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Your Life on Camera with Ustream

In the age of social media, we’re dying to see all your indoor and outdoor exploits. What should you do? Go to the market for a camera with built-in Wi-Fi and Ustream integration. You will find several options from low to high-end products.

 

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‘We started the first integration project with Logitech in 2011. Since then we have worked with several companies, including Samsung, Panasonic and Chicony’ says Akos Gyimesi, Ustream’s Mobile Streaming Lead. Continue reading

Meet Ustream BI team leader who cooks up the hottest data

Balazs Szakacs is another Nomen est Omen member of Ustream. His family name is the Hungarian equivalent of the word, “cook”. So he likes preparing food and concocting the company’s important data.

 

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He’s been working at Ustream around a year and enjoys every minute of it. He works more than before and much more willingly. ‘It was a kind of interaction from the very first moment. Ustream wanted to find someone and I wanted to move forward in my career, too’ he explains. ‘I had to take the unique opportunity to be the leader of a green field investment. The company culture was also tempting, before I was working at a Scandinavian corporate company, and an American start-up was pretty new and exciting, compared to my previous experiences. Plus, the passion and enthusiasm what I saw on the faces in Ustream during my interviews grabbed me to make the final decision.’

 

And he hasn’t regretted it.

 

He works as the manager of the Business Intelligence Team which is responsible for making trusted and quality data available for everyone. It helps Ustream to become a data-driven company. During the last year he managed to build the right team and to find the proper people. To tell the truth, it wasn’t always easy to find people who are different enough to inspire each other but still can work together. After all, he believes ‘now I have the best experts and personalities on board’.

 

He needs them to be successful as the hard work has just started. The next months for example will be busy with improving and automatizing the data and reporting system. It’s a very challenging task what he experienced even on his very first day at the office. ‘In the morning, when I was over the administrative stuff and got my laptop I was looking for a desk to sit, I was walking around the office with all my things, and one of colleagues stopped me. “Ah, so you are the data guy! Could you make me a report till 5 P.M., I’ll have an important meeting.” It was quite funny’ he laughs.

 

When he needs some time off from his data-driven job, he goes for dancing. ‘! I’ve been dancing for four years, I tried different styles but my favorite one is West Coast Swing’ he says.

 

Well, it seems to be another reason why he’s a fine pair with Ustream, as the company’s headquarters is on the West Coast.

Meet Ustream’s product manager who’s keen on making an impact on people’s lives

Mark Tolmacs was one of the first employees of Ustream, almost 6 years ago. He started working with the company because he believed it can be part of history. And he wasn’t mistaken.

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‘Ustream was special to me from the beginning’ he starts. ‘I always wanted to make an impact on people’s lives and a company attempting live streaming sounded like an idea both bold and worthy. Today we are serving millions of streams every year and we are part of history.’ Continue reading

Enjoy 15 Minutes of Fame with PS4

So this is it. After almost a week, we can see the first numbers of PS4. Sony sold more than one million consoles within the first 24 hours. And you guys played almost the time of 23 years during the last few days.

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Pretty amazing, isn’t it?

 

So first of all, thank you everyone for your commitment. And as Andrew House, president and group CEO for Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. said on Friday “sales remain very strong in North America”, and similar enthusiasm is expected at the European and Latin American launch of PS4, we are all aware of the exponential growth in the near future. Continue reading

Meet Ustream’s core systems manager who’s responsible for annulling errors

The Latin proverb Nomen est Omen, or Name is Omen, couldn’t be truer for Zoltan Nemeth. He is known as Syntax among his friends and coworkers, clarifying that his responsibility to keep Ustream systems out of trouble, to get rid of errors.

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He started to work at the company in 2009 looking for a new challenge after working as an average developer at some Hungarian net services. ‘Ustream seemed very appealing, something new with great potential’ he says. ‘I came here for a front-end engineer position, which was not exactly my area but I thought it could be a good way to get inside the company.’ Continue reading

We’re ready for you to show the world you’ve got game

Ustream and Sony are joining forces in big way, as PlayStation4 (PS4) gameplay can soon be streamed live via Ustream. The integration allows players to share their games, watch others, and further interact on the Social Stream.

 

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“The project came to reality around the end of 2012, and all the engineers instantly fell in love with it. It’s related to gaming, it will be really big, and we are the first to do something like this. Who can ask for more?” laughs on his memories Zoltan Nemeth, Core Systems Manager. Continue reading

Meet Ustream’s product manager who is the Zen of the company

Balazs Kereskenyi started at Ustream at the company’s first big hiring wave… and he almost quitted after three months. Now, in his fourth year he doesn’t mind his decision to stay anyway.

 

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‘It was different then’ he explains. ‘It was the time when Hungarian related startups became to rise so they hired lots of people from the industry, engineers mainly. They offered above average wages, still startup-like atmosphere, and a promise that focusing on a single product and having long term goals, allowing developers to work meeting higher quality standards.’ Continue reading

Ustream iOS App Conquered CNET’s Rigorous Critic

Last month CNET wrote in a commendatory way about Ustream iOS app. Although, a lot has changed since then, CNET’s favourite part of the app, live viewing and broadcasting, are still the same.

 

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So first of all, thank you Ben Markton! It’s always a pleasure to read a favourable review from a pro, especially when it says “the app does a great job”.

 

‘It gives a tool for people to broadcast any important moments of their lives’ says Gergo Radnoczi, Product Manager of Ustream Mobile.  Continue reading

Meet the top dog of Ustream’s engineering teams

Gergely Hodicska is a dog person with having the type’s usual characteristics. He’s consistent, early adopter of new technologies and of course a proud dog owner. Only his leadership style is the exception.

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He has been with Ustream since the very first moments, starting as a developer and dreaming of being ‘part of the journey’ where a highly skilled engineering team could have been established. ‘I wanted to participate in building a unique company from the ground zero’ he says. And he nailed it.  Continue reading

Work as it was designed

People spend the major portion of their existence in the office, so designing the environment is as important as that of home. We, at Ustream, are fortunate as we can work at smartly designed offices on both sides of the Atlantic.

 

‘Both sites are located in cities with a strong regional “flavor” but both keep an eye to a global user base and opportunity’ says David Gibbons, VP of Product Marketing, about the most important similarity between the office in San Francisco, California and the European office in Budapest, Hungary. ‘Both have an open plan for promoting collaborative culture. Passion for innovative design and customer centric-thinking are also common characteristics of both offices.’

 

 

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Our San Francisco office

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