This Thursday through Sunday (Aug 2-5th) Ustream.TV will provide exclusive LIVE coverage of the YearlyKos Convention in Chicago, IL.
The YearlyKos is an annual convention gathering people from all walks of life who belong to the Netroots community, the US-based (but globally focused and inclusive) non-partisan grassroots political action community that uses the Internet and blogs as primary tools for: expressing viewpoints, building consensus, acting to change the status quo, mobilizing huge numbers of people and informing each other and the world about current, events, grassroots actions, networks, meetings, policy and more. The YearlyKos Convention is a project of bloggerpower.org with the generous support of the Netroots Arts and Education Initiative (NAEI).
On Saturday at 1pm CST, Ustream.TV will stream LIVE the Presidential Leadership Forum (a Democratic Presidential debate) featuring all the big names: Sen. Hillary Clinton, Sen. Barack Obama, Sen. John Edwards, Sen. Chris Dodd, Governor Bill Richardson, and other candidates. Additionally on Saturday at 8am CST, Ustream.TV will provide LIVE coverage of the Ask The Leaders Forum featuring Bob Geiger, Rep. Rahm Emanuel, Sen. Charles E. “Chuck” Schumer, Sen. Harry Reid, and Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Ustream.TV will also provide coverage of the other break-out panels and forums on a variety of topics from “All Politics Is Still Local: Local Blogging” to “The Impact of Globalization on America’s Workforce”.
For more information on the YearlyKos, please visit http://yearlykosconvention.org.
Ustream.TV had the honor and privilege to stream the TechCrunch Party 9 this past Friday night. Despite some early technical difficulties and limited lighting, overall it was a big success. Ustream Founder Brad Hunstable and CEO Chris Yeh, interviewed numerous Silicon Valley companies providing direct personal access. At times the chatroom was a little “spicy” (note: we will heavily moderate future events of this type), but numerous people have written us to report a incredibly engaging experience.
So who was considered the best interview? The overwhelming favorite was David Stern of Clear Stone Ventures who answered hundreds of questions about VC firms straight from our chatroom.
More pictures of the party from Wired.com:
Allen Sterns report on all the Ustream.TV Interviews:
Coverage from Jeremiah Owyang:
This past weekend was witness to yet another Ustream.TV first- a LIVE Pool Tournament. The folks at Shooters in Olathe, KS streamed a 10-ball ring game tournament for the world to watch last Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Over the course of the entire weekend, nearly 20,000 people caught some portion of this event. The entry fee for the tournament was $3,000 and we have not yet heard, but are eagerly awaiting, the winner’s name and purse!
“Once again we see the excitement and power of interactive live video from Ustream.TV. We see a future one day when there are hundreds of pool tournaments live online every weekend,” says John Ham, Founder of Ustream.TV.
Congrats on a very successful Ustream event…
Freekey Zekey of Asylum Records Chats Live and Answer Fan Questions About His Debut Album, â€œBook of Ezekielâ€
Hip hop artist Freekey Zekey, under contract with WMG’s Asylum Records, connected live with his fans on the day of his debut album release, â€œBook of Ezekiel.â€ Thousands of fans from across the globe were be able to interact with Freekey Zekey via three different websites: Ustream.TV, AllHipHop.com and Freekey Zekey’s MySpace. The Ustream.TV live streaming video platform was used for all three websites. Freekey Zekey answered questions and provided information about his new album, music videos and pending tours.
â€œArtists, who typically spend a great deal of time finding new ways to connect with their fans online, can now use Ustream.TV as a new and highly appealing way to really connect with their fan bases â€“ in a live web environment,â€ said Jeff Sharon, Asylum Records. â€œWorking with Ustream.TV is a very efficient way to bring our artists to the world and give fans an exciting opportunity to interact with them.”
“WMGâ€™s Asylum Records understands the power of steaming live video to engage and expand a fan base, and both artists and fans will be energized by how they can connect in a way that was never before possible,â€ said Chris Yeh, CEO of Ustream.TV. â€œThis partnership is a natural fit for Ustream and demonstrates how our platform is helping people create, broadcast, discover and archive entirely new, interactive video experiences.â€
You can learn more about Freekey Zekey and his new album at myspace.com/freekeyzekey
Tonight, presidential candidates John Edwards and Chris Dodd made history by Ustreaming live video Q&A sessions after the Democratic debate on CNN and reached thousands of viewers.
