When I was a junior in college, I spent many late nights in the video editing suite of the Modern Culture & Media department. It was a quiet lab, but occasionally I’d be there with another student named Chris Savage.

My cofounder, Dan, sometimes joined me to work on video projects, but I rarely joined him in the CIT Lab. Had I, I would’ve likely met another student by the name of Brendan Schwartz.

Fast forward two years to 2006, and Chris and Brendan started a company - Wistia - that eventually came to be an awesome video platform for small and medium sized businesses. I was an early user of their first product, and then Dan and I became customers of their next product, as the video back-end for our first company, HomeField (now Rightplay). 

Still with me?

No matter. Point is, it’s funny how small the world is, and how some people are just inextricably weaved into the fabric of your life. Chris and Brendan are exactly that, and they’re simply awesome people, too.

So, when the guys came to town last week, I thought it’d be a great chance to shoot a quick interview with them. Despite the funky color (is Chris purple? Am I?) and my lazy jump-cutting, I think you get a great sense of Wistia and how they look at the world. If you’re into the video ecosystem, it’s worth a watch.

Some highlights:

  • 1:14 Chris describes the Wistia Learning Center.
  • 2:16 The launch of their new HTML5 player!
  • 4:04 Using video for business.
  • 8:42 What are the biggest challenges in our space?

An Open Letter to New YouTube CEO, @SusanWojcicki — “Don’t F*** It Up.”

Dear Susan,

Now, in your hands is a consumer product that touches billions of people around the globe. Through YouTube the world has witnessed countless memorable events — from Felix Baumgartner’s epic live jump from space to the more pedestrian “Charlie bit my finger.” Every day, new creators are made, new content is watched, and new communities are formed. In short, YouTube is a stunningly impressive behemoth and arguably the best consumer-web acquisition of all time.

So please, I’m begging you, please, please, please, don’t f*** it up…

[You can read the rest here].

milkmadeicecream:

Happy weekend! It was a snowy one here in NYC. 
Taking a minute to say THANK YOU to you all for spreading the word about our Kickstarter (#Lickstarter!) this first week. We’re building a great team, and here is a list of those who are a part of it. You guys are awesome. 
Join the MilkMade team today and get yo name on this list!
www.milkmadeicecream.com/lickstarter 

1. I can’t believe Soraya beat me to the punch and was the first backer! 
2. Get on this! MilkMade makes a great gift to your loved ones… and that includes yourself! High-res

milkmadeicecream:

Happy weekend! It was a snowy one here in NYC. 

Taking a minute to say THANK YOU to you all for spreading the word about our Kickstarter (#Lickstarter!) this first week. We’re building a great team, and here is a list of those who are a part of it. You guys are awesome. 

Join the MilkMade team today and get yo name on this list!

www.milkmadeicecream.com/lickstarter 

1. I can’t believe Soraya beat me to the punch and was the first backer! 

2. Get on this! MilkMade makes a great gift to your loved ones… and that includes yourself!

I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death.

RIP Nelson Mandela

We were changing things, and we saw from the church groups who protested us, the plain clothes cops that would come to our shows and camp out outside SST, we knew we were making a difference. And while I don’t think we were important, I knew we were onto something, and we never—didn’t make us think that we were any big damn deal at all. But we knew we were making ripples in an otherwise placid pool.

Henry Rollins, talking about the influence Black Flag had on Southern California at the time. (via matyus)

(via matyus)