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Michael Seibel (born 1982) is an American Internet entrepreneur and technology investor. He is former Co-Founder & CEO of mobile video startup Socialcam[1] and live streaming startup Justin.tv.[2] Socialcam was acquired by Autodesk Inc. in August 2012 for $60 million.[3] Currently, Michael is the General Manager of Socialcam and a Part-time Partner at Y-Combinator[4] .


Background & Family[edit]

Michael Seibel was born in Brooklyn, NY and lived there for his first 9 years. His family then moved to East Brunswick, NJ where he graduated from East Brunswick High School in 2000. After graduating Michael moved to New Haven, CT where he received a bachelors degree in political science at Yale University in 2005. He has two younger siblings and parents are from Brooklyn, NY and State College, PA.

Mfume for US Senate[edit]

In the fall of 2005, Michael moved to Baltimore, MD to join the Mfume for US Senate campaign. Kweisi Mfume was the first Democrat to declare candidacy for the Maryland US Senate seat vacated by Paul S. Sarbanes.[5] Michael was the campaign's Finance Director serving as the chief local and national fundraiser. The campaign raised over $1.3 million dollars[6] but ultimately lost the Democratic primary to Senator Ben Cardin[7] .

Justin.tv[edit]

In the winter of 2006, Michael joined Justin Kan, Emmett Shear, and Kyle Vogt to start Justin.tv.[8] Justin.tv launched in March 2007 as an online reality tv show featuring Justin Kan broadcasting his life 24/7.[9] In the summer of 2007, Justin.tv raised financing from Alsop Louie Partners [10] and in the fall of 2007, Justin.tv was reborn as a platform where anyone could broadcast or watch live video from anywhere in the world.[11] By the fall of 2010 - after raising additional capital from Alsop Louie Partners and Tim Draper - Justin.tv become profitable[12] and the founders decided to work on two new projects from within the company: Socialcam and Twitch.tv.

Socialcam[edit]

Socialcam is the easiest way share video with friends and family from your smartphone.[13] After launching in the spring of 2011[14] the founders of Justin.tv decided to spin off the app into a new company in early 2012. Socialcam was spun out with 3 founders, Guillaume Luccisano, Ammon Bartram. and Michael Seibel.[15] The company participated in the Y-Combinator winter 2012 class[16] and added over 13 million iOS and Android downloads in 3 months during the spring and summer of 2013. Autodesk Inc. bought Socialcam for $60 million in July 2012.[17]

Twitch.tv[edit]

Twitch.tv is a live streaming video site for gamers. It's integrated with Xbox[18] and Playstation[19] and over 45 million viewers watch video on Twitch every month. Emmett Shear, former co-founder and CTO of Justin.tv is the CEO of Twitch.

Y-Combinator[edit]

After selling Socialcam, Michael became a Part-time Partner at Y-Combinator.[20] Y-Combinator is a startup accelerator in Mountain View, CA. It helps early stage startups launch, grow, and raise seed capital.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kincaid, Jason (August 29, 2011). "After A Hot Start, Justin.tv Spins Off Socialcam, Its 'Instagram for Video'". Techcrunch. Retrieved 2 April 2014. 
  2. ^ Gannes, Liz (October 2, 2007). "Justin.tv Wins Funding, Opens Platform". GigaOM. Retrieved 2 April 2014. 
  3. ^ Lawler, Ryan (Jul 17, 2012). "Mobile Video Sharing App Socialcam Acquired By Autodesk For $60 Million". Techcrunch. Retrieved 2 April 2014. 
  4. ^ Ha, Anthony (May 16, 2013). "Y Combinator Adds Four Part-Time Partners, Including Groupon's Andrew Mason (Who's Also Starting A New Company)". Techcrunch. Retrieved 2 April 2014. 
  5. ^ Nitkin, David (March 15, 2005). "Mfume says he'll run for U.S. Senate seat Read more: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/bal-te.md.mfume15mar15,0,6329575.story#ixzz2xlb3ZVun". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 2 April 2014.  External link in |title= (help)
  6. ^ "Kweisi Mfume". Influence Explorer. Retrieved 2 April 2014. 
  7. ^ Block, Ben (September 12, 2006). "Cardin wins democratic U.S. Senate primary". The Diamondback. Retrieved 2 April 2014. 
  8. ^ Guynn, Jessica (April 8, 2007). "There's food for thought at Justin.tv -- even if it's just an afterthought". SF Chronicle. Retrieved 2 April 2014. 
  9. ^ Guynn, Jessica (March 30, 2007). "IT'S JUSTIN, LIVE! ALL DAY, ALL NIGHT! / S.F. startup puts camera on founder's head for real-time feed, and a star is born". SF Chronicle. Retrieved 2 April 2014. 
  10. ^ "A Tale of Four Founders – and Four Companies". Alsop Louie Partners - PERSPECTIVES. 
  11. ^ Guynn, Jessica (October 03, 2007). "Welcome to their world -- all of it". LA Times. Retrieved 2 April 2014.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  12. ^ "A Tale of Four Founders – and Four Companies". Alsop Louie Partners - PERSPECTIVES. 
  13. ^ "Socialcam". Socialcam Inc. Retrieved 2 April 2014. 
  14. ^ Needleman, Rafe (March 9, 2011). "Socialcam: Mobile video sharing done right". CNET. Retrieved 2 April 2014. 
  15. ^ Kincaid, Jason (August 29, 2011). "After A Hot Start, Justin.tv Spins Off Socialcam, Its 'Instagram for Video'". Techcrunch. Retrieved 2 April 2014. 
  16. ^ Eldon, Eric (January 30, 2012). "SocialCam Is Growing, But It's The Latest Alum Startup Returning To Y Combinator Anyway". Techcrunch. Retrieved 2 April 2014. 
  17. ^ Hardy, Quentin (JULY 17, 2012). "Autodesk's Socialcam Play". New York Times. Retrieved 2 April 2014.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  18. ^ Gilbert, Ben (April 1, 2014). "On Xbox One, game broadcasters are quickly catching up to PlayStation 4". Engadget. Retrieved 2 April 2014. 
  19. ^ Stuart, Keith (March 20, 20114). "PlayStation 4 update brings Twitch streaming and video editor". The Guardian. Retrieved 2 April 2014.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  20. ^ Ha, Anthony (May 16, 2013). "Y Combinator Adds Four Part-Time Partners, Including Groupon's Andrew Mason (Who's Also Starting A New Company)". Techcrunch. Retrieved 2 April 2014. 


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