Stokols had been working on new web based video technologies and used it to launch Woo Media’s first property, Woo Previously, Stokols served as the Vice President of new revenue opportunities at BT Group where he was responsible for evaluating applications of browser-based voice and video technologies.
Woo Media was an online chat and video social network which offered a variety of interactive sites that provided live social entertainment through a computer or mobile device.
The company raised million in venture capital from several investors including Index Ventures, Atomico (founded by Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis), Mangrove Capital Partners, and Klaus Hommels.
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The Woo Media network had over 10 million active users with an average of 20 thousand registrants per day at the time of the sale to Zoosk.
Woo Me was an Adobe Flash based online dating platform, which enabled users to meet in live interactive video sessions via webcam.
Users could watch live online video posted by users who have authorized access to their Woo Me profile, share favorite videos with friends through social networks and interact with other user profiles by rating and commenting on user videos. TV amassed over 20 million total video views and 500,000 pieces of unique content before it was sold to Zoosk.
Shuffle People was a random interactive video introductions site that, like Chat Roulette and Omegle, enabled people from around the world to meet.
Woo Me offers a freemium model that is free to register and browse profiles.
Within this model, the product serves ads and offers a subscription service with premium features including reading messages, viewing interested profiles, sending gifts, the ability to tag Woo Me profiles, to browse and search profiles by filtering attributes including location and age, and to share profiles with friends on Facebook.
Monster Chat was a group video chat room site that enabled friends to video chat with up to 16 people simultaneously.