Metacafe is a community based video sharing web site, that specializes in short-form original entertainment, where users upload, view and share video clips. It is also one of the two websites where the old videos discovered by "Classic Videos" are uploaded onto the web.
The company is headquartered in Palo Alto, California, with offices in Tel Aviv and New York. Metacafe is privately held and its investors include Accel Partners, Benchmark Capital, DAG Ventures and Highland Capital Partners.
Metacafe Inc. was founded in July 2002 in Tel Aviv by Israeli entrepreneurs Eyal Hertzog (Chief technical officer) and Arik Czerniak (CEO) and raised $3 million from Benchmark Capital. In June 2006, the company closed a Series B financing round of $12 million. Investors included Accel Partners and Benchmark Capital. The website's traffic increased rapidly, and by June 2006 it was ranked 128th by Alexa Traffic Ratings. That September, the company moved its headquarters to Palo Alto, California and in October 2006, Metacafe was ranked the third largest video site in the world according to comScore.