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  • Viola Credit | 18 Aug 2016

    Optical communications co ColorChip raises $20m
    The Israeli company’s technology meets the growing need to help datacom manage all of the exponentially growing traffic.

    http://www.globes.co.il/en/article-optical-communications-co-colorchip-raises-20m-1001146611

    Israeli optical communications company ColorChip has raised $20 million from Gemini Israel Funds, BRM Group, IGP, Vintage, HGL Capital, and Viola Credit. Founded in 2001 by Dr. Shimon Eckhouse and Prof. Shlomo Rushin of Tel Aviv University School of Engineering, the Yokneam based company has raised $80 million to date including the latest financing round and its previous financing round of $25 million in November 2015. IGP, Gemini and BRM led previous financing rounds.

    ColorChip is a privately held Israeli company that provides cost effective, dense, hyper-scale transceivers and advanced optical splitters. The funding will enable the Israeli company to ramp-up operations and accelerate product development.

    With Internet services becoming more data intensive due to streaming HD video, virtual reality, cloud computing, and IoT devices, there is a growing need for new technologies to help datacom manage all of the exponentially growing traffic. ColorChip’s innovative optical communication solutions are well positioned to help solve the growing bandwidth demand of the web.

    ColorChip CEO Yigal Ezra said, “We have so much support and confidence from our investors and are going to utilize the funds to recruit additional employees as well as scale up our operations to better serve the growing demands of the Datacom market.”

    ColorChip has developed unique SystemOnGlass technology a hybrid optical integrated circuit. ColorChip uses glass wafers to industrialize its optical devices, allowing for cost effective, rapid, and highly scalable production. In essence, this allows the company to bring efficiencies commonly only seen in semiconductor fabrication to the world of optical communications.

    ColorChip is also unique in the Israeli landscape, since it not only develops its solutions but is also vertically integrated and manufactures its core technology in its wholly owned and operated state of the art fab in Israel. The fab utilizes the company’s unique IP and is a critical component of its core technology, positioning the company as a leader in the industrialized manufacture of optical assemblies. The company is targeting the high speed transceiver 40G/100G Datacom market, predicted to reach $1.7 billion by 2019.

    ColorChip is in the process of scaling up its operations, including hiring new employees in Israel, the US, and remote site facilities. The new funding will directly support these efforts.

    Published by Globes [online], Israel business news – www.globes-online.com – on August 17, 2016

    © Copyright of Globes Publisher Itonut (1983) Ltd. 2016
  • Viola Credit | 07 Jul 2016

    Viola Group Exit: RRMedia acquisition is completed!
    MX1 Reveals New Company Brand as a World-Leading Media Services Company.

    The First Media Globalizer, Created by the Merger of SES Platform Services and RR Media, Will Present Its Full Range of Services at IBC2016

    MUNICH, GERMANY and AIRPORT CITY, ISRAEL--(Marketwired - Jul 6, 2016) - Following the leading satellite operator SES's (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG) successful completion of the acquisition of RR Media and the latter's merger with SES Platform Services, MX1 is the name of the new merged global media services company. MX1 leverages the capabilities and infrastructure of both companies to offer a full suite of innovative digital video and media services. The world's first media globalizer, MX1 works with leading media businesses to transform content into the ultimate viewer experience for a global audience, amplifying the value of the world's media content.
    Bringing it all together for the first time, MX1 aims to be the new number 1 in Media eXperience. The company provides highly optimised content management and distribution services for premium content, utilising the combined global networks of the merged companies, as well as their cloud technologies, to maximise audience reach over multiple screens and increase monetisation opportunities for customers. These services include a comprehensive range of high-quality video and media solutions delivered over satellite, fibre and the internet.
    MX1 offers full continuity and enhanced services to all of SES PS's and RR Media's existing customers and partners. Together, MX1 distributes more than 1,000 TV channels, manages the playout of 440 channels and delivers syndicated content to more than 120 leading subscription VOD platforms. The new company has 16 offices worldwide and operates six global state-of-the-art media centres, enabling customers to reach billions of people around the world.
    Avi Cohen, former CEO of RR Media and newly-named CEO of MX1, said, "This is an exciting day for us as we introduce a new company to the industry and our new brand name and logo. MX1 enables new richer viewers' experiences, the widest audience reach, and new business models for broadcasters, rights holders, sports organisations and distributors. We deliver these experiences like no one else, with unrivalled expertise, an unmatched range of capabilities, proven flexibility, and an enhanced global presence. This merger allows us to scale-up on a global basis and become the world's leading media services provider, delivering next-generation digital video and media solutions to our worldwide customers. Closer to them, wherever they are, we enable them to optimise their media and deliver it to global audiences like never before."
    "MX1 brings a new kind of business to the market, serving global customers as a complete end-to-end media experience provider. We look forward to presenting our new complete global offering and the management team at IBC Amsterdam in September," continued Cohen.
    MX1 will present its full range of services at IBC2016 at the RAI Amsterdam, 9-13 September (Stand no. 1.B24).
    About MX1
    MX1, a wholly-owned subsidiary of SES (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG), is a global leading media services provider. The world's first media globalizer works with leading media businesses to transform content into the ultimate viewer experience for a global audience. With more entertainment, more innovation and more impact, MX1 offers a full range of content management, delivery and value-added digital media services. Together, MX1 distributes more than 1,000 TV channels, manages the playout of 440 channels and delivers syndicated content to more than 120 leading subscription VOD platforms. The new company has 16 offices worldwide and operates six global state-of-the-art media centres, enabling customers to reach billions of people around the world. To find out more, visit www.mx1.com and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
    CONTACT INFORMATION
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    Elad Manishviz
    Tel: +972 3 928 0808

