Overview

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Status
Acquired by on September 27, 2011
Total Equity Funding
$23.42M in 3 Rounds from 2 Investors
Headquarters:
London
Description:
Skinkers provides communication management software to help organizations overcome the limitations of existing digital channels.
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Categories:
Video, Enterprise Software, Communications Infrastructure
Website:
http://www.skinkers.com
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Company Details

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Skinkers is the UK based software developer that provides communication management software to help organisations overcome the current limitations of existing digital channels. We tick all the boxes!

Microsoft and Skinkers signed a technology for equity deal in 2006, a first for Microsoft in Europe. Skinkers owns the intellectual property rights for the peer-to-peer technology developed by Microsoft Research. Microsoft has a minority equity stake in Skinkers. Skinkers and Microsoft won the UK Partnering for Innovation Award this year.

Livestation was released for beta testing in July to moderate reviews and is expected to be released to the general public in the fall. While it is often compared to Joost, Livestation is different in that it streams live video, as opposed to offering video On-Demand. Livestation official channels include Al Jazeera, BBC World News, Bloomberg Television, EuroNews (English, French, Italian and now Spanish), France 24, i>Tele, Russia Today and BBC World Service. A feature allowing viewers to add their own channels has just been launched and has over 400 channels already. To watch Livestation, users must download a free video player, which is available for beta testing.

With added funding, Skinkers is looking to compete in an increasingly cluttered P2P IPTV space with competitors like Zattoo, Babelgum, Next.TV, as well as a number of Chinese based companies (Sopcast, PPLive, PPMate).

Funding Rounds (3) - $23.42M

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DateAmount / RoundValuationLead InvestorInvestors
Oct, 2007$16M / Series B2
Jan, 2007£2M / Series A1
Feb, 2006$3.5M / Seed1

Investors (2)

InvestorRound(s)Partner(s)
Series B (Lead)-
Seed (Lead)-
Series A (Lead)-
Series B-

Acquisitions (1)

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DateAcquiredAmount
Mar 21, 2011Unknown

Current Team (3)

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Competitors (3)

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  • Inuk is an internet protocol television (IPTV) provider that supplies broadcast quality TV via the internet to closed IP-based networks.
  • Zattoo is a TV streaming service with live, replay and on demand offerings for connected devices
  • Zebtab is an aggregated desktop widget that delivers the latest content in a rich media format to consumers.

Offices/Locations (1)

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  • Office

    28-30 Kirby Street

    London,

    GBR

Images (1)

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