Jeh Daruvala CEO and Founder of Yactraq talks with Rob Lau from Idea to IPO after the wildly successful CINA Conference November 9th 2012:
The interview covers details about Yactraq Speech2Topics API, Speech2Ads and related topics including the evolving video ecosystem.
The full interview is available at http://blog.programmableweb.com/2013/05/13/pw-interview-jeh-daruwala-ceo-yactraq-api-behavorial-targeting-for-videos/
Yactraq declared among the top 3 startups, chosen by a panel of judges including:
Mark Silva (Angel Investor), Craig Jones (Managing Partner, Ticonderoga Capital), Jamie Kim (California Technology Ventures), Thorsten Claus (Senior Investment Manager, T-Venture of America), Kamram Qamar (Angel Investor), Brad Kayton (Angel Investor), James Conlon (Angel Investor), Aymerik Renard (VP, Accelerator and Strategic Investor, PCH Intn.), Jonathan Richard Staenberg (Angel Investor), Matthew Growney (Managing Partner, Rudyard Partners)
LaunchFEST @CES is organized by angellaunch.com / ihollywoodforum.com
Yactraq was judged the top company at the CINA Rising Star Showcase 5.0 (http://cina.org/cinacon2012/startups.html) by Carol Sands of the Halo Fund and the Angel's Forum
Yactraq has made it into the 2012 CIX Top 20! After reviewing the profiles of a huge field of entrants, Yactraq was selected by a panel of notable investors and technology executives to participate in the CIX Top 20.
As a member of the Top 20, Yactraq CEO Jeh Daruvala is invited to make a signature presentation at the Canadian Innovation Exchange on November 27, 2012 at the MaRS Discovery District in Toronto.
As a Top 20 company Yactraq is also invited to participate in CIX. The Yactraq display will be prominently placed on the main floor of the MaRS Discovery District.
Taking place November 27, 2012 at MaRS Discovery District in Toronto, the Canadian Innovation Exchange (CIX) is the foremost destination for key leaders in the innovation economy to learn from one another, explore new relationships and accelerate the development of the ground-breaking technologies, products and services propelling the Canadian economy into the future.
This one day forum attracts the people behind innovative new technologies "entrepreneurs, investors, corporations, service providers, government, and media" for an unparalleled program of visionary keynotes and panel discussions, facilitated networking opportunities, and the CIX Top 20 a showcase of Canada's hottest innovative companies working in Digital Media and Information and Communication Technology.
What to expect:
- An exclusive one-day networking event where investors, innovative companies, entrepreneurs and facilitators converge to accelerate the engine of growth for our economy
- The CIX Top 20: a showcase of the hottest technology-based products, services and companies in Digital Media and Information and Communications technology selected from entrants across Canada
- Inspirational keynotes, panels and case studies from industry leaders
- A nexus of facilitated meetings and networking opportunities designed to launch new relationships and kick-start business development
"Yactraq's magic technology combined with their flexible business model means DAR.FM and Yactraq's interests are fully aligned. Their software is at the core of DAR.FM's monetization strategy. This is the future of internet audio & video." Michael Robertson (Founder - DAR.FM, MP3.com, Linspire, Gizmo5 and Yactraq customer).
Yactraq customer DAR.FM has implemented Yactraq's Speech2Ads solution for speech based contextual targeting of ads from Yactraq partners like Yahoo, Adknowledge, Local.com and others. Presently DAR.FM uses Yactraq software to target ads for three shows:
- Jim Rome's Sports show
- NPR's All things considered
- Rush Limbaugh
The next step will be to cover dozens of shows thereby expanding coverage to a large percentage of DAR.FM users.
DAR.FM is changing the world of audio ! Its a free service that lets you record radio stations and shows so you can listen whenever you like. To try it, visit http://www.dar.fm
Yactraq Founder/CEO Jeh Daruvala & other CTA companies had a working lunch with Gregor Robertson, Mayor of Vancouver, on 10 October 2012 at Rocketspace, San Francisco. The purpose of the Mayor's visit was to seek input from CTA entrepreneurs in modeling accelerator best practice at Rocketspace and apply those lessons to Vancouver's economic development.
About the Vancouver Economic Commission:
The Vancouver Economic Commission, an agency of the City of Vancouver, works to strengthen the city's economic future by helping existing businesses, attracting investment, researching the business environment and making policy recommendations.
VEC works closely with elected officials, the consular corps, and relevant departments of all levels of government. It links directly with peer organizations in the region, broad-based and sector-specific industry associations and ethnic business groups.
It also engages regularly with post-secondary and technology institutions, legal, real estate and business services professionals, and others whose work affects economic development of the region. The purpose of these activities is to bring the best possible information to companies and entrepreneurs interested in business development in the city. Services are comprehensive, confidential and free to clients.
VEC also serves as the voice of business to Vancouver’s City Hall, making recommendations to the City on ways to improve the business climate and make Vancouver more attractive to business from around the globe. In late 2007, VEC delivered a report to City Council on the city’s business climate, based on input from the business community.
For more information visit http://www.vancouvereconomic.com/
Yactraq was awarded second place at Pitchforce (formerly Ignite!) on 18 September 2012. The event was held at Rocketspace, San Francisco.
Pitchforce is a series of monthly fund raising events for high tech, clean tech, medical device, biotech or medical diagnostic companies. Ten companies are chosen each month to have a Demo Table. Attendees vote on the top companies and four are chosen to present to a panel of VC and Angels. The winner gets a meeting with the Sponsoring Venture Capitalist for a full Pitch Session to the Sponsoring VC firm. The purpose of the program is to provide an opportunity for exposure and feedback and follow up meetings with VCs and Angel investors. To learn more about Pitchforce visit http://www.ignitefundraisers.com/