Fantag Teams With Telestream To Deliver Game-Changing Video Experience For Pro Soccer Fans

LAS VEGAS, NV --  NAB Show --  April 25, 2017 --  Fantag, a pioneer in mobile video technology, announced today that it is teaming with Telestream to deliver a new and innovative video experience for sports fans in the U.S. The joint technology solution will integrate Fantag’s patent-approved platform with Wirecast, Telestream’s industry-leading live production and streaming software. Together, the solution enables fans to instantly capture, replay, and share their favorite moments from multiple angles with a simple tap on their mobile phones. The platform will be piloted through a collaboration being mutually explored with Sacramento Republic FC, one of the most successful professional soccer organizations in the Division 2 United Soccer League.

This partnership with Telestream -- the first for Fantag since its company launch three months ago in Sacramento -- will be the first in a series of implementations to jointly deliver the fantag experience at pro and high school games.  The two companies made the announcement today in Las Vegas at the NAB Show, a major annual event for the media industry hosted by the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB).

“We’re excited to be working with industry leader such as Telestream, and to be supported by a fellow Sacramento homegrown organization such as Republic FC to deliver our technology to the best fans in the world,” said Fantag CEO Brian Dombrowski. “We both understand the modern day sports fan, and we are committed to enhance the fan’s experience at live events through customized instant video.”

“Fantag is an exciting new technology that will provide a more comprehensive sports enthusiast experience.  It’s easy to envision the tremendous world wide appeal for the Fantag technology and Telestream is pleased to be a partner,” said Scott Murray, VP of Corporate Marketing and Desktop Products from Telestream.

“As an organization and brand rooted in Sacramento, we are honored to support Fantag’s efforts to build a cutting edge technology that enhances our fans’ experience,” said Republic FC Co-founder and President Warren Smith. “The collaborative, yet competitive spirit of our business community, gives rise to opportunities such as this in which we can support another homegrown company in its efforts to develop products that will ultimately lead to jobs and investments in our region. The technology is literally a ‘game-changer’, and we are ready to bring it to our matches.”

The Fantag-Telestream solution will pilot at Republic FC games later this season.  For more information about the product launch and future initiatives, contact partners@fantag.live.

 

About Us

Fantag, a pioneer in mobile video technology, enables producers and spectators of live events to capture and share their favorite moments with the simple touch of the screen. With a patent-approved platform that synchronizes mobile phones with camera feeds, Fantag is poised to engage a number of large markets -- beginning with youth, high school, collegiate, and professional sports -- where fans everywhere are looking to relive the moments that matter most to them.

With offices in Silicon Valley and Sacramento, Fantag’s advisers and investors comprise leaders at sports and events organizations such as StubHub; former executives from Apple, NBC and Telestream; members of the ownership group of the NBA's Sacramento Kings; and Moneta Ventures, a fund focused on early-stage companies. For more information, please visit http://www.fantag.live.

Fantag Taps Former Apple Exec To Help Transform The Sports Video Market

Fantag investor John Stone joins Sacramento-based tech company as COO

SACRAMENTO, CA -- March 15, 2017 -- Fantag, a pioneer in mobile video technology, announced today that it has hired John Stone as its chief operating officer (COO). Among his many posts in the technology world, John served as a vice president at Apple, reporting directly to then-COO Tim Cook (now CEO of Apple), after the company acquired PowerSchool, a startup John co-founded in 1999 and which today serves 100 million users in 70 countries.  

At Fantag, John will help operationalize the company’s business development activity and position Fantag for future strategic partnerships.

“John’s distinguished track record in growing early-stage companies, and his knowledge of the sports ecosystem, makes him an ideal teammate at Fantag,” said Brian Dombrowski, founder and CEO at Fantag. “Also, as one of our early investors, John understands our history and vision to join us and make immediate impact.”

Transforming the multi-billion dollar sports video market

Fantag’s mobile video platform -- currently in beta and going live later this year -- enables spectators at live events to capture and share their favorite moments with the simple tap on their phone, and without having to actually record the video themselves. The company, which formally launched in Sacramento in early 2017, has identified the multi-billion dollar sports video market as its first vertical, and has already attracted major industry partners and investors in youth, high school, and professional sports.

John brings a wealth of knowledge and connections to leaders in the sports industry. While at Bain & Company, he consulted Nike and the NFL regarding their internet strategies.  More recently, he advised the NBA’s Sacramento Kings on their opportunity to redesign the live sports and entertainment experience in the team’s new home at Golden 1 Center, a state-of-the-art sports and entertainment facility. John also serves as the board chair of the Sacramento chapter of the Positive Coaching Alliance, a national non-profit organization serving youth and high school sports.

Exponentially augmenting the ROI on video

“We are entering a new frontier of video consumption with radical transformation as to how media is being created, experienced, and shared”, said John. “Fantag has both the team and technology to help industry leaders rethink the live experience for their fans and followers. Very simply, Fantag shortens the distance between video consumers and video creators.  In the process, we create new ways for event producers, sports organizations, and media companies to get an exponential return on their investment in video.”

Following his tenure at Apple, John became an early investor in technology companies including Data Domain (acquired by EMC), Silver Springs Network (NYSE: SSNI), DataScaler (acquired by Oracle), Dotspotter (acquired by CBS) and Bloom Energy (recent IPO filing).  More recently, he expanded his investment reach into top retail brand companies such as Stance and Ember. Soon after an introduction to Fantag’s founder Brian Dombrowski, John mobilized an early round of seed funding for the company. With his new role, he’s now ready to contribute at a greater level of impact for the company’s next stage of growth and maturation.

