How two students founded the leading German eCDN provider
Research, research, research
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.
First foot on the ground – Pilot project and company foundation
Product development and building up the network
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 Swisscom, NEP Group, and Qvest Media.
The enterprise video boom
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…