Anthony Rose

Industry Fellow: Anthony Rose

It’s incredible that not so long ago it was a battle to persuade anyone that streaming would work, the internet wouldn’t fall over, and it wasn’t just cats on skateboards. That revolution required collaboration between content creators, hardware and software vendors, ISPs and more. I’m proud to have played a small part in that revolution, and honoured to be an SVTA fellow.

About Anthony

From Wikipedia: Anthony Rose is a serial tech entrepreneur whose career has spanned across many sectors including the advent of 3D graphics, P2P music, video streaming, social TV, social platforms, and most recently, legal technology. Rose is best known for his work managing the launch of BBC iPlayer, for which Wired UK named him “the man who saved the BBC”. Anthony lead the team as CTO from 2007 until 2010, taking the BBC iPlayer from pre-launch to success, eventually ending up leading most of the BBC’s online proposition and managing a team of 250 people. Since leaving the BBC Anthony has founded 5 companies. He sold Beamly to COTY in 2015, and 6Tribes to the TopGear team in 2016, both for an undisclosed amount. He is the co-founder and investor in QJAM, which is due to launch soon and he is co-founder of Hey Blab which is still in development. Anthony is currently working as co-founder and CEO of SeedLegals, the world’s first legal automation platform for startup funding that closed their own $4 million Series A funding round in May 2019 led by Index Ventures. SeedLegals is now the largest closer of funding rounds in the UK, and is forecast to process 20% of all UK funding rounds by the end of 2019.

Industry Accomplishments

Anthony was the co-founder of the BBC iPlayer. He has a long career in the broadcast and streaming space, evidenced by 14 technical patents across a broad range of broadcast television and streaming technologies. The BBC iPlayer has long been touted as a watershed moment for the broadcaster turned digital streaming operator. Rose was instrumental in building the player which redefined the BBC. The iPlayer continues to be a powerful example in the streaming industry.