Serial Entrepreneur Alex Lazinica Founder / Owner IntechOpen Aims To Open The Boundaries Of Science
Most industries have progressed from paper to all forms of content, how is it that one of our most important industries, science is staying behind. This is something Underline’s founder doesn’t understand and therefore he is going to change it with the launch of the Underline Digital Video Library (DVL). With a huge track record, this multi-accomplished founder is now taking on the big publishers in a way that hasn’t been seen before as a premier aggregator of streaming scientific conference lecture video content. Together with his team of industry leaders, Underline is aiming to transcend the industry into the 21st century.
The mission of Underline is to improve researchers’ access to quality scientific conference lecture video content. Historically, if you did not attend a scientific conference, you would miss out on all of the conference’s lectures. Underline’s DVL contains 26,000+ videos (Health Sciences, Life Sciences, Engineering, Technology, Social Sciences, and Humanities). The video content from the world’s prestigious scientific societies and universities, like IEEE, Endocrine, AIP, lecturers from MIT, Harvard, Facebook, Google, etc. Each video is complete with abstract, English transcription, bio, picture of the author, and most importantly, a DOI (digital object identifier), which ensures that the video can be searched and discovered.
The company announced today that it had raised $2.5 million Pre-Series A    round of funding, led by South Central Ventures and the Dutch Founders Fund. As a result, Mr. Jure Mikuz (South Central Ventures) and Mr. Laurens Groenendijk (Dutch Founders Fund) will join the Underline Board of Directors.
“With this new round of funding, we’ll be able to enhance the Underline DVL features and content greatly. Further to grow the team and expand our go-to-market strategy,” Underline CEO and founder Alex Lazinica said in a press release. “We are looking forward to increasing our penetration into the library, government and corporate, institutional subscription market.”
South Central Ventures, who led the round, Managing Partner Jure Mikuz, said, “Underline’s mission resonates with us very well as they are addressing a global opportunity of creating a library of global scientific video content. I believe they will be successful by facilitating their excellent execution skills and deep industry knowledge. We are very excited to join Underline on this journey.”
Founding Partner Laurens Groenendijk of The Dutch Founders Fund states, ” We believe that if Underline Science manages to tap into the apparent possible network effects, it can quickly grow out be the dominant player in the field of science content aggregation. We at Dutch Founders hope to see “underlining become a verb”. If anyone is going to do it, We know a seasoned entrepreneur like Alex is. “
Underline’s business model is an annual subscription fee for unlimited access to the entire Digital Video Library for the subscribing institution’s community.