|Type of business||Privately Held|
Type of site
|Video production, webcasting and video on demand|
San Francisco, California,
|Key people||Bob Appel, CEO and President|
|Alexa rank||64,787 (January 2015[update])|
FORA.tv is a company that offers services for event video production, online distribution and monetization. The company currently serves more than 500 organizations, primarily working with event and conference organizers.
FORA.tv was founded by Brian Gruber in 2005 as a forum for the exchange of intelligent ideas and conversation (hence the name fora, plural for forum, and the "library" part of the website) and provided video services to conferences while doing that. Gruber was the first marketing director for C-SPAN. FORA.tv is known for its intellectual videos with a few calling it "The C-SPAN of the Web". By 2008, they had partnered with numerous schools and institutions, acquiring a broad library of public lectures and colloquia. The library provided several ways to interact with the videos, such as comments, transcripts, and translations. In February 2009, the company partnered with WIRED creating a channel that features videos about technological, science, business, and cultural issues. Time featured FORA.tv and four others out of Time's "50 Best Websites 2009". FORA.tv was often compared with the online TED Talks. Website traffic continued to grow for the intellectual hour-long videos to about 3 million views per month by September 2010, tripling in 18 months.
FORA.tv is funded by private investors including William R. Hearst III and Adobe Ventures.
FORA.tv's services range from single-camera shoots to full-scale conference video production. FORA.tv's revenue methods for its partners include sponsorships, pay-per-view and advertising. FORA.tv has offices in San Francisco and New York City.
FORA.tv provides a digital forum where people can get and discuss information on technology, politics, culture, entertainment and more. FORA.tv hosts a curated library that features more than 25,000 unmediated video drawn from its clients’ live events, lectures and debates at universities, think tanks, conferences, etc.
Brookings Institution, Asia Society, Hoover Institution, C-SPAN, Heritage Foundation, Cato Institute, Link TV, Cambridge University, Americans for Informed Democracy, Chatham House, Council on Foreign Relations, The New Yorker, Intelligence Squared, Wired Magazine, New York Magazine, The Long Now Foundation, HSBC, New York University Stern School of Business, The Atlantic, Maker Faire, Vanity Fair, California Academy of Sciences and Ted.
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