    Media Contacts:
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    Cutler PR (US)
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  • Viola Growth | 08 Jun 2016

    SundaySky Raises $30 Million to Accelerate Leadership in Personalized Video Engagement Market

    NEW YORK – June 8, 2016 – SundaySky, powering personalized video engagement for leading brands, today announced it has completed its Series D financing round and raised an additional $30 million, bringing total investments in the company to $67 million. New investor Viola Private Equity led the round and was joined by existing investors Carmel Ventures, Globespan Capital Partners, Norwest Venture Partners, Comcast Ventures and others. NTT DOCOMO Ventures – the venture capital arm of NTT DOCOMO, Inc., Japan’s leading mobile operator and a SundaySky customer – also participated as a strategic investor. The funding will scale global growth and support continued product innovation and a rapidly expanding customer base as SundaySky builds upon its position as the pioneer in the personalized video engagement market.

    By 2020, SundaySky expects all Fortune 500 business-to-consumer companies will adopt data-driven, personalized video storytelling to engage with and communicate to their customers. SundaySky has seen year-over-year SmartVideo program growth of 130 percent and is on track to reach 1 billion cumulative SmartVideo views by the end of the year, as companies respond to growing consumer demand for relevant and personalized experiences. Enterprises that implement SmartVideo at one stage of the customer lifecycle – such as video billing, acquisition or onboarding – are now adopting it for multiple applications across their businesses for holistic SmartVideo strategies.

    The company is expanding its board of directors, adding two members with extensive leadership in building publicly traded technology companies. Following this round, Viola Private Equity General Partner Ayal Shiran will join the company’s board of directors. In addition, Rami Hadar, former president and CEO of Allot Communications Ltd. (NASDAQ, TASE: ALLT), will assume the role of executive chairman.

    “As the creator of the personalized video engagement market category, SundaySky has changed how brands interact with consumers, making one-to-one personalized communication possible,” said Ayal Shiran, general partner of Viola Private Equity. “With SundaySky’s proven technology, veteran executive team and impressive blue-chip customer list, the company is positioned to accelerate growth and advance its solution, now more than ever. We believe in SundaySky’s vision of personalized video becoming the primary engagement medium between a brand and an individual, and we look forward to working with the company to realize this future.”  

    Leading brands in telecommunications, e-commerce, insurance, banking, healthcare and other industries rely on SundaySky’s SmartVideo Platform to create personalized video experiences that change consumer behavior across the customer lifecycle, and drive return on investment. SmartVideo programs drive up to 20X incremental revenue growth, 22 percent reduction in customer churn, 20 percent reduction in customer care costs, lift digital adoption by 19 percent and an 18-point increase in Net Promoter Score.

    “This funding underscores the maturity of the personalized video engagement category, and SundaySky’s leadership in it,” said Shmulik Weller, SundaySky co-founder and CEO. “We’ve seen significant, rapid growth in adoption of SmartVideo as a strategy for leading global brands, and with the investment from Viola Private Equity, we will continue to execute on our mission of offering one-to-one communication through a storytelling medium that is highly targeted, measurable and scalable.”

    Additional SundaySky resources:

    ·        Blog: http://bit.ly/Scuwqp

    ·        Resource library: http://bit.ly/1OHOZQ1

    ·        Twitter: http://bit.ly/1wgr7XH

    ·        Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1ha670C

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