During the Great Depression migrant workers (called Hobos) rode rail cars travelling the country looking for work. Hobos took free rides by waiting until the train was moving, running and jumping onto the train after it had left the guarded station.
Startup technology businesses are Digital Hobos.
Startups generally lack the resources to buy their way onto the technology train. Instead, we have to get aboard by any means possible.
With MondoPlayer, we have developed a number of systems that arrived just as the technology train had moved on.
Our technology has two major components:
1. A search engine and web crawler designed to organize video into streams.
2. A player that allows video from all manner of sources to be played in a continuous stream.
Trains that Left the Station
The world of video did not remain stationary as we developed MondoPlayer. The pace of change has been staggering:
1. Flash is dead. Systems we developed to index and play Flash videos are nearly useless. Not only did iOS and Android forsake Flash from the onset, YouTube has finally ditched Flash too.
2. HTML5 has gone from being important to being the only game in town.
3. Mobile systems run on low power processors with less bandwidth than desktops. Video consumption has moved heavily toward mobile, requiring our systems to be more efficient and much smarter.
4. Windows 8 and 10 have destroyed many of the interfaces we developed for older Windows versions.
5. Paywalls have been going up and coming down all over the Internet as companies that host video are wrestling with ways to monetize video. This has made indexing a constant battle.
If a startup sets its sights on a truly significant technological achievement, casualties are inevitable. A certain percentage of the development work is destined to fall under the wheels of the technological train.
Photo Credit: Simon Hucko