Hosting CDN Dinner With Fastly For Wall Street, Dec. 14th in NYC

On Thursday December 14th, in conjunction with JNK Securities, I will be hosting a dinner in NYC for those on Wall Street to learn more about Fastly, with Joshua Bixby, Investor and President of Fastly, and Lee Chen, Head of Strategic Partnerships at Fastly. We plan on discussing the catalysts driving the innovation in the CDN market for performance, security, how these innovations are interacting with cloud and the revolution that is serverless and compute at the edge. Fastly will discuss their software-defined and programmable approach to compute and network at the edge to create value propositions with traditional and cloud-first companies. Attendees will hear about factors influencing customer evaluations in edge Services/CDN, including scale, pricing, features, ease of deployment and use cases of “programmable edge.” Hear how Fastly has achieved a $100M run rate in six years, tripled their customer base in the past three years and how they stack up to the competition.

If you are interested in attending, please contact me. Note this event is only for those on Wall Street tied to the financial markets.

Come Debate The Future of Live Streaming at #smwest Show

The Live Streaming Summit, part of the Streaming Media West show taking place on Nov. 2/3, will wrap up with a panel discussion examining the state of live streaming in 2017 and looking at where it’s headed in the future. Will its growth continue unfettered, or are there roadblocks that will slow the expansion? What are the key technical and business challenges it faces? And what role will new technologies like HEVC, HDR, 4K, and VR/360° play in the live streaming of tomorrow?

  • Moderator: Chris Knowlton, Partner & Chief Strategy Officer – BlueFrame Technology
  • Panelist: Dan Swiney, Manager, Live Production and Streaming – LinkedIn Media Productions
  • Panelist: Dror Gill, CTO – Beamr
  • Panelist: Aaron Ruiz, Business Development Manager – Streamlabs
  • Panelist: John Petrocelli, CEO – Bulldog Digital Media
  • Panelist: Rob Hedrick, Director of Broadcast Operations and Supervising Producer – National Hot Rod Association
  • Panelist: Skip Pizzi, Vice President, Technology Education and Outreach – National Association of Broadcasters

You can sign up online for a discounted conference pass by using the code DR100 and I even have a few free passes to give away. Re-tweet out “I want a pass for the Streaming Media West conference in CA on Nov. 2/3 – #smwest ” and I’ll pick some free winners every day!

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Learn About Live Streaming Workflows on Social Media

Live streaming continues to dominate content on social media. What sort of ROI can publishers achieve with an effective social streaming strategy? What sorts of production workflows are best? This Live Streaming Summit panel discussion, part of the Streaming Media West show taking place on Nov. 2/3, brings together leading brands, media companies, and influencers to share their social media streaming stories and discuss what they’ve learned and what their plans are for the future.

  • Moderator: Claudia Barbiero, VP of Marketing, Americas – LiveU
  • Panelist: Dustin Butler, Technical Director and Producer of Live Content – Funny or Die
  • Panelist: Troy Witt, President – Take One Productions, Inc.
  • Panelist: David Compton, President – Oomba TV
  • Panelist: Mike Sheckles, Director of Technology – The Young Turks

You can sign up online for a discounted conference pass by using the code DR100 and I even have a few free passes to give away. Re-tweet out “I want a pass for the Streaming Media West conference in CA on Nov. 2/3 – #smwest ” and I’ll pick some free winners every day!

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Learn How To Monetize Live Streaming at #smwest Conference

While the popularity of live streaming isn’t in doubt, even the biggest names in entertainment sometimes find it a challenge to monetize. What can be done to get consumers to pay for live content or make it more enticing for advertisers and sponsors? This Live Streaming Summit session, part of the Streaming Media West show taking place on Nov. 2/3, will look at various approaches to monetization, from pay-per-view and subscription to interstitial advertising and sponsored/branded content.

  • Moderator: Brian Ring, Principal Analyst – Ring Digital
  • Panelist: Greg Ellis, Vice President and COO – DaCast
  • Panelist: Renee Reynosa, Professional Streamer
  • Panelist: Charles Mellilo, Senior Vice President – NeuLion
  • Panelist: Gabe Goodwin, Blue Duck Media & Executive Producer – FOX Sports
  • Panelist: Jon Burk, Director, Marketing/Digital Strategy, Producer, Digital Content – Roker Media

You can sign up online for a discounted conference pass by using the code DR100 and I even have a few free passes to give away. Re-tweet out “I want a pass for the Streaming Media West conference in CA on Nov. 2/3 – #smwest ” and I’ll pick some free winners every day!

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#smwest session: Latency Still Sucks: So What Can You Do About It?

As live event streaming explodes in popularity, latency—whether time to first frame or end-to-end—is the elephant in the room. Live event streams are competing not only with broadcast and cable, but also with social media, and viewers’ tolerance for long latency times is dwindling. At this session at the Live Streaming Summit, part of Streaming Media West show taking place on Nov. 2/3, you’ll learn about the various ways to reduce latency at all points in your live streaming workflow, from acquisition to delivery to video player.

