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Some big investors are betting that our appetite for online video will be worth a pretty penny. They’ve ponied up $58 million to launch a video service called Vessel, for which fans will pay $3 a month to get first looks at exciting short videos. Vessel will show the same stuff that will eventually appear on YouTube or other short video sites, but three days sooner.More →

If you’ve ever carried a tub of Ping-Pong balls near some sort of slope or ledge, then you’ve felt it: an overwhelming urge to dump the balls out and watch how they bounce.

Well, HubSpot decided to give in to that urge, and in a spectacular manner. Fresh off its first-quarter earnings call yesterday — in which the company reported revenue of $38.2 million, a 58 percent uptick from last year — HubSpot dumped 15,000 Ping-Pong balls off of a fourth-floor balcony in its building to celebrate its 15,000th customer.

Poor, poor custodians.More →

Don’t fear the pivot, says Pixability chief executive Bettina Hein.

When she started the company in 2008, in the thick of the recession, the mission was to help small businesses make marketing videos cheaply. Pixability would even mail out a Flip video camera — remember those? — that business owners could shoot with. Pixability would edit the footage, adding logos, titles, and a soundtrack.More →