The StriveCast Founder’s Story

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How two students founded the leading German eCDN provider

Today, StriveCast is the leading German eCDN provider and in fact one of the very few companies worldwide that solve enterprise video delivery. Here’s the story of how two freshly graduates founded StriveCast and developed a WebRTC-based P2P eCDN that today helps more than 50 companies to seamlessly stream their corporate events.

Phase 0:
Research, research, research

, The StriveCast Founder’s Story

Christopher Probst-Ranly and Alexander Schaefer got to know each other at the university of Duesseldorf, Germany. Being passionate computer science students, they were driven by solving apparent problems and finding smart solutions. One of these challenges was data distribution, especially regarding video streaming. They thought: “There has to be a more efficient way for sharing and receiving data.” They started to research, code, and rack each other’s brains around the topics of international network optimization, P2P networks, video streaming, and WebRTC (then still in its infancy).

Their solution: Why not include the clients themselves in the distribution process as transmission operators? Said and done: They developed a state-of-the-art P2P CDN technology that includes end devices in the streaming process.

Phase 1:
First foot on the ground – Pilot project and company foundation

In 2016, Alex and Chris successfully realized first pilot projects with their technology and could actually prove bandwidth savings of up to 95%! A real breakthrough! With this proof of concept tied to a smart business model, they quickly found suitable investors and founded StriveCast in 2017. The two students became young entrepreneurs at the age of 24 and 26 with a clear vision to shape the future of media delivery.
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Phase 2:
Product development and building up the network

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Within the first business year, Chris and Alex focused on developing their products and pitching to potential clients – successfully: In 2018, StriveCast could already win several DAX-30 companies as customers. In addition, StriveCast grew a solid partner network in Europe, working together with big players like Swissom, NEP Group, and Qvest Media.

Phase 3:
The enterprise video boom

The beginning of 2020 marked a point of inflection for the whole world. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we live, work and communicate. Nearly all of a sudden, everything had to be done remotely and therefore digitally. This new way of working caused the enterprise video industry to experience a significant boom.
In fact we could barely keep track of all the new partnerships and projects that came in one after the other in this period. Relevant enterprise video platforms like Microsoft Teams, Kaltura, WTV and movingimage recognized the need for an eCDN partner and integrated StriveCast within their products.
, The StriveCast Founder’s Story
, The StriveCast Founder’s Story

With the help of StriveCast’s eCDN solution, many companies could maintain their communication culture and easily switched to live streaming their town hall meetings, yearly kick-offs, and events. We are proud to say that StriveCast contributed to help companies like Henkel, BioNTech, BMW, and Hyundai to empower their digital collaboration and maintain communication on a personal level.

Started as a duo and with a vision in mind, StriveCast is now a relevant player in the eCDN market and a team of 13 people – a growth rate of 650% –, fully motivated to grow and develop StriveCast even more.

To be continued…

About StriveCast

StriveCast is a leading technology provider for eCDN solutions. Our WebRTC-based P2P mesh network is used by large companies like Swisscom, Siemens, Gazprom, and NEP group to solve the problem of network congestion during live events. Based in Germany, we are constantly improving and adapting our cutting-edge P2P technology in order to provide the next generation of enterprise video delivery. Today, StriveCast connects over 150,000 users worldwide on a daily basis, saving customers up to 95% of CDN traffic with a unique server-side-managed Peer-To-Peer network.

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