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.

Jesse

This Week on Livestream | September 18, 2017

Watch live as The Greene Space discusses identity and racial justice, YogaVibes streams a free yoga class, and BLive Streaming brings the Indoor Cricket World Cup to screens around the world.


Cultural Criticism in the Era of Deconstructed Whiteness | The Greene Space
Monday, September 18
6:45 PM ET
“Join The Greene Space via live video stream as they discuss the ways to write about art and culture when perspectives are rooted in identity, racial justice, and social equality.”

Head Coach Mike McCarthy, Edgar Bennett, Dom Capers and Ron Zook press conference | Green Bay Packers
Monday, September 18
8 PM ET
“Watch Head Coach Mike McCarthy, Edgar Bennett, Dom Capers and Ron Zook take questions from the media.”

Death Row: Art from Inside and Outside The Prison Walls | Columbia Law School
Tuesday, September 19
6 PM ET
“This extraordinary collaborative project displays more than 60 works drawn from people on death row, as well as from some of America’s top political cartoonists.”

Art and Journalism, Past and Present: Eugene Richards, Sam Stephenson, and Arezoo Moseni | New York Public Library
Tuesday, September 19
6:30 PM ET
“Explore the work of two seminal documentary photographers, captured in two beautiful new books: Gene Smith’s Sink, the new biography by Sam Stephenson on photography’s most celebrated humanist, W. Eugene Smith; and The Run-On of Time, the first comprehensive and critical look at the work of Eugene Richards, a photographer following in Smith’s tradition.”

Tom Perrotta | Mrs. Fletcher | Author Events
Tuesday, September 19
7:30 PM ET
“Tom Perrotta is the author of some of the most popular and critically acclaimed novels of our time, including Election, which was adapted into an Oscar-nominated film starring Matthew Broderick and Reese Witherspoon; Little Children, which was adapted into a film for which he won an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay; and The Leftovers, named to several prominent best-of-the-year lists and adapted by HBO into a popular TV series.”

Politics Reborn | The Riverside Church of NYC
Wednesday, September 20
7 PM ET
“Join the Riverside Church in New York City for a night to celebrate and support the work of Politics Reborn, featuring Nina Turner.”

Thurs Powerful Flow Yoga w/ Grace Millsap | YogaVibes
Thursday, September 21
7 AM ET
“When moving with your breath, you not only oxygenate your body, but train your mind to be focused and aware – building coordination, strength, and stamina. This class is designed to challenge and inspire, and is perfect for those looking to move, flow, and grow.”

u.lab: Live Webcast | MIT Webcast
Thursday, September 21
10 AM ET
“You’ll learn the leadership knowledge that matters most: self-knowledge, deep listening, precise observation, and dialogue.”

Indoor Cricket World Cup | BLive Streaming
Friday, September 22
12:30 PM ET
“The finest indoor cricketing talent from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, England, Sri Lanka, India, Singapore, Malaysia and the UAE. Over 400 players and officials together for 7 days of competition from September 16-23, in Dubai’s newly renovated Insportz Club.”