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YouTube and AVOS Cofounder Chad Hurley to Speak at Ithaca College

ITHACA, NY—YouTube cofounder and former CEO Chad Hurley will give a presentation at Ithaca College on Wednesday, Sept. 25. Hurley, who left the video site to help start up a new company, AVOS Systems, will speak at 7:30 p.m. in Emerson Suites, Phillips Hall. Part of the Park Distinguished Visitor Series, the event is free and open to the public.

YouTube is the third most visited website in the world and the most popular video sharing site. At the genesis and development of this phenomenon is Chad Hurley, whose transition from working at PayPal to founding and growing YouTube has become the stuff of legend in business, technology, social and educational circles.

YouTube currently attracts over 800 million unique users watching over four billion hours of video each month. With 72 hours of new video uploaded to YouTube every minute, there is more content added to the site in less than a month than the combined ABC, NBC and CBS television networks created in their first 60 years.

Soon after he and his partner sold YouTube to Google Inc. for $1.6 billion in 2007 — Hurley still serves as an advisor to the company — they cofounded AVOS Systems, which creates platforms and builds products that enable individuals to use their time more efficiently in their everyday lives.

AVOS recently launched MixBit, a mobile video sharing application. Like Vine and Instagram, the app lets users shoot and upload video snippets from their smartphones. The difference is that MixBit encourages collaborative creation, often among complete strangers, since once a video is uploaded it is fair game for other users to edit, splice and mix with their own, making new videos up to an hour long.

In his Ithaca College appearance, Hurley will discuss his role in managing the phenomenal growth of YouTube and share the lessons he learned from his experiences in creating a “game-changer” in how content is consumed and shared in the modern era. He will also forecast what the future holds for the ever-evolving landscape of emerging technology and the shifting paradigm of media production and distribution.

The program will use an interview format, with Hurley being interviewed by Bob Regan, director of the Dr. Keshishoglou Center for Global Communications Innovation in the Roy H. Park School of Communications. The center serves as an academic hub for the study and dissemination of innovation in both the theory and practical professional application of communications. The presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer session with the audience.

The Park Distinguished Visitor series is sponsored by the Roy H. Park School of Communications and is made possible through the generosity of the Park Foundation. Past visitors have included James Carville, Arianna Huffington, Christiane Amanpour, Ken Burns and Bill Moyers.

For more information, contact Melissa Gattine, marketing communications manager in the Park School, at (607) 274-1023 or mgattine@ithaca.edu.



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