Until now, candidates and politicians have used the Internet to get messages out and raise money. Ustream gives them a way to engage voters in a real conversation.
For most of the history of politics and television, candidates have sought to control the message with spin doctors, attack ads, and sound bites. Ustream lets candidates cut through these layers of obfuscation and engage directly with voters in a way that no recorded video can.
In a real sense, Ustreaming is a throwback to an earlier era, when politics was a live event and politicians would take the train from town to town, trying to appear before as many voters as possible.
We invite all candidates to join John Edwards and Chris Dodd in Ustreaming. It’s the right tool to provide interactivity, participation, and authenticity.
But don’t take it from us–here’s what other bloggers had to say:
Jennifer Jones: “The use of social media will decide the outcome of the election.”
Ustream advisor Shel Israel: “The internet is beginning to restore the democracy part of the elective process.”
Ustream advisor Jeremiah Owyang: “The web is empowering everyone to communicate and for figures in power to reach others, and be more human.”
Ustream.TV Founder, Brad Hunstable, met this past weekend with a few popular Ustreamers Bluefox and the People Powered Lifecasters Brian and Jeff. “It is always a honor to meet Ustreamers across the country. We pride ourselves on listening to our community and strengthening our relationships with them. Ustream from the beginning was created to help the community connect and experience life. It’s not second life, its real life” says Brad Hunstable.
For more information on Bluefox check out: http://www.ustream.tv/bluefox
For more information on People Powered check out: http://pplpwrd.tv/
You’ve probably heard that a former Stickam VP has alleged that Advanced Video Communications, which owns Stickam, also has extensive holdings in online porn, and that AVC employees share offices with Stickam employees, creating a situation that might concern Stickam users. We’re hopeful that Stickam can clear up any misunderstandings in the marketplace and get back to the business at hand.
When we founded Ustream.TV, we set out to create a climate where people of all ages around the globe could come and connect with each other through the power of live video. Johnny and I met at West Point and grew close while serving in the Army. We founded Ustream initially as a way to help connect our friends in the military stationed overseas with their loved ones back home. There are plenty of places out there for people to find the less savory content on the Web.
We want Ustream to stand for something else and truly be Live Interactive Video for Everyone.
Brad Hunstable, Founder Ustream.TV
This weekend you can see the LIVE creation of a new company on Ustream.TV. This is a fascinating idea and Ustream.TV will definitely follow their success. We can’t wait to see the final product! Good luck guys! See more information below:
by Michael Arrington of Techcrunch.com
StartupWeekend is occurring right now in Colorado. The goal – create a startup in one weekend, which will be called vosnap. Everyone who attends is a founder, with equal equity. Ideas for what the company will be have been gathered since June. Last night the group decided which idea to pursue out of fifty submissions.
The winner: a product that facilitates quick decision making among a group. Choices will be sent out to the group via email and text messages, responses are gathered within a window of time.
The weekend will be spent building it, and launch it by midnight Sunday night.
The event is being run by some of the guys from TechStars (a Y Combinator-like incubator), as well as others, but it is not one of the TechStars startups.
Weâ€™ll be updating with more information as the project progresses. Iâ€™m fascinated to see what seventy people are able to put together over one long weekend of hacking
Ustream.TV continues to lead the LIVE video streaming community by winning “Best of Show” at the highly respected Under The Radar Entertainment and Media Conference 2007. Ustream.TV also won the Internet TV category already previously announced.
“Ustream.TV continues to demonstrate the excitement and promise of LIVE video. We are honored to win this prestigious award. Ustream.TV will continue to innovate and grow to live up to such a honor,” says Brad Hunstable, Founder of Ustream.TV.
Ustream.TV was selected Best In Show out of a group 32 of the hottest companies in the entertainment and media industry.
The Under The Radar Conference presents startups who are shaping the future of entertainment and media. The Conference showcases the future leaders of innovation – startups with next big idea, seasoned management teams and pedigrees that get the blogosphere buzzing. For more information visit www.undertheradarblog.com.