Denim on Denim – Wordless Wednesday

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That moment you walk into work and realize several co-workers are wearing the same outfit as you. But the question remains … who wore it best?!


Summer Onboarding – Wordless Wednesday

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Introducing our summer interns Rexie (L) and Zofia (R). Welcome to YesVideo ladies, we’re fortunate to have found such hardworking individuals to join our team!

Do you remember your first internship? Tell us about in the comments section below.


Norcross Reps – Wordless Wednesday

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A few members of our amazing team of customer service reps at

our Norcross, GA facility.

This week we are featuring a photo from Simple Sojourns. Spring has finally sprung!

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Pancakes Over Meetings – Wordless Wednesday

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Once in a while, morning pancakes win over morning meetings. #CTO

This week we are featuring a photo from A Cowboy’s Life.  How are you making memories this Fall?

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A Smiling Beginning into Early Retirement – Wordless Wednesday

WW_Betty_NaberBetty has been the lead film splicer at YesVideo for over 10 years, and is making the switch from caring for film to caring for her

grandkids (lucky kids, indeed). From our entire YesVideo family, Thank You so much for your dedicated hard work, and big Congratulations on achieving this wonderful milestone.

Happy Retirement, Betty! Best wishes on all your future endeavors.


Happy New Year! A Letter From Our CEO.

Dear YesVideo Customers,
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Happy Holidays! I hope that everyone has a safe and relaxing time with their family and friends.

I want to take this opportunity to send a sincere “Thank You” to all our customers, followers, and friends who have been able to enjoy a preserved memory that has passed through our doors.

2013 has been a year filled with so much growth and evolution that I have never been so excited about the future. We will continue to push forward with new ideas, improvements, and a focus to provide the best customer experience possible.

I thank each of you for your feedback, your engagement, and your business. It is your trust in confiding in us to handle your priceless memories that has led us to grow to the largest memory factory in the world.

YesVideo wishes you all a Happy New Year filled with happiness and good fortune. See you all in 2014!

Sincerely,

Michael Chang
CEO, YesVideo

Read all about it! YesVideo featured in Bloomberg BusinessWeek

We’re excited to announce that YesVideo was featured an article on Bloomberg BusinessWeek this past week. The article covers some behind-the-scenes activity on the spontaneous (and even memorable) events that occur around the facility, along with a YesVideo analysis through the mind of talented Brad Stone.

Read below for the complete article, or visit the BusinessWeek article directly at: http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-05-16/yesvideo-moves-home-movies-from-old-formats-to-the-cloud.

Photography for the Article
For a touch of imagery, there are also some captivating photos taken by Ike Edeani who managed to capture a special delicacy of the work that happens at YesVideo on a daily basis.

His visual story can be seen in the article, as well as in his personal blog: http://blog.ikedeani.com/post/50909670974/last-week-bloomberg-businessweek-sent-me-down-to.

But for every shoot, there are a few winners that don’t quite make the cut – which still deserve to be seen. These photos were included in the “outtakes” post – http://blog.ikedeani.com/post/51001961795/outtakes-from-last-weeks-shoot-for-bloomberg.

 

Enterprise Tech
Bloomberg Businessweek

Technology

YesVideo Moves Home Movies From Old Formats to the Cloud

By Brad Stone on May 16, 2013

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Photograph by Ike Edeani for Bloomberg Businessweek

Jennifer Brown is tearing up. She’s converting early-2000s camcorder footage into digital files, watching as a woman’s colleagues celebrate her promotion until the woman’s boyfriend appears out of nowhere, gets down on one knee, and proposes. When a group of passersby interrupts Brown quietly weeping at her computer screen, she gestures at the proposal by way of explanation. “She is totally surprised,” Brown says, “and now I’m all flustered.”

Illustration by Neasden Control Centre

Illustration by Neasden Control Centre

Brown is a digital media specialist on the operations floor at YesVideo, one of the most curious companies in Silicon Valley. There are plenty of digital transfer services that rescue the old home movies and fraying photographs an estimated 90 million U.S. families are keeping in their closets and basements, usually converting them to DVD. Some are mail-order services; many others are local operations for people who don’t trust FedEx (FDX) with their memories.

What’s different about YesVideo is its scale and technology: In the past decade it’s become the go-to company where Wal-Mart Stores (WMT), Costco (COST), and other retailers outsource customer conversion requests. (Prices vary according to media format; for example, YesVideo will convert two hours of VHS videotape or 125 feet of movie film for $20.) Now under new management, it’s planning to go well beyond the DVD and make all video available to customers at any time via their smartphones and tablets. “We think there are 1.5 billion units of old media in the U.S. alone sitting out there,” says Michael Chang, an entrepreneur who took over the company last year in a $5 million buyout of some of its original investors.

