About Us

VidCompare is the business decision maker's tool used to simplify the process of finding online video platform services for their business. Online video services are a strategic business decision today, helping businesses grow revenue, improve brand recognition, and distinguish themselves from their competition. Online video is used today by marketers, publishers, brand strategists, as well as internal teams for training, and product promotion.

VidCompare was built and is managed by two veterans of the comparison shopping and buying advice world, Kristopher Drey and Alex Polonsky. Together they spent over 11 years at CNET Networks where they developed, managed, and monetized some of the network's highest profile sites including Shopper.com, Download.com, CNET Internet Services, CNET Web Host List, CNET Cell Phones, and mySimon.com.

Read the interview between founder Kris Drey and OVP expert, Larry Kless where they discuss why the need for VidCompare, and what it means to the industry. Q&A with Founder Kris Drey.

Kristopher Drey, Founder

Kris has been in the online video space for the past 3 years with Fliqz, Inc. as Vice President of product and marketing. At Fliqz Kris has watched the online video platform space become increasingly crowded and complex and realized the need for a service such as VidCompare that would bring clarity and guidance to business decision makers looking for video services. Kris tapped into his 6 years of building and managing comparison engines at CNET Networks to create an unbiased, fair, and deeply informative interactive directory of Online Video Platform providers.

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Alex Polonsky, Co-founder

Alex has continued his career as a web developer in the comparison shopping space focusing the past several years in the automotive sector. Alex has strong experience in LAMP development, Microsoft Technologies and large scale Ad Inventory Serving as well as back end management tools.

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Paul Ritter, Director of Research Services

Paul Ritter is Managing Director of Interactive Media Strategies and Director of Research Services at VidCompare. At IMS he oversees the firm's annual awards program, the Excellence in Enterprise Video Awards that showcase thought leaders and innovators from around the country. He is a veteran of the research industry, having worked for leading firms such as the Yankee Group and Wainhouse Research. He is the author of dozens of research publications, case studies and white papers. He has been featured in and produced more than 50 client webcasts, video case studies, web seminars and industry conferences, including the Business Video Expo, produced by IMS in conjunction with TMCnet and the ITEXPO.

Joni Blecher, Editor

Joni Blecher has been in service journalism for well over 10 years covering various consumer technology products both in print and online. She doesn’t just write about tech, she’s also been in front of the camera talking about it too on outlets as varied as local morning news shows, CNN, Good Day New York, and was even one of the first personalities to showcase products on online video for CNET. Joni is one of the most inquisitive, no-nonsense editors in the business.

Bruce Bower, Advisor

For more than 20 years, Bruce has been contributing to early and mid stage technology enterprises. His management experience spans the payments, media, education, and alternate energy markets, with a particular emphasis on new business and international markets development. Most recently, Bruce served as Chief Executive Officer of Amelio Solar, a developer of thin film photo-voltaic projects, and prior to that led International and Business and Corporate Development for Blackhawk Network, the largest third party distributor of gift cards in the world. Bruce also has served as Chief Executive Officer of Soliloquy Learning and as the President and SVP/General Manager of LearningGate, the educational media division of ZapMe! Bruce also serves as a director or senior advisor to a number of companies in the payments space, including KargoKard, Radical Payments, and Visa. He is a frequent speaker on a variety of new market concepts, including global payments and e-commerce strategies for emerging businesses. Bruce began his career practicing law with Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati. He graduated in 1984 from Brown University with a B.A. in International Relations. In 1988, he received his law degree from University of Virginia.

VidCompare is a subsidiary of CompareServices, LLC.

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