Howdy! As in the first week of 2017, we think it’s time to take a look back on what we have done over the last year.
For us, one of the most important event this year is the Pre-A venture capital funding in May. The million-dollar funding was approved by Hike Capital, one of the largest venture capitals in China, and will be utilized in different fields, including online education, big data combined with VR research, and video identification known as “Video DNA”.
With this funding, we can now serve our users and clients even better, as well as focus on our research for more leading-edge technologies.
Another key event of ours is that we officially obtained the TRUCS certification in September. The certification is signed by Data Center Alliance (DCA), an association of cloud service and security led by Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) and China Communications Standards Association (CCSA).
Unlike Alibaba, Tencent and other cloud services, we are the only one to exclusively provide SaaS service for videos among the TRUCS-certified cloud services. We attribute the certification to the recognition from the security authorities of DCA, as well as from the over 24,000 clients we serve over the years.
Besides, we received several awards and honors, including 3rd Prize of China Innovation & Entrepreneurship Competition (CIEC), New & Dashing Technology Prize of China Education Gala 2016, Certification of National High Technology Enterprises and more.
Once again, these honors are not for bragging about how great we are doing – they are the recognitions from the clients and authorities for our technologies and products, and reminding us of never stop developing and going further for the better.
As our business grows bigger and bigger, the sense of responsibility is growing, too. For the first time, our Streaming Cloud service played an important role in community activities – a 3-day live streaming classroom for the high school students in Beijing due to the severe smog weather.
As regarding “Driving value with video” as our ambition, we fulfill it by serving in such community or public affairs to help or benefit more people. It is a good kickstart and we will keep on with it from then on.
For promotions and marketing, we have participated in many tech salons, fairs and exhibitions, of which the biggest one is GET2016: Global Education Technology Summit & Expo. It is our honor to meet with great entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and leading professionals from all over the world, in both education and technology fields.
We really appreciate their speeches as well as the insights and prospects shared in the expo. Besides, many participants and corporations are very interested with our VR live streaming demo at the vendor. We have collected their feedback as they try it, and will consider them as a reference in the developing process.
And, we are beginning the overseas promotion. Back in August 2016, we started to plan about the international website, social media, blogs and other optimizations, and then started with the construction of blogs.
So far our blogs have been running well, and brought us the first few international clients for video hosting and live streaming. For international site, it is now in design stage, and will be deployed later this year.
And for the most important part – our product research and development, 2016 is the key year for Streaming Cloud – we started to promote this live streaming service in Q2, not only for market share, but also to test out the stability and load balancing.
Then, with weekly minor updates, the release of new PC client and mobile app, account linking between Video Cloud and Streaming Cloud, and more CDN nodes put into use, we had a great breakthrough in Q4: significant boost in both users and sales for Streaming Cloud, as well as gaining reputation from various type of clients and users.
We also made a demo for VR live streaming (as mentioned above in the promotion and marketing section), and some attempts in other new technologies including video recognition. We will notify you if new features or further updates are released.
The bottom line, we have been growing fast over 2016, and embracing the latest technologies for videos. For the brand new 2017, we will continue providing better video services and developing more useful functions and leading-edge features to meet our clients’ demands.
We’ll keep exploring. What about you?