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KickApps Corporation
Type Private
Founded 2005
Headquarters 29 W 38th Street, 5th Floor, New York, NY, 10018, U.S.A.
Key people Alex Blum, CEO
Eric Alterman, Chairman
Industry Internet, Computer software

KickApps is a hosted platform for creating social networks and adding social software features, video players[1] and widgets[2] to websites. More than 50,000 sites use KickApps, including major media companies (e.g. ABC Family, The BBC, The CW, and Scripps Networks) and a wide variety of niche websites.[3]



KickApps is a hosted platform (SaaS) that provides a range of social media applications to website developers and publishers that accelerate deployment of more sophisticated and costly applications such as social networking, user-generated content, media management and sharing, profiles, programmable video players, webcam applications and widgets.

A SaaS platform allows websites to deploy a wide range of user experiences in a variety of ways: REST and SOAP APIs, feeds, programmable widgets and video players, customizable templates and single-sign services.

  • Members select a username and password (or use their existing site ID) to join your social network
  • Members can upload videos, photos, and audio
  • Member profiles contain standard social networking features, including: blogs (video, audio, and plain text), RSS feeds, guest books, friends, multi-media message boards, widgets and groups
  • Includes online media management, member management, reporting and advertising administration

KickApps is often compared with Brightcove[4], Flux[5] and Ning.[6].

Founder and Chairman, Eric Alterman, was also founder of MeshNetworks (acquired by Motorola), Military Commercial Technologies, TeraNex, SkyCross, Jed Broadcasting, Quadfore, Centerpoint and Triton Network Systems

Venture Funding

  • $7 million Series A round from Spark Capital and also included Prism VentureWorks and Jarl Mohn
  • $11 million Series B round from SoftBank Capital and a group of previous investors[7]
  • $14 million Series C round from North Atlantic Capital and all previous investors. [8]


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