Live video for hiring, firing, and everything in between

We at Ustream have seen a ton of content — more than 2 billion hours, in fact — and we’ve certainly seen it all. Live video has quickly become one of the most engaging ways to reach the masses, and many companies are fine-tuning their strategies so they can leverage the power of video. Our friends at Vooza still have some work to do — but that’s what we’re here for!

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Does this remind you of anything? Of course it does, as you probably remember reading all about it in Forbes and every other outlet out there.

All joking aside, live video is incredibly powerful and even though the uncut, raw nature may be intimidating, the upside cannot be dismissed. Thousands of businesses use Ustream for business communications, because it’s a socially-fueled way to cut through the clutter and be more productive. Check out the possibilities: https://video.ibm.com/platform/plans

About Vooza

Vooza is a video comic strip about the startup world (aka “the ‘Spinal Tap’ of startups”). Each week, Vooza.com releases a new video for a tech-minded audience of programmers, designers, entrepreneurs, etc. Forbes calls it “viral video done right…comedic genius” and industry leaders like Dennis Crowley, David Karp, and Jason Fried have written about it too. 

Ready to learn more? Download our white paper, Integrate Live Video Into Your Communication Strategy


#POWEROFONELUNCH

Today’s guest blog comes from our friends at GLIDE — Thanks Dori! Dori Caminong is GLIDE’s  Communications, Philanthropy and Social Innovation Manager. You can find her on Twitter: @doricaminong


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GLIDE’s 15th Annual eBay Charity Auction for Power Lunch with Warren Buffett, Runs June 1 – 6

Each year legendary investor and philanthropist Warren Buffett hosts just one charity power lunch to help support GLIDE’s programs. For the past 15 years, Mr. Buffett’s sustained commitment and the philanthropic spirit of the winning bidders, have helped raise nearly $16 million to support GLIDE’s unwavering mission to help San Francisco’s residents in need.

GLIDE invites everyone to join us + watch the final moments of the Countdown on Friday, June 6, 2016 at 6:40PM at http://www.ustream.tv/buffettauction

The bidding starts at $25,000 and all bidders must pre-qualify prior to placing their bids at ebay.com/glide. The winning bidder may invite seven friends to join Buffett for lunch at Smith & Wollensky, “the quintessential New York steakhouse.” Over the years, the winning bids have ranged from $25,000 to $3,456,789, with the funds going to support GLIDE’s programs, which help people overcome hunger, poverty, homelessness and debilitating health challenges.


Calling all sales buffs: We’ve got an opportunity for YOU

Were you among the millions of people that watched NASA’s Curiosity Rover land on Mars in August of 2012? Did you spend your Friday evening last August glued to the “crowdsourced CNN,” otherwise known as the police scanner that caught the play-by-play search for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev? Or more recently, did you catch any sessions from Cisco Live last week on Ustream?

Live video is making waves, and it’s an industry that will continue to grow, especially as more and more companies weave the technology into their marketing playbooks. Originally created to connect remote military servicemen to significant personal and cultural events, Ustream has evolved into a socially-fueled vehicle enabling anyone to reach global audiences and share experiences in real-time.

Our proprietary technology powers 2 million live video streams and reaches 77 million unique viewers each month. We see the greatest opportunity within the enterprise sector. Recent industry research estimates that 1 billion hours of live video was consumed for business communications in 2013, and this number is expected to triple by 2017. We’re building our business to scale to these needs, and we’re looking for several sales pros to join our team. Below are two roles we’re looking to fill on our Sales Team:

Account Executive

The Inside Sales Account Executive position is responsible for selling Ustream’s Pro Broadcasting solution into both a named account list and inbound leads. Candidate must have a proven track record of achieving or exceeding revenue goals and a strong background in customer relationships. 

Sales Development Representative

The Sales Development position is the front line of the Ustream Sales Team, tasked with representing Ustream to effectively prospect, educate, qualify, develop target accounts and qualify inbound leads.

Interested? Check out our Careers Page and apply now!


Don’t Miss a Beat and #ASKSHERRYLEE

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Today’s post comes courtesy of our friends at Go Curvy. Matthew Barrett, Executive Producer of Go Curvy, is our guest blogger for the day.

The entire Go Curvy team is very excited about Thursday’s show. In addition to featuring barbecue recipes for the holiday weekend and a deeper look at the ingredients in popular cosmetic products, the episode will feature a live performance and interview with musician Scotty Grand.

Many people know Scotty from his appearance on the reality show Platinum Hit. On Go Curvy, he’s going to tell our host, Sherry Lee Meredith, about his musical journey from New Orleans to Boston to Los Angeles. Scotty is an emerging talent and we’re thrilled to offer him the platform to perform live for his fans and our viewers on Ustream.

Having a live music performance really allows us to take advantage of the power of Ustream.


#NoSlowLane

NetNeutralitySeven years ago, my co-founders and I started Ustream with a mission to bring live video technology to anyone with an internet connection. Last year, our users crossed the 2 billion viewer-hour mark, and we’re incredibly proud of the open platform we’ve built. This activity can be largely attributed to net neutrality, which has been facing scrutiny from the FCC.

Alongside 100+ companies including Google, Netflix, and Facebook, and with the support of Engine Advocacy, we’ve sent this letter to the FCC, which is certainly creating well-deserved waves: http://engine.is/wp-content/uploads/Company-Sign-On-Letter.pdf

Help us preserve a free and open internet and please share this with your friends and colleagues. #NoSlowLane


Video streaming as a business tool? Casey Zeman will show you how

Today’s guest blogger is Hanna Brooks Olsen, an Editorial and Marketing Specialist at creativeLIVE. In a previous life, she was a social media manager.

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At this point, most community managers have social media outlets like Twitter and Facebook nailed — but few businesses are using streaming video to build their audience and drive sales. Author and strategist Casey Zeman is out to change that.

In his upcoming three-day course on CreativeLive (free to watch while it airs live!), Casey will walk you through some of the basics of streaming video for business.

What you’ll learn:

  • Equipment basics that help make your videos better and your production smoother
  • Why streaming video communities matter (though, to be honest, you probably already know this)


Game of Thrones Fans: You Won’t Want to Miss This

GoT_FBLiveWe’ve all been anxiously waiting for Season 4 to kick off — and at Ustream, we’ve been hard at work with Facebook Live, to bring you an exclusive red carpet event tomorrow, in advance of the Game of Thrones NYC premiere. Join Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Maisie Williams, and more cast members at 6pm Eastern Time tomorrow.


Your Android Device Just Got Even More Powerful

At Ustream, we’re laser-focused on providing the best experience for our users. Mobile broadcasters are increasingly growing by the numbers, and today, we’ve released a major update to the Android user app.

What’s new for the global users?

  • Users can now manage their own recorded videos (edit title, edit description, edit privacy, play, delete, share)
  • They can also  title their broadcasts (as long as the channel is live)
  • Additionally — and most notably — users can broadcast in “high quality” (640×360, active by default) and “HD” (1280×720) on enabled devices

You may have noticed that we’ve also just partnered with Verizon Wireless


Ukraine Streams by the Numbers

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Activity in Ukriane has continued to heighten, and we’re seeing many people turning to Ustream — broadcasters have taken to their cameras and mobile devices to show the world what’s taking place, while thousands of viewers are given the inside look.  Here a snapshot of what was streamed live yesterday:

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#EuroMajdan has been one of the most-viewed channels over the course of the last two months. In fact, it’s the top-viewed channel on Ustream at this very moment.

We’ve been crunching the numbers and wanted to share some stats:



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