Zype was founded by two best friends from New Jersey. Together, Ed and Chris conceived and launched what is now the leading video distribution platform for OTT. Zype is a culmination of their professional and personal experiences and was born from their mutual passion for amazing video. We sat down with them to learn why they started Zype.
Why did you build Zype?
“We started Zype to make it easy for great content to be enjoyed by consumers without any middlemen. We worked on a project for a media company years ago and saw first hand how complex the entire supply chain was — from technology like content management systems, storage, players, and bandwidth, to business relationships with advertisers and ecommerce platforms.”
“Zype started as a passion project. It was a way for us to work with interesting clients in an industry outside of enterprise software. We built an early streaming portal in 2008 for a client and presented the experience at a conference that next year in a session titled ‘Building a Video Portal in Rails – Or How the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Started Streaming’.”
“But I also saw how my own children were interacting with and consuming content. What I grew up on (think rabbit ear antennas and brown corded cable boxes) was no longer relevant to this generation, and with the ubiquity of consumer devices, cheap bandwidth, and availability of cloud computing, the time was right to build something that could play by a new set of rules.”
“At the time there weren’t many content owners building their own branded destinations. The process to launch the portal was lengthy, requiring the coordination or multiple teams and vendors to pull all of the required technologies together. It was, however, magical. Seeing a content owner deliver video through a branded web destination directly to their most passionate fans ignited a spark for me and Ed.”
“So several years later when the same client wanted to launch a video portal for a separate brand, we started from the ground up and leveraged all of the advances in technology to develop a platform that streamlined the development process and user experience. As we brought on additional customers, we listened closely to the functionality they needed most and Zype went from being a passion project to a company we were passionate about.”
“Now we are obsessed with our customers, obsessed with video business, and we have partnered with our customers to build the video distribution platform they need, one that will continue to evolve as new business models, distribution outlets, and consumer trends emerge.”
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