Sunday, June 10, 2007

Newsflash: Chris Yeh Becomes CEO of Ustream.TV

I have accepted an offer to become CEO of Ustream.TV.

I've been lucky enough to be an investor in and advisor to the company for several months, and when this opportunity arose, I jumped on it.

It certainly helps that Ustream has built incredible buzz since its launch in March. I'm pretty sure it's a good sign when people start tossing around the term "YouTube beater" less than a month after the company's launch.

I was also blown away by the enthusiasm of our users, the Ustreamers. Our Ustreamers are truly the ones in the driver's seat, and their creativity and passion are probably our greatest asset.

The deciding factor was the team. Johnny, Brad, and Gyula (who founded the company with their friend Adam), did a phenomenal job of building the Ustream platform, and are eagerly building on the foundation they laid. We've also been fortunate enough to bring on board Tim Villanueva as our CTO, a guy who's been both Chief Architect (Intuit) and CTO (HotJobs.com) of major publicly traded companies. I'm proud and delighted to be a member of such a great team.

I've dispensed a lot of advice to other entrepreneurs over the years, and I recognize that it's a lot harder to do it than to say it. But it's a lot more rewarding too. I'm glad I'm getting the opportunity to put my own advice to work.

As long as I'm getting back in the saddle, I figure I should mention that Ustream is hiring. We're always looking for great PHP, AJAX, and Flash developers, as well as folks familiar with building and running massively scalable systems.

On the business side, I'm looking to hire a product manager with consumer Internet experience, as well as a community manager to nurture the Ustream community.

Finally, we're looking for an experienced product management contractor to come in and provide some immediate assistance as we build out our vision for the product.

Let the adventure begin.

44 comments:

Zoli Erdos said...

Congratulations, Chris!

But .. hey... should this not have been a ustream.tv announcement? :-)

J. Taylor said...

Congratulations, Chris!
The best of luck with your work and future ventures.

Jeremiah Owyang said...

Congrats Chris, this is fantastic!

Sanford Dickert said...

As they say here in NYC, "mazel tov"!

Jeremy said...

Congrats, and best of luck.

Ryan said...

Congrats! Sounds like a great adventure. Good luck.

Morgan Smith said...

Congratulations Chris!
After visiting your blog I read up some information on Ustream and I think that it's great.
Good luck!

Gabe Branson said...

Well, it was either gonna be this, or GM of the Lakers, right?

Congratulations, pal!

Jackie Danicki said...

Those people have no idea what an awesome boss they're going to have. Congratulations, Chris! I'm jealous of all the people who get to work for a guy as great as you.

Anonymous said...

Wow Chris, Congrats for taking the plunge again! =D

Anonymous said...

That last comment was me.

-Adrian

Chris said...

Zoli,

As always, you're ability to be the first man on the spot is uncanny. Yes, we will do more video-type announcements, but given the time of day (or night, rather), I figured I'd spare people the vision of me in my pajamas!

Gabe,

While I would love the position of GM of the Lakers, Mitch Kupchak is an old friend, and I just couldn't do anything that might hurt his position.

Jackie,

I can't guarantee success or riches, but I can guarantee that Ustream will be a kickass place to work. We need to get you broadcasting.

Of course, Ustream is also the reason I'm about to hit 10,000 unread posts in Bloglines....

J, Jeremiah, Sanford, Jeremy, Ryan, Morgan, Adrian: Thanks!

Andrew Fife said...

Chris,
congrats & good luck!
-Andrew

R. Jacobs said...

Congratulations! I am so happy for you!

Jeff Clavier said...

Glad to have you on board full time Chris :-).

Penelope Trunk said...

Congratulations! That's great to hear.

Catriona Harris said...

Congratulations, Chris!

J. P. said...

What an amazing oppertunity for anyone and it couldn't have happened to a nicer guy. I'm very happy for you and your future employees are in a for big treat.

Mark said...

rock on, chris. i'll be looking for good things from you guys.

Marlon D. said...

Congratulations! Fantastic! Also congrats on your 3000+ profile views lol!

Rob Long said...

Chris --

Best of luck! Ustream looks incredibly cool; and I know it'll be even cooler soon. Eventually, I know, you're going to put people like me out of business, but it'll be worth it....

Rob Long

Chris Yeh said...

Rob,

Unlike the young entrepreneurs who like to disparage existing players as "dinosaurs," I've been around long enough, and read enough history to believe that progress is usually evolutionary.

We will still need experienced content producers. You can't replace "Heroes" with a bunch of live streams, nor should you want to. On the other hand, live streams from behind the scenes on the set, or online viewing parties are a great way to extend the reach of existing media.

Will said...

advid fan of the blog since 2004 . . . congrats!

Rive G. said...

Hello, Chris! Congratulations and good luck with everything!

marlon d said...

Congratulations! I'm so happy for you. Good luck with everything. Also congrats on your 30000+ profile viewing.

dankoifman said...

Congrats Chris!!!!

Devin Reams said...

Congrats, now get back to blogging! ;)

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