Friday, August 9, 2019

MUBI founder Efe Cakarel is coming to Disrupt Berlin - TechCrunch

MUBI founder Efe Cakarel is coming to Disrupt Berlin - TechCrunch


MUBI founder Efe Cakarel is coming to Disrupt Berlin - TechCrunch

Posted: 08 Aug 2019 01:00 AM PDT

Most entrepreneurs who have tried to compete with Netflix have failed. But Efe Cakarel isn't one of them. As the founder and CEO of MUBI, he has created a beloved movie streaming service. That's why I'm excited to announce that MUBI founder Efe Cakarel is joining us at TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin.

MUBI has been around for more than a decade. Back then, Netflix was just launching its on-demand streaming service. It was still mostly a DVD rental company.

Instead of focusing on quantity and mainstream content, MUBI went the opposite direction with a subscription tailored for cinephiles. Every day, MUBI adds a new movie to its catalog. It remains available for 30 days before it disappears from the service.

With this rolling window of 30 movies, there's always something new, something interesting. The limited selection has become an asset as you can take time to read about each movie and watch things you would have never considered watching on a service with thousands of titles.

More recently, the company started purchasing exclusive distribution rights and even producing its own original content. The service is available in most countries around the world.

But it hasn't always been an easy ride. A few years ago, MUBI had plans to form a joint venture with a Chinese partner in order to launch a service in China. The company had to cancel the project.

And yet, MUBI is still around after all those years. I'm personally impressed by Cakarel's resilience and I can't wait to see what's next for the company.

Buy your ticket to Disrupt Berlin to listen to this discussion and many others. The conference will take place on December 11-12.

In addition to panels and fireside chats, like this one, new startups will participate in the Startup Battlefield to compete for the highly coveted Battlefield Cup.

Toyota enlists Japanese startup to help with its robot research - News 12 Long Island

Posted: 08 Aug 2019 09:24 AM PDT

Here's the latest business headlines from Cheddar.

Disney is having a record year, bringing in more than $8 billion at the global box office - thanks to hits like "Avengers: Endgame" and "Aladdin."  The studio has some very big and expensive plans that stretch beyond movie theaters. Its streaming platform Disney Plus is launching in November, and is one of the company's biggest undertakings in recent years. Disney hopes the platform will gain $12 million subscribers by the end of next year.

Toyota has enlisted the help of a Japanese startup to help with its robot research. The automaker has been working with Tokyo-based 'Preferred Networks' on driverless cars since 2014. Now, the companies are expanding their partnership to develop service robot helpers for your home. 'Preferred Networks' has already exhibited a robot that could tidy a room and distinguish between trash and dirty towels. Toyota hopes to eventually deploy these robots into homes and hospitals, to support Japan's rapidly aging population.

Samsung is announcing a new Galaxy Note 10 and 10 Plus. The smartphones start at a whopping $949. Both models come with increased battery life, in-screen fingerprint sensors, wireless charging and three cameras. The Note 10 Plus also has an extra camera that can be used for 3D scanning.

 

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