  • Moderator: Jason Thibeault, Executive Director – Streaming Video Alliance
  • Panelist: Rob Dillon, Digital Operations Manager – Tribune Media
  • Panelist: Lee Erickson, Lead Streaming Engineer – NASA/SAIC
  • Panelist: Charley Thomas, Senior Engineer – Limelight Networks
  • Panelist: Rob Post, VP of Engineering – Hulu

You can sign up online for a discounted conference pass by using the code DR100 and I even have a few free passes to give away. Re-tweet out “I want a pass for the Streaming Media West conference in CA on Nov. 2/3 – #smwest ” and I’ll pick some free winners every day!

Speaker Wanted: VR Expert for Panel at Live Streaming Summit

We’ve had a panelist drop out of our VR panel at the Live Streaming Summit (www.livestreamingsummit.com), which is co-located with Streaming Media West. If you work with VR, either on the technical or creative side, live in the L.A./Orange County area, and are interested in speaking, please contact Eric Schumacher-Rasmussen at erics@streamingmedia.com. Here’s the session description:

Live Storytelling With Virtual Reality & 360° Video
VR and 360° offer brands and publishers new ways of telling stories and presenting live events to viewers. In order to be successful, though, there needs to be an understanding of not just the technology but the art of crafting immersive videos that will compel viewers to strap on that headset (or at least a Google Cardboard) for an experience that transcends traditional content. This panel features experts in both the content and technology to give attendees a full “field of view” into the emerging worlds of VR and 360° video.

Networking Events At Streaming Media West – Beer Garden, Lunch, Awards Ceremony

The Streaming Media West show kicks off this week and we’ve got some great networking events taking place, November 1-3 in Huntington Beach, CA. Register online using code DR100 for a discounted pass.

Wednesday
Nov 1st 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. – Sponsored by Tulix
Sunset Welcome Reception
Sit back and relax as we celebrate the start of this year’s event with an open bar, live music, and a beautiful sunset. It’s a perfect way to kick off your Streaming Media experience! Open to all full-conference attendees, speakers, and vendors.

Thursday
Nov 2nd 12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. – Sponsored by Google Cloud
Lunch On The Lawn
All conference attendees and speakers are invited to join us for Lunch on Lawn taking place on the Lighthouse Courtyard. Enjoy some fresh air and networking after a full morning of sessions.

Thursday
Nov 2nd 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. – Sponsored by AWS Elemental
Exhibit Hall Reception
Join us in the exhibit hall at the end of the day for drinks! The Streaming Media West 2017 Expo is the perfect place to meet with the leading companies in the industry in a relaxed atmosphere.

Thursday
Nov 2nd 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – Sponsored by IBM Cloud Video
4th Annual Streaming Media Beer Garden & Networking Event
Join us for a fun night on the lawn as you network with industry peers while enjoying a selection of good brews and eats, as well as live music from our German Trio. Open to all attendees, speakers, and vendors.

Friday
Nov 3rd 9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Streaming Media Magazine’s Readers Choice Awards Ceremony
Join Streaming Media Magazine editor, Eric Schumacher-Rassmusen, and emcee, Jose Castillo of ThinkJose, as we celebrate the winners of the annual Streaming Media Readers’ Choice Awards.

Tonight: Streaming Media LA Meetup, Free Drinks & Networking

On Monday Oct. 30th I’ll be hosting a networking event for the streaming media industry, starting at 6:30pm at “Seventy7 Lounge, 3843 Main St, Culver City, CA 90232” (see below for parking details and how to enter). We’ll have free drinks thanks to sponsors StackPath, Nice People At Work and Reality Check Systems. [If your company would like to sponsor the meetup and help cover some of the bar tab, please let me know.] The event is free to attend and you do not need to RSVP, just show up! Friends and co-workers welcomed.

I’ll be handing out wrist bands and drink tickets so look for me when you show up and bring a business card.

Parking and Venue Directions

To enter Seventy7 head down the alley between Rocco’s and the Poke restaurant past the neon Cocktails sign to the main door in the “cut”.

There is a parking structure on Cardiff Ave. between Venice and Culver Blvd which is directly behind Seventy7. 1 block west is another structure on Watseka and a 3rd in the Trader Joes where Washington and Culver Blvd meet.

Valet Parking posts are on Main Street by Hanjip, Culver Blvd infront of Public School and across Culver Blvd infront of The Culver Hotel.

About the meetup

These meetups are a great way to network with others tied to the online video ecosystem. I do them in NY often and we get a great mix of attendees from companies including AOL, NFL, Showtime, Omnicom, NBC, NBA, Time, HBO, Viacom, CBS, Twitter, WPP, Google, Nielsen, Facebook, FOX, R/GA, Twitch, Riot Games, American Express, Comcast, wall street money managers, government agencies, VR production companies and vendors from all facets of the video ecosystem.

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Learn About Publisher Tools and Content Discovery On The Roku Platform

Roku is the pioneer of streaming to the TV and offers a unique platform for content publishers and developers. At the Streaming Media West show, taking place Nov. 2/3, Ben Strong, Director, Product Management at Roku will provide an overview of tools available to publishers, how to make the most of them and what monetization strategy is right for your content. Some topics covered will be new enhancements to Roku Direct Publisher, advertising tools and capabilities and some updated features and content discovery.

It’s not too late to get a pass! You can sign up online for a discounted conference pass by using the code DR100 and I even have a few free passes to give away. Re-tweet out “I want a pass for the Streaming Media West conference in CA on Nov. 2/3 – #smwest ” and I’ll pick some free winners every day!

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