For many, outside funding can be a vote of confidence. And if investors sinking another $13 million into Portland startup Elemental Technologies is any indication, folks are fairly confident in what Elemental is doing. Read More
If you’re looking for a job with an up-and-coming Portland startup, Elemental Technologies is a really good place to start your search.
Sometimes, seeing is believing. And that’s never more true that with Portland-based Elemental Technologies. With their technical wizardry, more folks are encoding, transcoding, and streaming faster and more efficiently than ever before. But you really have to see it to believe it.
And today, you get the chance to do that as Elemental’s technology helps power Imogen Heap’s concert from Royal Albert Hall at 7 PM GMT—that’s the lunch hour for you and me—all in streaming 1080 HD. Read More
If you’ve been anywhere near a movie theater or a television in the past year, you’ve no doubt discovered the renaissance that media is having with the concept of three dimensional video. Good ol’ 3D. Everything old is new again. Only now, it’s less about making things jump out at you and more about giving video a depth of field.
But for all the advances in movies and television, streaming video has remained rather, well, flat. That is, until now. You see, Portland’s Elemental Technology is currently demoing streaming 3D 1080p HD at the IBC. Read More
So maybe CivicApps and award ceremonies aren’t your speed. That doesn’t mean you have to sit and be bored tonight. Oh no, my friend. In the Portland tech scene, there are always at least a dozen things to do on any given night. And I thought this one might pique your video curious interest.
It’s Friday. And that means it’s time for the weekly jobs post. If you’re looking for work, it’s your reminder to take a gander at the Silicon Florist job and gig board. If you’ve got open positions, it’s your reminder that you can post jobs or contracting gigs. (Psst! There’s a discount below.)
Not a lot of premium job postings this week, but there is one from Second Porch that could be a dream gig for any number of you. And Elemental Technologies has a number of open positions as well. There’s even a user experience and information architect from Skype who’s available for work. Read More
I had the opportunity to attend Venture Northwest, Oregon Entrepreneurs Network‘s annual pitch day for early stage startups. You know, kind of like a DEMO or a TechCrunch 50. No cash prizes. But a great deal of opportunity to score some cash, given that the folks at Venture Northwest have the opportunity to pitch their ideas in front of a roomful of potential investors from throughout the angel and venture capital communities.
Now, Venture Northwest isn’t a tech-centric thing. It’s a startup thing. But there were some interesting tech companies that pitched. So I thought I’d recap for you. Or more appropriately, steal borrow my own recaps from the Venture Northwest guest posts I submitted to TechFlash. Read More
On Wednesday, Elemental Technologies hosted Lunch 2.0 in downtown.
In addition to the usual suspects, I noticed a lot of new faces, which was great. This was partially a happy coincidence and partially by design.
Because Elemental builds software that, in the words of Julie Williams, Elemental’s Communications Manager, “masters the art of using massively parallel solutions to accelerate video conversion,” I figured our friends over at the Governor’s Office of Film and Television might be interested. Read More
Now, it’s rare for me to touch on traditional software around here. But Portland-based Elemental is doing so well, I couldn’t resist.
They’ve already been getting kudos with Badaboom, their consumer-level product that eases the process of encoding video for iPhones and other mobile handsets. And today, they’re making headlines again with their professional-level product Accelerator, which integrates with both NVIDIA video cards and Adobe Creative Suite. Read More
Now, I don’t usually write about traditional software companies. But it seemed like this one definitely deserved it.
Portland-based Elemental Technologies has secured more than $7 million in its first round of funding.
Okay. So what’s being funded and why am I writing about it?
Utilizing general purpose, programmable “off-the-shelf” graphics processing units (GPUs), ETI software performs video encoding, transcoding, and filtering at unprecedented speeds while maintaining the highest video quality.
Who’s a-what-uh hunh? Okay. Maybe this will help:
[This technology] allows consumers to format their media up to 10 times faster than existing solutions.
Ah ha! Now you’re talking.
With the growing popularity of services like Seesmic, Vimeo (Portland connection), and Viddler—oh and that little site called YouTube—it’s obvious that video is very much a part of our future existence in the Web world. And while any number of companies have come up with ways to deliver that video content on the Web, there always seems to be one major sticking point to widespread adoption: Encoding video content for posting is excruciatingly slow.
To be successful, we’re going to have to be able to encode and upload video as quickly as we can download it. And Elemental may just be able to deliver.
The first product out from Elemental is consumer oriented, will arrive sometime before September and is expected to cost between $30 and $100, depending on the features. The software will allow consumers to take HD inputs such as a Blu-ray disc or homemade HD video and rip it to a computer, iPod or other device five to 10 times faster than existing technologies using the CPU.
No doubt, the infusion of cash will go a long way in promoting this offering—and ensuring that development continues.
Industry-leaders General Catalyst Partners of Boston, Massachusetts and Voyager Capital of Seattle, Washington co-led this $7.1M investment. Mike Rogoway of The Oregonian and the Silicon Forest blog notes:
In Oregon’s venture capital community, [Elemental]’s new investment represents the second big funding round this month. Last week, NexPlanar Corp., a small semiconductor company that recently moved to Hillsboro, announced it had raised $14.5 million in venture capital.
And let’s hope that greases the skids for other Silicon Forest startups looking for some backing.