Boxee CEO: The Trouble with Hulu
Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2009/11/19/Paley_Center_IC2009_-_Hunt_for_the_Next_Big_Thing Boxee CEO Avner Ronen discusses his company's much-publicized disagreement with web video site Hulu. "We hope to bring Hulu back as a partner one of these days," he explains, arguing "we still need to resolve that concern that media companies have with regard to disrupting their channels." ----- The Paley Center for Media's International Council 2009 NYC brought together the industry's top innovators from across the globe for the most talked about media event of 2009. This session highlights a handful of up-and-coming digital media companies vying to become the Twitter, Facebook, or MySpace of 2010. The conversation features Avner Ronen (CEO, Boxee), Tony Haile (General Manager, Chartbeat), Doug Knopper (Co-founder and Co-CEO, FreeWheel), Justin Shaffer (Founder and CEO, Hot Potato), Mike Dougherty (CEO and Co-founder, Jelli), Peter Rojas (Co-Founder, gdgt.com), and Andrew Lacy (Co-founder and COO, Tapulous). Quincy Smith (CEO, CBS Interactive) moderates. Avner Ronen is CEO of Boxee. Before starting Boxee, Mr. Ronen was the Head of Corporate Development and M&A for Comverse, Inc. a leading provider of software and service to Telecom service providers. Mr. Ronen was responsible for acquisitions valued at $450M, which were key to the company's evolution from a Voicemail company to a Billing and VAS provider. Mr. Ronen joined Comverse in 2002 when they acquired Odigo, a company he co-founded in 1998. Odigo was one of the early Instant Messaging services on the web serving over 8M users worldwide.