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Panopto Inc.
IndustryComputer software, blended learning, lecture recording
  • William Guttman
  • William Scherlis
  • Brad Winney
  • Eric Burns
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Panopto is a software company that provides lecture recording, screencasting, video streaming, and video content management software, which is often used in E-learning environments.[1] The company was founded as a spinout of Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in 2007 by two of its professors--William Guttman (current Executive Chairman) and William Scherlis--in addition to current Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Eric Burns and serial entrepreneur Brad Winney [2] The company is best known as a provider of online lecture technology.

The Founders

William L. Guttman is currently a partner with TL Ventures[3] and Special Adviser to the Provost of Carnegie Mellon University.[4] Guttman co-founded Carnegie Mellon's CyLab and has built several other companies (such as NASDAQ-listed Printcafe, now a division of Electronics for Imaging)[5] Eric Burns, also still with the company, was the co-inventor of the SlideCentric and CourseCast software at CMU that led to the founding of the company. Brad Winney who ran ClariFI (in which William Guttman was an early investor) raised the initial round of capital, recruited the initial core team and functioned as the company's CEO until 2010. Winney is currently the President and General Manager of HappyOrNot Americas and the co-founder of, an environmental technology, non-profit network.[6]

Company history

According to Burns, the idea for the company came to the founders in 2002 as the cost of storing video images on computer became cheaper than storing the same footage on videotape.[7] Winney, as the founding CEO, and Guttman formally incorporated the company in 2007. Winney spearheaded the 'Socrates Project' whereby the company provided the software for free but charged for support. The company quickly signed up over 400 major universities (largely in the U.S.) allowing it to compete effectively with larger and better capitalized companies such as Echo 360 and Sonic Foundry. Panopto software has, since that point, offered the recording of university lectures and business presentations, the streaming of live events, the managing of video libraries, the capability of video search, and other knowledge management services.[8]

By 2008 over 100,000 lectures had been viewed via Panopto lecture capturing technology.[9] In 2009 the company announced that it had partnered with Moodle's open source project to provide its lecture capturing software to over twenty million users worldwide.[10] In 2010 Macmillan Publishers announced a partnership with Panopto to produce a software called Panopto Fusion, which allowed individual professors to utilize lecture capture software if their institutions had not yet partnered with the company.[11] In 2011, Pearson Education announced it would sell Panopto products to its customer base,.[12] In addition to its lecture capturing software Focus,[13] the company also offers tools that allow videos to be searched, viewed, and edited on the Internet.[7]

In early 2011 Panopto raised $4 million from a consortium of 17 investors.[2] By the end of the year, it had signed licensing agreements with 400 separate universities globally.[14] In 2012 the company released an iOS app version of its software allowing students to utilize its media software on iPhones and iPads to record media and submit the recordings as assignments.[15] An additional product capability called Unison was released in 2011 that allowed the uploading of existing video into Panopto's media library.[16] The software is also compatible with IMS Global Learning Consortium cross-platform incorporation tools, specifically with the university standard software integration program Learning Tools Interoperability.[15] According to Professor Michael Weston of the University of Houston-Victoria, Panopto was helpful in cases when it came to athletes or other students that were required to miss classes in order to take care of other responsibilities. Meanwhile, other professors have integrated the software directly into their courses in a process of blended learning.[17]

In 2015 Eric Burns became the company's CEO, as previous CEO William Guttman became the Executive Chairman of the company. Burns had served as Chief Product Officer since the company's founding.[18] Burns had led the Seattle office of Panopto, which eventually overtook the Pittsburgh headquarters of the firm as the company's main centre of business.[19] The company had about 500 institutional clients at this point, including universities that outfit each classroom with Panopto technology.[20]

In August 2016, Panopto raised $42.8 million in new funding led by Sterling Partners.[21] In February 2017, Panopto expanded Seattle HQ with room for 100 employees after it set records for active users, revenue, and renewals in 2016.[22]

Current Software

As of 2012, Panopto offered two units of software--Focus and Unison. Focus is software that records and live-streams presentations, lectures, demos, and so forth, and then stores them in the Panopto video content management system (CMS).[23] Unison is software that imports existing videos into the Panopto video CMS.[24] Both come with the web-based content management system, a web-based media editor, the ability to search within videos, and developer APIs for integrating Panopto with existing content- and learning-management systems.[23][24]

In 2015 Panopto upgraded its software to allow video capture and embedding in Salesforce.[25] It has also done research and development into video web search, including mass video search for university video libraries.[26]


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  17. ^ "New software at UHV helps students connect to professor lectures". Victoria Advocate. February 12, 2011. Retrieved 2012.
  18. ^ Blair Hanley Frank (February 24, 2015). "Tech Moves: Trulia's Chief Economist Departs; eBay names new Seattle GM; etc". Geek Wire. Retrieved 2015.
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  20. ^ Gillian Shaw (April 2, 2015). "Business school uses technology to polish student presentation skills". Vancouver Sun. Retrieved 2015.
  21. ^ Cooper, Laura (2016-08-24). "Sterling Partners Leads $42.8 Million Growth Funding for Panopto". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved .
  22. ^ "Enterprise video platform Panopto plans to expand Seattle HQ with room for 100 employees". GeekWire. 2017-02-22. Retrieved .
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  24. ^ a b Healthcare IT News Staff (September 9, 2011). "Vendor Notebook: athenahealth launches real-time physician performance dashboard". Healthcare IT News. Retrieved 2012.
  25. ^ David Roe (May 15, 2015). "Video In Salesforce? Panopto Can Do That". CMS Wire. Retrieved 2015.
  26. ^ Eric Krapf (June 16, 2014). "How Close is Video Search?". No Jitter. Retrieved 2015.

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