“John is joining the Fantag leadership team at the best possible time,” said Cheryl Beninga, board member and chief financial officer for Fantag and a former venture capitalist at Intel Capital. ”The door is opening for partnerships and strategic investments, and John brings the right mix of strategy and executional expertise to help us manage the growth.”

About Us

Fantag, a pioneer in mobile video technology, enables producers and spectators of live events to capture and share their favorite moments with the simple touch of the screen. With a patent-approved platform that synchronizes mobile phones with camera feeds,  Fantag is poised to engage a number of large markets -- beginning with youth, high school, collegiate, and professional sports -- where fans everywhere are looking to relive the moments that matter most to them.

With offices in Silicon Valley and Sacramento, Fantag’s advisers and investors comprise leaders at sports and events organizations such as StubHub;  former executives from NBC  and Telestream;  members of the ownership group of the NBA's Sacramento Kings; and Moneta Ventures, a fund focused on early-stage companies. For more information, please visit http://www.fantag.live.

 

We’re Live!

That's me working with Brian Dombrowski in the early days

That's me working with Brian Dombrowski in the early days

I’m super excited to announce that we’ve officially launched fantag.live!

Fan-what now?

For those that don’t know, I’ve been working on a startup for the last 5 years with my co-founder Brian Dombrowski and this last fall we re-branded as fantag and had our official launch yesterday up in Sacramento.

So, what is fantag?

Fantag is a pioneer in mobile video based in Silicon Valley and Sacramento. The Fantag platform enables producers and spectators at live events to capture, relive, and share their favorite moments with the simple touch of the screen.

As the technical C0-Founder, and the sole software engineer on the project since the beginning, its been my responsibility to implement the software that makes this thing run. I’ve had to write and re-write the backend and frontend and all the pieces in between as we’ve struggled mightily to find the right mix of product and features that would really grab people’s attention and allow this thing to take off. I think we’ve finally done it, and with our new team and some really good momentum behind us, we’re finally ready to make a real go of this.

This has been a looooong time coming and we couldn’t have done it without the love and support of all our family and friends (and a few investors 😉). I love you guys.

And hey, look, we even got some awesome media coverage!

Forbes! What the what!?

Needless to say, I’m blown away. I can’t wait to see where this goes next!

New Video Tech Startup Fantag Aims To Transform Live Experience

Video engagement platform launches with investors and advisors from MaxPreps, StubHub, and members of the ownership group of the NBA's Sacramento Kings

 

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- January 18, 2017 -- A new technology company, Fantag, officially launched today with the mission of reimagining the way live events are experienced in the age of mobile technology.  Fantag’s pioneering video engagement platform -- currently in beta and going live later this year -- enables spectators of live events to capture and share their favorite moments with the simple touch of the phone screen. 

Among the company’s investors and advisers are executives at StubHub, MaxPreps (a high school sports-focused media company owned and operated by CBS Interactive), Moneta Ventures, and members of the ownership group at the NBA’s Sacramento Kings, whose new home at Golden 1 Center sits directly across the street from Fantag’s new offices at I/O Labs. 

“Video technology in the mobile era continues to change the way we experience life, work, and everything in between,” said Brian Dombrowksi, founder of Fantag. “And with the players who have joined with us, throughout the region, we have an opportunity to change how moments from live events are relived and experienced. We’re just getting started, and have already witnessed great support for our company.” 

Fantag has set up dual headquarters in Silicon Valley and Sacramento, which will enable the company to tap an emerging ecosystem of talent, partners, and investors that’s helping to create a greater regional hub in Northern California. The company unveiled its vision for growth in the region at its formal launch today in downtown Sacramento, where it met with local sports, business, and civic leaders.

Sacramento’s recent rise as a tech hub has generated excitement among leaders throughout the region. A growing pool of technology and business talent -- along with an emerging investor community -- has demonstrated the special opportunities that the region can foster. 

“We continue to support tech companies who want to grow and expand in Sacramento,” said Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg. “The Sacramento region is the perfect location for a startup like Fantag to test, develop, and scale access to its platform.  Our ecosystem will embrace it.”          

The Greater Sacramento Economic Council played a key role in Fantag considering the Greater Sacramento region. 

“We showed Fantag the benefits of our region by giving them access to the innovation and talent Sacramento has to offer,” said Greater Sacramento Economic Council CEO Barry Broome. “We’re thrilled to see yet another tech company moving to our region while still having access to Silicon Valley. Together, the two areas are emerging as a mega-region, and companies like Fantag are learning to leverage it.”

Another key factor in Fantag’s decision to think regionally is the growing community of sports organizations and investors throughout the entire area that have already taken interest in the company’s technology. To date, Fantag has raised $1.5 million in seed capital from investors, many who have a strategic outlook on the future of the greater Silicon Valley and Sacramento region.

“The time is right for investments in companies like Fantag,” said Lokesh Sikaria, managing partner of Moneta Ventures, a Folsom-based investor in early-stage companies. “We’re betting on the long-term evolution happening here which will enhance the lives of many in the greater Sacramento region.”

 

About Fantag

Fantag, a pioneer in mobile video technology, enables producers and spectators of live events to capture and share their favorite moments with the simple touch of the screen. With a patent-pending platform that synchronizes mobile phones with camera feeds, Fantag is poised to engage a number of large markets -- beginning with youth, high school, collegiate, and professional sports -- where fans everywhere are looking to relive the moments that matter most to them.

With offices in Silicon Valley and Sacramento, Fantag’s advisers and investors comprise leaders in the sports ecosystem including executives at CBS Interactive and StubHub; members of the ownership group of the NBA's Sacramento Kings; and Moneta Ventures, a fund focused on early-stage companies. For more information, please visit www.fantag.live.