Vidyo Raises $22.5M From QuestMark, Menlo, Rho & Others

Vidyo, Inc. said it raised $22.5 million in Series D financing in a round led by QuestMark Partners and joined by existing investors Menlo Ventures, Rho Ventures, Star Ventures and Four River Group. The Hackensack, N.J., company, which competes with Cisco Systems in the video conferencing, or telepresence, market, has now raised $96 million since its founding in 2005.

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Vidyo Raises $22.5 Million Series D to Fund Global Expansion
of First Affordable End-to-End Telepresence

Hackensack, NJ — September 15, 2011 – Vidyo, Inc., the first company to deliver personal telepresence, today announced a $22.5 million Series D round of financing, bringing the total amount of capital raised by the company to $96 million since its founding in 2005. Existing investors, Menlo Ventures, Rho Ventures, Star Ventures and Four River Group participated in the round, which was led by QuestMark Partners.  Vidyo will use the funding to further expand its sales and marketing activities to address the global market demand for higher quality, more flexible and scalable mobile, desktop, room system and immersive telepresence systems.

“Vidyo is the only company that offers a telepresence solution that extends from an immersive room, to a  desktop and  iPad or Android mobile device on a single infrastructure” said Ofer Shapiro, CEO and co-founder of Vidyo.  ”Vidyo is fortunate to have  outstanding investors who understand the architectural shift occurring in the market today and customers who will no longer pay the excessive cost of traditional telepresence when they can truly have more, for less.”

Vidyo  has been awarded 9 patents and has 27 patents pending for its revolutionary VidyoRouter platform and is the winner of the 2011 Best of Interop Award for Collaboration , the Frost and Sullivan Enterprise Video Conferencing Infrastructure Award,  a two-time stand out on the Wall Street Journal  “Next Big Thing” list and  the current  winner of the Wall Street Journal  Innovation Award for Networking, Internet and Broadband. Selected as the single winner in this category amongst all public and private companies, Vidyo was recognized for “technology that will create an economic disruption,” impacting all three of these industries.

“The video conferencing market will undergo exponential growth in the next five years and Vidyo is poised to become one of the new market leader as MCU-based room systems and expensive high-QoS network-based immersive telepresence rooms are usurped by video conferencing solutions that provide natural interactions and scale affordably to accommodate mass deployment, ” said Timothy Krongard, Partner at QuestMark Partners. “Vidyo is leading the innovation charge in the video conferencing industry today and has emerged as an industry changing force as the market moves to mass deployment of integrated mobile, desktop and telepresence solutions.  We are delighted to be part of Vidyo’s continued success.”

The Vidyo Difference
The Vidyo communication and collaboration platform is software-based, highly flexible and can be easily customized for individual enterprise and vertical market video conferencing needs. The VidyoRouter is based on the company’s patented Adaptive Video Layering™ architecture and leverages H.264 Scalable Video Coding (SVC)-based technology.  It eliminates the MCU and offers unprecedented error resiliency, low latency and rate matching enabling natural, affordable, high quality video to work over the Internet, LTE, 3G and 4G networks. The Vidyo platform allows users to quickly leverage the latest hardware innovations and new consumer devices, making it uniquely attractive to partners. Vidyo has been active driving H.264 SVC and SIP videoconferencing interoperability in various standards bodies since 2005.

About Vidyo, Inc.
Vidyo, Inc. pioneered Personal Telepresence enabling natural, HD multi-point videoconferences on tablets and smart phones, PCs and Macs, room systems, gateways that interoperate with H.323 and SIP endpoints, telepresence solutions and affordable cloud-based broadcast solutions.  Learn more at  www.vidyo.com, on the Blog or follow @vidyo on Twitter.

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