Blog : Author : Chris Woolsey

  • Dance Pro Steve Zee-All Online Video Platforms Not Created Equal

    The history of tap has brought the world much entertainment and enjoyment for the last hundred and fifty years. World-class tap dancer and international instructor Steve Zee hopes to bring the joy of tap to a whole new generation of students across the entire globe. Pivotshare is proud to announce Steve Zee’s new Tap Academy Online, a beautiful showplace for a growing video library of tap dance knowledge and instruction. Trained by the old masters of tap Steve also studied at UCLA and at the Sorbonne in Paris and is well known in Los Angeles dance circles and has shared the stage with such artistic luminaries as Gregory Hines as well as tap legends, the Nicholas Brothers. He trained Kiril Kulish for the Broadway production of Billy Elliot for which Kiril won the Tony Award and has served as tap coach for pop icons David Lee Roth and Bette Midler. Steve is also an international figure in the genre and has traveled across Canada, Brazil, France and Germany to both teach and perform, having recently returned from a lengthy tour in Europe. Steve also heads a non-profit arts organization known as LA Ironworks and recently spoke at the famed TedTalks about tap’s influence on American culture and history and is on faculty at Cal State University, Long Beach.
  • SoCal Tech Association Uses Pivotshare to Sell Videos Online

    Technology investment in Orange County, California is growing at a tremendous rate, so much so that the area is threatening to pull the tech spotlight south from Silicon Valley. Part of this exciting development in innovation is due to the efforts of an OC organization called OCTANe. The mission of OCTANe is to connect innovators and entrepreneurs with the crucial relationships and resources they need in order to develop their business. Created in September of 2002 by co-founders Tom Moebus, former vice-chancellor of University of California, Irvine and Dwight Decker, former CEO and chairman of Conexant Systems, the organization has made a lasting impact on the economic development of the entire Orange County area. Over the course of their history, OCTANe has helped companies raise over $217 million in funding and equity exits. In 2012 alone, $77 million dollars was raised for a variety of new businesses through their LaunchPad program, the group’s platform for assisting startups in the technology, biomedical and cleantech industries. Our company, Pivotshare, was among them.
  • Using Pivotshare to Sell Media Online is Even Better Than Free!

    My grandpa used to say that you get what you pay for. And you know what? He was right. Everyone likes to find a good bargain, but often you find that the quality of what you purchased is so low that it winds up being a complete and total waste of time, money and effort. Yet millions of media professionals make the choice every day to use free platforms to sell media online to their audiences. While these low-cost (or no-cost) options seem like a great deal, a closer examination shows that there are many reasons why a penny saved may not necessarily turn into a penny earned.
  • Documentary “A Sister’s Call” Brings Mental Illness Into the Spotlight

    Beautiful documentary tells the story of one woman’s heroic battle to find her missing brother and restore his life ATLANTA, Georgia - A SISTER’S CALL, the award-winning documentary brilliantly directed by Rebecca Schaper and Kyle Tekiela, continues garnering prizes at film festivals around the country. A Sister’s Call can now be purchased online through Pivotshare and viewed on the web and across leading mobile and tablet devices. The film was produced by directors Schaper and Tekiela in association with Kartemquin Films, creators of the 1994 award-winning classic documentary, Hoop Dreams. Kartemquin Films served as an editorial consultant on the project, helping to mold the final product through their world-renowned KTQ Labs program. The group is also helping with outreach as the project moves forward.
  • Pivotshare Announces New Monetized Embeddable Player

    Pivotshare Announces Self-Service Embeddable Pay-Per-View Video Player Media startup creates a solution allowing filmmakers to offer their films as rentals on their own website and begin selling direct to audience COSTA MESA, Calif. - Today Pivotshare announced the public release of their new monetized embeddable video player. All of the benefits that users of the Pivotshare platform have come to expect from their online media channels are also available in the embeddable version, allowing filmmakers to sell directly to their audience from their own website. On top of being completely self-service, with no starting fees or monthly costs, there is another aspect to the platform that sets it apart from most other embeddable players on the marketplace. Customers can now experience a truly seamless payment experience.

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