Ron Downey

  • OTT Division | President & Board Director

    I find the concept of companies, people working together – and the alchemy of what makes these collectives of people and ideas tick, fascinating.

    Ron Downey

    • OTT Division | President & Board Director

      Ron co-founded Massive Interactive in 1996 – long before OTT swept through the globe to be consumed by hundreds of millions of people every day. “We started the company,” he says, “to gain control over our career destinies, to build a nice place to work, to create quality, to be successful – and to be the best.” Massive was acquired by Deltatre at the end of 2018 and today he leads the continual innovation of OTT products at Deltatre.

      Growing up in Alabama, U.S., Ron has spent most of his adult life living in the UK, Australia, and New Zealand. In his 20s and early 30s, he focused on his musical merits, working as a singer, studio vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter. “It was a great way to spend my 20s,” he says. “I also took a job in advertising straight out of university, but only lasted six months in that environment.”

      It was the 90s, and the music industry was changing – music was progressively recorded on hard disk on Apple computers rather than on tape. And so, seeing an opportunity to move into digital technology and web development, he teamed up with two others – one of which, Derek Ellis, remains at the company to this day, to found Massive Interactive.

      For more than two decades, the company worked with many of the world’s leading telcos, broadcasters, mobile operators, and studios. Never just reacting, it’s led the change when it comes to the way people consume online content. “I do think it’s a real achievement if you can do something fun and culturally relevant, to build something truly innovative, and to be the best in your category,” he says.

      It’s something he knows has only been made possible due to the collaboration and diversity of the teams around him. “I’m equally proud that we’ve created a vibrant community of work that’s highly diverse in terms of nationalities, backgrounds, interests and lifestyles – and that we’ve built a safe and enjoyable place to come into every day and work together doing clever things,” he says.

      Of course, Ron has always been fascinated by technology and the way it impacts our lives – “it’s relevant to just about every person on the planet,” he says. But his passion goes beyond the technology itself. It’s also about the people behind the technology – whether the technologists relentlessly pushing boundaries, the companies relying on new developments, or the users touched every day by the products and services Deltatre creates.

      “I find the concept of companies, people working together – and the alchemy of what makes these collectives of people and ideas tick, fascinating,” he says.

      Massive Interactive was acquired by Deltatre in 2018, spelling a new era when the two companies became one under the Deltatre brand. This meant that Deltatre became, and remains, the largest independent OTT solution provider in the world.

      I find the concept of companies, people working together – and the alchemy of what makes these collectives of people and ideas tick, fascinating.

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