YesVideo was founded in 1999 by Sai Wai Fu, a Shanghai-born microchip designer who’d worked at Intel (INTC) and reasoned that families besides his must also have piles of home movies gathering dust in obsolete formats. The startup made slow progress over a decade, striking deals with retailers and opening footage-processing offices in Santa Clara, Calif., and Atlanta. In its early years, YesVideo raised $20 million from a group of investors including now-bankrupt Kodak and Polaroid. The operation has been profitable, but modestly so, and in 2012 Fu sold out to Chang and his partner, Andy Choi, who’d sold mobile-ad network Greystripe the year before to online marketing company ValueClick (VCLK). They have bigger plans. “Within the next five years everyone will have connected televisions, and our belief is that personal movies have to be the killer application,” Chang says. He wants YesVideo to become a kind of premium YouTube—a one-stop service for storing and sharing favorite videos.

In the past year, YesVideo’s new managers have rebuilt the company with an eye toward cloud services and exploiting the latest in online sharing technology. One of the first moves by Choi, who is now chief technology officer, was to use his personal credit card to open an account with Amazon.com’s (AMZN) cloud computing unit, Amazon Web Services. Customer video now resides on Amazon’s servers, and its content delivery network streams YesVideo to customers. It also says it will soon start using its Elastic Transcoder service to convert video to formats that are playable on any smartphone, tablet, or PC. “I imagine we are a midsize account at best,” Chang says, “but we’re growing quickly and Amazon has been giving us a lot of attention recently.”

Surrounded by chip companies and Web startups, YesVideo’s 25,000-square-foot Santa Clara production facility sticks out. It hums with the staccato rhythms of old movie projectors and slide carousels. There’s dedicated floor space for VHS, Betamax, 16mm, and Super 8 film, and even standard 8mm film, a format invented in the 1930s. One room is devoted to photo albums, with each page digitized using a high-resolution camera. In another, used to convert slides, YesVideo engineers have cut holes in the sides of a half-dozen vintage Kodak Carousel projectors and inserted Nikon (7731) D10 digital cameras to directly capture each slide. The company buys many of its retro players and replacement parts on EBay (EBAY). “You won’t be able to recreate this business in about three years” because there won’t be enough working equipment, says YesVideo engineer Rolf Breuer.

Movie Film Photograph by Ike Edeani for Bloomberg Businessweek

Photograph by Ike Edeani for Bloomberg Businessweek

Overhead video cameras monitor YesVideo’s operations floor, and batches of customer media are stored in gray trash cans, which are secured with locks and labeled in large letters: “Caution: Customer’s memories inside.” The company’s 300 employees are supposed to review each video to ensure a high-quality transfer and to prevent infractions of the user agreement, such as its ban on home pornography. Like the weeping Brown, employees sometimes find themselves drawn in further during the conversion process, when the videos play out in real time on their computer screens. They say they see many birthdays and weddings and a lot of bad dancing, but

some clips stand out. One employee recalls seeing an old 8mm black-and-white film of a safari that encountered a lion on the savanna. The movie ended abruptly, with the lion charging the group and the camera falling to the ground.

Over the next two years, Chang wants to expand YesVideo’s nascent operations in Japan and Britain. In February the company introduced an app that lets customers view their converted media on the iPhone, and it plans to release a similar app for the iPad this summer. Chang says YesVideo is developing premium services such as video editing software and a facial-recognition tool—to allow customers to quickly identify all their videos in which specific persons make an appearance. Another service coming this summer, called Snapshot, will let users print a photograph from individual frames.

“We think that once we’re able to access more of those 90 million households with old media in their closets, we can pivot the business from storage and add value on top of the video,” says Chang, who imagines charging $10 a month for the service and sharing that revenue with retailers. “Not to get too cheesy about it, but I think everybody here has the thought that what we are doing is pretty special. We are unlocking people’s memories.”

The bottom line: The go-to digital conversion company for major U.S. retailers wants to become a premium YouTube for users’ favorite videos.

 

(Go on)…Back to your owners, you go – Wordless Wednesday

Completed orders are stacked ceiling-high today. Their last stop at YesVideo, as they wait for their dedicated UPS truck to arrive for their trip back to their rightful owners.

This week we are featuring a photo from Erika Price Designs.


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YesVideo – In the Words of our Blog Ambassadors.

This past March, some of our Blog Ambassadors paid YesVideo a visit to meet the team and tour YesVideo’s headquarters in Santa Clara, CA.

After a day of fun to get to know one another, and a first-time-ever “Easter Egg Hunt YesVideo Tour”, the Ambassadors got to learn YesVideo from the ground-up. Before their farewell, we sat down for a little unscripted Q&A to reflect on their visit.

Thanks for the great memories, Bloggers!

Team YesVideo Norcross – race for the Cure

The YesVideo Norcross team of over 30-strong runners after completing their race at Susan G. Komen Cure for the Greater Atlanta this past weekend. Proudly uniting to raise awareness and fundraising the fight against breast cancer.

This week we are featuring a photo from Amy at The Breezy Mama.


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