Welcome back to Baby Breakerdom! This week's quest to find budding Rule Breakers reveals a plan to bring ads to your home movies and venture capitalists that are shopping overseas.
First up this week is Revver, a company that allows budding filmmakers to earn a few extra bucks from their work. The idea, according to the company's website, is to use a technology called a RevTag to track the content wherever it goes online. Furthermore, Revver allows ads to be embedded with the films. Revenue generated from ad clicks is shared between Revver and creators, according to VentureWire.
The technology and business model has parallels to well-funded community sites and other personal commerce ventures. Take eBay (Nasdaq: EBAY ) , for example. That could be why the company's recently completed Series A funding drew the attention of the early investors in Skype, which earned a $4.1 billion payday in an acquisition deal with eBay. VentureWire reports that the list includes Bessemer Venture Partners and Draper Fisher Jurvetson. That pedigree could draw the attention of potential big-name suitors if the idea takes off; Google (Nasdaq: GOOG ) and Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT ) and their considerable war chests come to mind.
Such a deal could be years away, of course. Or it could be around the corner. The business model, after all, sows new ground in an area that interests every member of the Web commerce cartel: monetizing content. If the Revver model works as well as hoped, there could be plenty of other winners. Take TiVo (Nasdaq: TIVO ) , for example. No one really knows if TiVo-hosted ads will work. Revver may provide the guidance the struggling DVR pioneer needs. Even if it doesn't, the site still hosts one of my all-time-favorite parodies.
Next, let's cast our eyes toward Asia. According to a survey from InnovAsia, roughly 15% of respondents had received VC funding in their start-up stages, in some cases taking money on the contingency that they'd create a new company.
Approximately 75% of the participants were companies in China, while 20% were entrepreneurs in India. The survey, sponsored by French business school INSEAD, examined 80 start-ups based in Singapore, Taiwan, and Hong Kong, as well as China and India.
None of this ought to come as a huge surprise, of course. It confirms what we already know: There's a lot of innovation occurring outside of the U.S. Maybe that has some relation to two of our biggest winners in the Rule Breakers portfolio: international firms Steiner Leisure (Nasdaq: STNR ) and NetEase (Nasdaq: NTES ) .
Sadly, there were no Baby Breaker public offerings this week, which means it's time to say goodbye for now. See you back here next Friday, when we continue the quest for the next ultimate growth stock.
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Fool contributor Tim Beyers has GOT to get himself an iPod Flea. Tim didn't own shares in any of the companies mentioned in this story at the time of publication. You can find out what is in his portfolio by checking Tim's Fool profile. eBay and TiVo are Motley Fool Stock Advisorpicks. The Motley Fool has an ironclad disclosure policy.