Livestream’s New CEO: Jesse Hertzberg

From Max

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Jesse Hertzberg as Livestream’s new CEO.

Over the past seven years we have built the world’s leading live video streaming company, developing industry changing hardware and software products that empower people and businesses to connect with their customers in a deeply personal way. Along the way, our team grew from four founders here in New York City to 160 Livestreamers on three continents.

Our time is now. Worldwide consumers and global technology infrastructure have never been more ready for our vision of a world where every event can be experienced live, regardless of where the audience is located. It is the perfect time for Livestream to engage the next gear in pursuit of the realization of our vision.

To enable this acceleration I recruited Jesse to succeed me as CEO with the full support of our co-founders and the Livestream board of directors. Most recently, Jesse ran operations at Squarespace and Etsy – two of the most admired technology companies here in New York City – where he was instrumental in helping them achieve scale.

As for me, I’m excited to focus my energy on my new role as SVP & GM, Video Products. Going forward, I will be responsible for all of our video production offerings. I will also continue to serve as Chairman of the board.

Today we begin an exciting new chapter in Livestream’s story. I would like to thank everyone who has contributed to our journey so far and helped make Livestream possible, including our investors, co-founders, team members, partners, mentors, and, most importantly, customers. Please join me in welcoming Jesse to our team!

From Jesse

I was recently on vacation with my family and found myself utterly relaxed yet constantly thinking about Livestream. The team members, R&D pipeline, customer list, and market opportunity were invariably on my mind. It became self-evident on that trip that it was time for me to accept Max’s challenge.

I’ve lived through my fair share of startup transitions and am reminded of what Fred Wilson once wrote: “The best transitions are not forced by anyone. They are driven by the founders.” It’s a true testament to Livestream’s founding team that in order to achieve their dreams for the company, they recognize it is necessary to continuously focus people and teams on their strengths. Livestream was built thanks to the tireless efforts of our remarkable team members. Together, we will be able to move the company forward faster than ever before, with the comfort of knowing that each of us cares about every single detail that goes into building world-class products and industry-leading organizations.

Max and I have been planning this transition for a while now, and I’ve been chomping at the bit to get started. I thank everyone at Livestream for inviting me to join them on this journey.


This Week on Livestream | February 21, 2017

Tune in tomorrow at 1:30 PM ET to learn how to produce a webinar using Mevo, our live event camera.

Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet | Jazz at Lincoln Center
Tuesday, February 21
7:30 PM ET
“Jazz Master Jason Marsalis returns to Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola with the Vibes Quartet. Well-known for his work as a drummer with artists like Marcus Roberts and the Marsalis Family, Jason has increasingly explored the vibraphone with virtuosity and creativity in recent years.”

How to Create a Webinar with Mevo | Livestream Learn
Wednesday, February 22
1:30 PM ET
“Producing an engaging, high-quality live broadcast is easier than ever with the Mevo live event camera from Livestream. Join Director of Content Amber van Moessner and Producer Nathan Lundie for an easy and fun crash course in live video production with Mevo.”

For Colored Nerds | The Greene Space
Wednesday, February 22
For Colored Nerds co-hosts Brittany Luse and Eric Eddings will share what Black History Month means to them, test your knowledge of black history, and share their unconventional picks for the Black History Month pantheon. Joining them are special guests Tracy Clayton of BuzzFeed’s Another Round podcast and Gene Demby of NPR’s Code Switch podcast.”

Inside the World of 3M Science | Discovery Education
Thursday, February 23
“Join Discovery Education and 3M as they broadcast live from World Headquarters in St. Paul, Minn. Students will hear from 3M’s leading scientific experts about just a few of the countless innovations that are improving lives worldwide.”

Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge | Author Events
Thursday, February 23
7:30 PM ET
“Erica Armstrong Dunbar has contributed commentary to several documentaries, including Philadelphia: The Great Experiment and The Abolitionists and is the author of A Fragile Freedom: African American Women and Emancipation in the Antebellum City. In her new book, Dunbar tells the story of the young slave who risked her life to escape servitude under the first American President.”

Ebola’s Aftermath: A West Africa Update | Doctors without Borders
Thursday, February 23
“Join MSF’s panel of experts, all of whom were part the Ebola response in West Africa, as they discuss what this reflection means for the organization’s emergency medical activities going forward. They will also share information on the post-Ebola medical needs in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea, and how MSF is addressing them.”

Robert Pinsky | Hammer Museum
Thursday, February 23
10:30 PM ET
“Robert Pinsky is a former United States poet laureate and a widely known proponent of poetry. He has written eight volumes of poems, the most recent of them At the Foundling Hospital. He is a translator of Dante’s Inferno and co-translator of Czesław Miłosz’s Separate Notebooks, and the author of several influential prose books, including The Sounds of Poetry, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.”

3D Concept Design Workflow: Vehicle Creation with Gurmukh Bhasin | Gnomon
Thursday, February 23
10:30 PM ET
“Learn about the art of 3D concept design at Gnomon as Gurmukh Bhasin reveals his workflow for crafting hard-surface vehicles. Discover how to incorporate real-world construction techniques, manufacturing constraints, material properties, functionality, and storytelling to help ground concept designs in reality, and create something relatable to your audience.”