Media Lab: What motivated you to become an entrepreneur?
Juan Gonzalez: Being a technologist, it is easy to believe that you can build any solution. Becoming an entrepreneur, however, is about hacking society to transform the way it thinks, works and moves forward.
CFC Media Lab: How did you come up with the idea for your startup?
Gonzalez: Watching my children’s generation grow around video. That inspired me to build tools that added flexibility to how we use video on the web. My original quest was to find ways to unlock the little “play” button that we all know from websites like YouTube, and then add other ways to use video.
CFC Media Lab: What prompted you to apply for CFC Media Lab’s IDEABOOST Network Connect Program?
Gonzalez: After an intense year of refining Videogami’s technology in 2015, we knew our next frontier would be this: get closer to media entities looking to innovate how live events are handled online. CFC Media Lab was the best place in Canada to cross that bridge.
CFC Media Lab: What is the one thing you want audiences to know about your product?
Gonzalez: The future of broadcasting looks a lot like Twitch, a community of over 45 million gamers. We gear towards broadcasting millions of individual content producers, thereby reaching an audience of hardcore fans live with direct engagement.
CFC Media Lab: What’s the biggest challenge you currently face or have faced in terms of development?
Gonzalez: Growth. Making sure that the automatic highlights of our game streams provide a share-the-moments solution. We want to make Videogami’s service available to every single person who wants to promote themselves across the growing number of digital media channels available, without having to spend endless hours editing hundreds of hours of video.
CFC Media Lab: What is the most important thing you’ve learned since starting your company?
Gonzalez: That while I am not a good business person, I am a great storyteller.
CFC Media Lab: What other projects do you have on the horizon?
Gonzalez: A lot of effort over the past few months has gone in to building up our technology to support eSports, an amazing, rapidly growing market that has some of the brightest and most innovative producers of live content these days. We are also one of six finalists for the Enterprising Culture Start-Up Award and can’t wait to pitch for a business trip to France on September 29, 2016!
Apply to join the IDEABOOST Network Connect community here.