Category Tech Crunch

Here are all of the articles Ashkan Karbasfrooshan wrote for Tech Crunch between 2010 to 2012

The Rise Of Video Ad Networks

Venture capital is flowing into video ad networks: Brightroll recently raised $30 million, Yume raised $12 million.  Tremor Video’s raised over $100 million. But not everyone’s buying the hype: “it’s just not a big enough market for all the money invested, there can’t be six or… Continue Reading →

Can Content Producers Be Disruptors Or Is Content Only Meant To Be Disrupted?

Why is content such a dirty word in venture capital?  We have seen a few generations of technology entrepreneurs and investors, but there have been far fewer successful outcomes for media startups.  In fact, most of the value has remained… Continue Reading →

Why Big Media Is Going Nuclear Against The DMCA

When Congress updated copyright laws and passed the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) in  1998, it ushered an era of investment, innovation and job creation.  In the decade since, companies like Google, YouTube and Twitter have emerged thanks to the Act, but in the… Continue Reading →

Who Will Be The Next Talisman Of The Tech World?

In soccer (or football outside the U.S.), the term talisman is given to the one player whose genius can turn a game around. With him, his team wins—without him, his team falters. Over the past 25 years, Steve Jobs clashed… Continue Reading →

Top 10 Greatest U.S. Digital Media M&A Deals Of All Time

Back in November 2006, I published the Top 10 Greatest Internet Digital Media M&A Deals of All Time.  It included eBay’s $1.5 billion acquisition of PayPal, Yahoo’s $1.6 billion acquisition of Overture, and Microsoft’s $400 million purchase of Hotmail back in… Continue Reading →

9 Reasons Why Online Video Advertising Has Failed to Meet Previous Forecasts

In 2011, forecasters are projecting U.S. online video advertising revenues of $1.9 billion to $5.6 billion.  I emailed Forrester, Magna Global, eMarketer and Accustream and obtained the following information: MagnaGlobal: $1.9 billion eMarketer: $2.16 billion Accustream: $5.6 billion Forrester Research… Continue Reading →

Yahoo’s Options

With Yahoo! firing Carol Bartz—by phone no less, we are left to wonder what the next chapter will be for the one-time Internet pioneer. So, what can Yahoo! do?  Let’s look at the options: OPTION 1: BUY HULU The company has been rumored to… Continue Reading →

The Case for Yahoo to Buy Hulu

While Yahoo! remains the best positioned digital media company around, Wall Street remains unconvinced. Yahoo!’s revenues are not growing as fast as other online media companies (GOOG, AMZN, Facebook, etc).  Moreover, between Facebook’s grip on display ad inventory and DSPs… Continue Reading →

Why TV Companies Couldn’t Care Less About Original Online Video

The rise and proliferation of cable grew the total pie for television, leaving networks with bigger businesses even if their share of the pie shrunk. While the network-to-cable shift was evolutionary, the television-to-web transition is revolutionary. Nonetheless, TV’s Traditional Media… Continue Reading →

The Year In Online Video Deals And What To Expect In 2011

With the recent rumor that Google’s YouTube unit was looking at acquiring video content company Next New Networks, it’s clear that anything can happen in the rapidly growing online videospace.  While some are shocked to see that Google may cross over and own… Continue Reading →

Rise of the Anti-Content Farmers

My cohort at Revision 3, CEO Jim Louderback, recently wrote an article called “Screw Viral Videos.” Why? Because according to Louderback, “viral videos deliver little or no value to anyone.” Which led me to wonder: what about content farms? The Definition of Content… Continue Reading →

The Online Video Debate: Size Versus Quality

Last week, Erick posted an article on TechCrunch titled “Industry Insiders Say Online Video Advertising Is Reaching A ‘Frenzy Point.’” It was a surefire way to get online video entrepreneurs excited, right? Not so fast. The article quoted two CEOs of large… Continue Reading →

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