A New York startup called CheckOutTheLatest lets you do just that. The video aggregation and search startup populates over 250 million videos from the top video sites like Youtube, Vimeo and Dailymotion to give you access to one site that can find just about any video on the planet, that you may be looking for.
“The idea came to us a year ago while on twitter. People were always tweeting @ us hoping to get us to “Check out” their latest Youtube videos or go watch their vimeo vids.” co-founder Deni Belanich tells us about how they came up with the idea for a super video search engine.
We got a chance to interview Belanich, check out the interview below.
What is CheckOutTheLatest?
CheckOutTheLatest is a website which brings people the latest in what’s happening in the world of online video. The site allows it’s users to search Youtube,Vimeo, and dailymotion and is also updated hourly with the most popular videos on the web. All users also have the opportunity to promote any video on the homepage of the site with a single click using the unique Repost button.
With over 60 hours of video uploaded every single minute to Youtube alone, it’s tough for many content creators to really make a splash on the web. CheckOutTheLatest gives content creators the power to make some noise and stand out in this huge sea of online video that is literally growing every second.
In layman’s terms, how does it work? (In other words how would you explain it to your grandmother)
It’s very simple. Users can search, watch, and share over 250 million videos from Youtube, Vimeo, and Dailymotion.Video creators also have the ability to share their content with a single click using the site’s Repost button.
Who are the founders and what are their backgrounds?
Co-Founder and Developer of CheckOutTheLatest.com Masters in Finance Experienced Business Analyst Never lost a game of Monopoly
Co-Founder and Developer of CheckOutTheLatest.com Designed CheckOutTheLatest.com Ranked #1 graphic designer on the east coast Will Castro stole his fonts for a website
Where are you based?
What’s the startup scene/culture like where you’re based?
The startup culture in New York is definitely one that’s progressing. Vimeo and FourSquare are two examples of successful ventures that have started in the concrete jungle of New York. We are trying to break through as well. If you can make it here you can make it anywhere.
How did you come up with the idea for CheckOutTheLatest?
The idea came to us a year ago while on twitter. People were always tweeting @ us hoping to get us to “Check out” their latest Youtube videos or go watch their vimeo vids.
How did you come up with the name?
The name came to us from hearing other people say “check out my latest video or check out my latest mix tape” Check out the latest is so commonly used by people every day. The name is a perfect fit for our site, where users can promote their videos and where visitors of the site can “check out the latest”
What problem does CheckOutTheLatest solve?
Content creators upload over 1.3 million videos everyday. With so many videos being uploaded daily its easy to get lost in the fray.
Video creators want to share their content with as many people as possible but almost all are limited to their social circle of contacts. After their video is shared with their friends on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and other social networks it’s up to users who don’t know the vid creator to find their content and hopefully share it with more people.
Here’s how we help:
CheckOutTheLatest gives video creators a way to share videos with an unlimited audience that is unique to them. Instead of video creators being confined to sharing their videos with just their social circle of friends, they can now share their content at any time to a brand new audience with a single click.
Every time the Repost button is clicked below a video, it is posted to the homepage. As more videos are reposted, videos move down a list in order of repost (similar to a tweet using a trending topic on Twitter) Any video can be reposted and move back to the top of the list at any time. Users love the instant gratification this gives them and the extra exposure they are getting.
What’s your secret sauce?
Our secret sauce is being developed right now. We will be incorporating Facebook in a very unique way. Make sure to check back in the weeks to come.
Are you bootstrapped or funded?
Bootstrapped but looking for funding
What are some milestones you’ve achieved?
Reaching 1 million unique monthly hits
Conferencing with the Youtube development team and receiving positive feedback
Over 36 minutes spent on site per visit
Have gone from 4 pg views per user per visit to 31
Over 90% of users who come to CheckOutTheLatest.com stay and browse up to 28 pages per visit
Achieving a website rank of 46k in the US
What’s your next milestone?
Create a members section
Reach over 1 million members
Create an app
Who are some of your mentors and business role models?
Steve JobsVince McMahonTony RobbinsNapoleon HillSylvester StalloneWill Smith
What’s next for CheckOutTheLatest?
Adding a Facebook feature that will allow more users to stay up to date with their favorite content creators.
Where can people find out more