Today in company updates: mnubo, You.i TV, CrowdRiff

In recent weeks, Canadian startups have made announcements, launching new features, partnerships, and more. Here’s the latest on Canada’s movers and shakers.

Montreal-based mnubo selected to provide IoT insights to Japan’s smart home market

Montreal-based mnubo has been selected to provide its SmartObjects data analytics solution to Japan-based service providers iTSCOM and Connected Design.

iTSCOM, a service provider, and Connected Design, a smart product joint venture between iTSCOM of Tokyu Group, Fujitsu Cloud Technologies Limited of the Fujitsu Group, and the Tokyu Corporation, will use SmartObjects to gain actionable insights from their smart home deployment base. In early 2015, iTSCOM and Connected Design launched Intelligent HOME, a smart home service based in Japan.

“iTSCOM and Connected Design are pioneering very innovative smart home use cases in Asia that go beyond the traditional home automation and security services we see in North America,” said Frederic Bastien, CEO of mnubo. “We are delighted to work with these market-leading companies to help push the boundaries of how IoT data science, machine learning, and AI can bring value to a multitude of consumer IoT applications.”

mnubo has previously partnered with companies like Hortau, Buzz Connect, and Grain Systems to bring IoT services to different industries like agriculture and farming. mnubo also raised a $6 million Series A round in May 2015.

Vimond joins You.i TV’s partner program to accelerate availability of cross-platform video experiences

Ottawa-based You.i TV has announced Bergen, Norway-based Vimond’s entry into its partner program to accelerate the global availability of cross-platform video experiences.

You.i TV said the collaboration will allow customers to use Vimond’s platform, which provides tools and controls needed to manage and deliver over-the-top (OTT) services, and the You.i Engine, which allows brand owners to build a customized platform across mobile devices, streaming devices, consoles, and set-top boxes from a single code base.

“You.i TV and our partners are reshaping the TV landscape by delivering user first experiences that are more engaging and better for our customers’ businesses,” said Susan Odle, director of business partners at You.i TV. “By adding Vimond to our partner program, we’re increasing our ability to offer the advantages of the You.i Engine development environment within solutions that are designed to meet each video service provider’s needs.”

You.i TV raised a $12 million Series B from Time Warner Investments in September 2016.

CrowdRiff announces visual marketing platform for UGC and owned visuals

Toronto-based CrowdRiff, a visual and social marketing solution for destination and travel brands, announced the release of a visual marketing platform for user-generated content and owned visuals.

CrowdRiff’s visual marketing platform allows users to source user-generated and owned visuals, and publish them to digital and offline marketing channels. CrowdRiff said that users can publish visuals to different apps including content management systems, digital asset managers, and social media management tools.

“Visuals are the language of the digital era, and marketers increasingly need photos and videos to connect with their audiences,” said Dan Halowack, CEO of CrowdRiff. “Our newest platform gives marketers the ability to source, manage and publish all their visuals from one central place, from the Instagram video posted by a traveler to the perfect beach photo commissioned from a professional photographer.”

At the Destination International CMO Summit held in Denver, Colorado, Halowack also announced that CrowdRiff’s customer base is expanding into Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. In March 2016, CrowdRiff raised a $2.6 million seed round from BDC Capital, Gibraltar Ventures, High Alpha Capital, and Foundation Capital. The company also participated in C100’s 48 Hours In The Valley in December 2015.


Amira Zubairi

Amira Zubairi is a staff writer and content creator at BetaKit with a strong interest in Canadian startup, business, and legal tech news. In her free time, Amira indulges in baking desserts, working out, and watching legal shows.

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