2007, New York City and San Francisco
Howcast Media, Inc. – www.howcast.com
Founded by veterans of Google and YouTube (Jason Liebman, Daniel Blackman, Sanjay Raman), Howcast shows consumers engaging, useful how-to videos and guides wherever, whenever they need to learn how.
Howcast brings together the personality of user-generated content with the quality of a professional video studio to create engaging, informative, and free how-to videos for consumers. It also offers emerging filmmakers an opportunity to gain experience, exposure, and income.
With high-quality, compelling video content and a growing audience of consumers, Howcast provides a wealth of innovative opportunities for advertisers, distributors, and publishers.
Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger co-founders in 2001, San Francisco CA
Wikipedia is a free, open content online encyclopedia created through the collaborative effort of a community of users who have contributed to its content. Anyone registered on the site can create an article for publication; registration is not required to edit articles. It is a wiki, a software program that enables anyone to edit Web site content through their Web browser.
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Founded 2004 by Jimmy Wales and Angela Beesley, Headquarters San Mateo, CA
Wikia supports the creation and development of wiki communities on any topic. It supports over 6000 communities in more than 70 languages. You can join an existing communities or start a new one. Every person can edit content on Wikia.