Max Haot, May 23, 2014
Livestream, the leader in live video with more than 300,000 producers and 40 million monthly viewers across the globe, announced its move today to bring its headquarters to Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York. The move marks a first for technology companies relocating to the outer boroughs, with Livestream poised to bring technology, arts, entertainment and manufacturing back to its roots in Bushwick.
A message from Max Haot, Livestream's Co-Founder & CEO :
Dear Customers and Partners,
We’re incredibly excited to announce that Livestream is doing what millions of people from around the world and a little more than half of our staff have already done - we’re moving to Brooklyn or more precisely Bushwick - an exciting industrial and creative neighborhood within Brooklyn, New York.
Tuesday next week we will be leaving our Chelsea home in Manhattan where we grew from a team of ten people to more than 80 and opening a new headquarters in one of the most vibrant and fastest-growing neighborhoods in New York City or anywhere else. As we said in The New York Times today, we’re confident that all of the old factories surrounding our new space will one day be filled with amazing tech companies. But for now, it’s just us.
The 30,000 feet we’re building out in the building - plus 15,000 on the roof and more to come - give us a stable long term base of operations and will allow us to continue to accelerate our growth and keep enhancing our live streaming products and services to support our mission to democratize live video broadcasting for events. That focus won’t change. Our servers and infrastructure are staying at 111 8th Avenue in New York City - and around the world via our content-delivery network partners’ global infrastructure.
But this great old Bushwick building allows us to build on our existing Livestream services with a phenomenal new initiative that we’re calling Livestream Public. We’re going to use the event and education space on the first floor of our building to host classes on how to Livestream events - from learning single camera production and the basics of the Livestream service to multi-camera production using Livestream Studio. This will help our customers and partners enhance their skills but also to train and educate new entrants to the world of live streaming. Every classroom will of course be setup with cameras and Livestream Studio HD510 live production switchers so that we can share every class and events with people that cannot be here at Livestream Public. We also plan to host a yearly customer event which will be announced later this year.
Bushwick is home to an incredible creative and entrepreneurial community who use to teach and attend classes here at 3rd Ward (the previous tenant). Over time, we will experiment and invite back the Bushwick’s community of makers and artists with one major change from the classes that once happened here: all classes and events will be live streamed worldwide online.
We’re starting Livestream Public slowly and will have more to say over the summer and fall, but look forward to hosting an official event of Bushwick Open Studios next week, right after our team moves in.
Livestream Public has partnered with Fitzcarraldo - an independent restaurant residing within Livestream Public. Fitzcarraldo is open to the public in the evenings and on weekends and will offer, beginning next Tuesday, breakfast and lunches for the Livestream team and our partners/clients visiting us in Bushwick.
I am also excited to announce that Livestream is bringing manufacturing back to Bushwick, decades after the region’s manufacturing jobs largely moved abroad. We’re starting slowly here too, but, by June we’ll be assembling our Studio Surface control panel in Bushwick and shipping them directly to you.
There’s a lot more to say, and we’ll be sharing new developments with you in the weeks and months ahead.
Until then, I couldn't be more appreciative of all of our staff and partners - and you - for helping us grow so quickly over the last seven years. On behalf of the global Livestream, we look forward to seeing you in - or from - Bushwick.
Co-Founder and CEO