Qwiki was a New York City based startup automated video production company. Qwiki released an iPhone app that automatically turns the pictures and videos from a user’s camera into movies to share. The company’s initial product, an iPad application that has created video summaries of over 3 million search terms, was downloaded more than 3 million times and named by Apple as the best “Search and Reference” application of 2011.

After Integrating this technology in the Bing search engine and launching video Creation tools for major publishers in cooperation with ABC News , the company lancé Qwiki for iPhone, qui received Apple’s Editor’s Choice and Was MENTIONED as an Honoree in the 2013 Webby’s in two categories. Time Inc. named Qwiki one of “10 NYC Startups to Watch” for 2013. [2] The company’s investors include cofounders of Facebook, YouTube and Groupon. The co-founders of Qwiki are Louis Monier (founder of the AltaVista search engine) and Doug Imbruce .

Qwiki was acquired by Yahoo! On July 2, 2013. [3]

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Qwiki launched in alpha testing mode on January 24, 2011 [4] [5] after winning the TechCrunch Disrupt Award in 2010. [6]

In January 2011, Qwiki raised $ 8 million in Series A financing, a round that was led by Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin . Other investors included Jawed Karim (co-founder, YouTube) and Pradeep Sindhu (co-founder, Juniper Networks). Institutional investors included Leren Media Ventures, Tugboat Ventures and Contour Venture Partners. The individual investor syndicate was arranged by New York City-based Felix Investments. [7] On January 24, 2011, Qwiki launched its public alpha. [8]

In March 2011, Qwiki raised an additional $ 1 million from Groupon and Lightbank co-founders Brad Keywell and Eric Lefkofsky , bringing the total raised to $ 10.5 million. [9]

In April 2011 Qwiki released an iPad App version of its service. The implementation HAS year additional feature not present in the web version That lets the user browse Google Maps qui displays Qwiki annotations at some point linked to content To Those falling rentals. [10] Seven weeks after launch, the Qwiki App was downloaded over 500,000 times. [11]

In February 2012, Qwiki relocated to New York City from its Bay Area offices in order to be closed to major media organizations. [12]

In May 2012, Qwiki launched a new platform for bloggers and online publishers including a partnership with ABC News. Qwiki technology on ABCNews.com and GoodMorningAmerica.com [13]

In June 2012, Bing annoncé That It Would we display Qwiki videos Bing search pages just below Wikipedia [14] and That users will be ble to play without leaving Qwikis Their search. [15]

In February 2013, Qwiki for iPhone launched on the App Store as Editors’ Choice. The app was downloaded more than 125K times in the first 6 days after launch. [16]

In May 2013, Time Inc. named Qwiki one of “10 NYC Startups to Watch for 2013”. [17]

In September 2014, Yahoo announced that Qwiki would close on November 1. [18]

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  9. Jump up^ Rusli, Evelyn. “Groupon Co-Founders Invest in Qwiki.” New York Times. Retrieved 31 March 2011.
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  18. Jump up^ Sarah Perez (September 26, 2014). “Yahoo To Shut Down Qwiki, Yahoo Education And The Yahoo Directory” . TechCrunch .

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