About the Company
Vidcaster's mission is to enable clients to maximize their return on video production and distribution efforts by providing simple cloud-based tools to brand, stream, measure and monetize video content across popular services and devices.
Kieran is Vidcaster’s original founder and technical brains. His career began before he even graduated from high school as a daily producer of a live sports TV program for his high school’s top ranked basketball team. Kieran went on to raise $500k while an undergrad at Indiana University to create a completely student-run television station that still thrives today. After graduation he moved to San Francisco to work at Omnicom’s OMD Group as a media buyer, sharpening his analytical and business skills to help him found VidSF, a partnership with SF Chronicle and other SF-based media groups to create a local online video destination property. The core technology for this product evolved to become Vidcaster.
Steve grew up in Fairfax, Virginia. He studied informatics and graphic design at Indiana University Bloomingon, where he met Kieran and Ray and led the IT team for the TV station they founded. After moving cross-country to the Bay Area to be at the center of the web industry, Steve helped develop user interfaces for Arena Solutions’s product management software, used by clients such as Tesla Motors, Intuit and Segway to manage their product design processes. Steve left Arena in 2009 to focus his efforts on Vidcaster.
Jiang grew up in the heart of Silicon Valley, and he has always been fascinated by computers and technology. This led him to pursue a electrical engineering and computer science degree from U.C Berkeley. After graduating in the fall of 2010, Jiang started working at a coworking space in San Francisco, and it is there that he met the Vidcaster team. Jiang officially joined the company in summer 2011.
Adria was born and raised in Palo Alto. She escaped Silicon Valley for 7 years to pick up a BA in German Language and an MA in Political Science. The excitement of "Web 2.0" lured her back to the Bay Area in 2006 to pursue a career in the Internet industry. Adria discovered front-end web development to be a perfect match for her creativity, entrepreneurial interests, and obsessive compulsiveness. She joined Vidcaster in January 2012, after code-wrangling at Credit.com since 2009. When she's not pushing pixels around, Adria enjoys slack-lining, camping, and cooking vegan food as well as bacon.
Thinh joined the Vidcaster team as a back-end engineer in early 2011. He received his undergrad in computer science from California Poly Pomona. As an engineer, Thinh is a "skillful contriver or originator of something", according to the Oxford Dictionary. Prior to Vidcaster, Thinh contrived to get himself into all kinds of trouble as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Jamaica, where he worked to improve literacy in his community through the use of technology. In his spare time, Thinh enjoys cooking, bouldering, yoga, and noodling on his guitar.
Sales and Strategy
Matt Childs is in charge of Sales and Strategy at Vidcaster. Prior to Vidcaster, Matt was an early evangelist for enterprise business applications, and a well known experimenter with social media. He is best recognized for founding DreamSimplicity, a popular tech blog and video channel devoted to the enterprise cloud. His background growing sales organizations in early stage startups for the past 7 years, is fueling rapid customer adoption at Vidcaster. Additionally, Matt has been instrumental in writing, directing and deploying over 1000+ videos for use in highly targeted B2B social media campaigns worldwide, his expertise is in creating and deploying interactive media to targeted audiences on the social web.
Product and Customer Support
The resident Customer Liaison here at Vidcaster, Danielle answers your questions, solves your problems, and plans the new features you want to see on your Vidcaster site. Danielle comes to Vidcaster with more than two years of experience in marketing and project management. As a Campaign Manager at DreamSimplicity, Danielle learned the ins and outs of video marketing, managing video projects varying from customer testimonials to animations. Danielle received her Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Barnard College in New York City.
Ryan was born in Victoria, BC, but in true ex-pat fashion has spent most of his adult years enjoying everything both US coasts have to offer. Coming back to San Francisco after his latest stint in the Pacific Northwest, he's starting to flex his backend developr and QA muscles. In his downtime he enjoys cooking and semi-competitive Magic: the Gathering matches.
Vidcaster’s first incarnation was a custom content workflow and publishing workflow solution for a local video media property called VidSF.com. The team inspired and led a large local community of volunteer videographers to produce original local video content as an alternative to traditional broadcast television, eventually forging content and distribution partnerships with leading traditional and new media outlets in the San Francisco Bay Area.
The founders soon saw an opportunity to further the mission of the company by opening the powerful video workflow management tool they created for their own operations to the outside world. They called it Vidcaster. By providing easy-to-use and powerful building blocks to video content creators, Vidcaster's founders hope to free video producers to focus on the content and the effect their content has on the world instead of technical and workflow logistics.
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