Written by Robert Leitch.
Brian and Laura Duerring have a church pastor’s busy schedule to thank for their startup idea.
“Our pastor was late to a meeting with us because he had been sharing his recorded sermons with people in a local nursing home,” said Brian. “We thought maybe we could create a solution that would save him a little time and allow people to watch services they couldn’t attend.”
The result was StreamSpot located in Cincinnati, Ohio, an automated live streaming video system that transmits church services to any web-connected device around the world. Churches using StreamSpot have access to MyStreamSpot, the central hub of the system where they can set a livestream schedule, name their services, control who can watch them and how often they would like recorded services to repeat. The end product is an embeddable player on a church’s website that can be watched on any device and all platforms.
“The automation is what sets our company apart,” said Brian. “Since church services are on set schedules, they can pre-plan when their recordings start and stop without any additional effort required.”
“Our customers don’t look alike,” he said. “We work with the full scale of churches and synagogues, from those who have their own full broadcast studios to those who serve very small communities.”
Since developing their idea for one church in 2010, StreamSpot has expanded to over 40 states and several countries around the world. The company closed its seed round of funding in late March, which it plans to use to bring on a lead developer and marketing executive in 2015. This funding effort was co-led by CincyTech, the southwest Ohio regional partner of Ohio Third Frontier, and Connetic Ventures, with additional support from OCEAN Capital.
StreamSpot is currently wrapping up a six month stay in Cincinnati’s OCEAN, the nation’s first faith-based accelerator program. The company is among the program’s inaugural class of 10 startups. OCEAN provided StreamSpot with mentorship and weekly classes that relate Bible verses to running your own company. The company will participate in OCEAN’s first Demo Day on April 29, where they will present their idea to potential investors.
“Brian and I looked at accelerators across the country, but OCEAN was the perfect fit for us, given our customer base and background,” said Laura.
Both Brian and Laura were born and raised in Cincinnati and are committed to keeping their company in the city.
“There’s something very special going on in Cincinnati,” said Brian. “The city is really considered an up-and-coming hub for startups. “
“It’s quite staggering how many people are willing to move here to work for us,” said Laura.