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

Vimeo’s Best of 2018: Live streaming, OTT, and Stock

We spent our last broadcast for the year recapping and reflecting on our biggest launches from Vimeo Livestream, OTT, and Stock. Didn’t get a chance to catch us live? We’ve got a recap and event recording for you right here.

Industry stats on live streaming and OTT video

We kicked things off with a recap of some of the more impressive (and mind-boggling) statistics from the live streaming and OTT video industries:

Live streaming continues to rise:

 

OTT is on the up and up:

  • Today, 48% of viewers are more likely to start their viewing with an OTT service, such as Netflix, Hulu, or a DVR (StreamingMedia)
  • American households collectively watch more than 8B hours of content each month through connected TV devices (Nielsen)
  • 17.9M households will solely consume content via OTT in 3 years’ time (Video Advertising Bureau)
  • OTT revenues will reach $83.4B by 2021 (DigiDay)

 

Creators and businesses are investing more in content:

 

Catch up on the full event below, or read on to get a quick recap.

2018 updates from Vimeo Livestream

We sat down with Nathan Lundie of the Vimeo Livestream team to dive into some of the big launches this year — including new hardware and long-awaited software updates.

First, we gave a sneak peek of the Studio One switcher and encoder. Compact, powerful, reliable, and nicely priced at under $5,000, it’s a great piece of hardware for those looking to get started with live streaming with a minimal upfront cost.

Then, Nathan walked us through some of the new features in our Studio 5 software. We’ve launched new ways to deepen engagement with viewers, including adding comments from Facebook or YouTube into Studio graphics. You can now use a web page as a browser source in your live stream, too, meaning you have another way to share content to your viewers.

Vimeo Livestream also brought in features to help you produce amazing live events. Additional updates to Livestream Studio includes connecting with remote IP cameras through RTSP — a feature that’s been a long time coming! — as well as a full release of our macOS software.

Get an in-depth walkthrough of our Studio software and hardware updates in our on-demand webinar.

New features from Vimeo OTT

Megan Wright from the Vimeo OTT team shared several features that give creators autonomy over how and when they distribute (and monetize) their content, including the option to deliver and monetize live video.

Vimeo OTT now gives even more control over how you manage and prioritize your content. Not only can you schedule videos to publish in advance with time windowing, but you can see which of your videos perform best with the Top Videos tool.

We also introduced two new ways to better share content and engage with your audience.

1. Free video access: If you’d like to tease your content, you can now give customers free access to your channel for a limited amount of time.

2. Registration-based viewing: you can even make your channel free to review and registration-only, which is especially useful in nurturing and retaining your viewers.

Finally, for organizations that need an added level of privacy and security to their content, such as trainings and internal communications, Vimeo OTT now offers private portals. Customers who use Vimeo OTT’s private portals can also embed a Sli.do widget, to facilitate questions from employees and other participants. Learn more about our Sli.do integration and private portals here.

Affordable, beautiful stock footage

Stephen Nangeroni from Vimeo Stock joined us to talk about how SMBs and creators can utilize this new consumer product.

Vimeo Stock is the best platform to find top-notch stock footage from world-renowned creators. In our ongoing effort to put creators first, Vimeo Stock partners with members of the Vimeo community to bring their stock footage to the masses — contributors keep up to 70% of generated revenue from all Vimeo Stock sales.

You can browse Vimeo Stock for free, and Vimeo subscribers earn 20% savings on all stock footage.

While Vimeo Stock’s collection is currently invite-only, you can let us know you’re interested in licensing your footage by filling out this form.

 

While we’re proud of what we’ve launched this year, none of it would be possible with the support from the amazing members of our community. To everyone who’s used and shared feedback on Vimeo Livestream, OTT, or Stock this year — thank you.

We’ll continue building and improving our services to help you do more with video, and can’t wait to see what’s in store for 2019. Cheers!