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Emmett Shear Biography

Emmett Shear is an Internet entrepreneur and investor. He is the co-founder of live video platforms Justin.tv and TwitchTV. He's also a part-time partner at venture capital firm Y Combinator. Shear is also co-founder of Kiko Software, the first AJAX-based online calendar. Shear graduated from Yale University in 2005 with a degree in computer science.

In 2006, Shear, along with partners Justin Kan, Michael Seibel and Kyle Vogt, started Justin.tv, a 24-7 live video feed of Kan’s life, broadcast via a webcam attached to his head.

Kan’s “lifecasting” lasted about eight months but the four partners decided to transition to providing a live video platform so anyone could publish a live video stream. Justin.tv, the platform, launched in 2007 and is now one of the largest live video platforms in the world with more than 30 million unique users every month.

On August 29, 2011, Shear became CEO.

After Justin.tv launched in 2006, the site quickly began building subject-specific content categories like Social, Tech, Sports, Entertainment, News & Events, Gaming and others. Gaming, in particular, grew very fast and became the most popular content on the site.

The company then decided to spin off the gaming content under a separate brand at a separate site. They named it TwitchTV, inspired by the term twitch gameplay. It launched officially in public beta on June 6, 2011.

Shear became a part-time partner at Y Combinator in June 2011, where he offers advice to the new startups in each batch. He was a member of the first batch of YC-funded startups in 2005 for Kiko Calendar and was funded by YC again for Justin.tv

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Emmett Shear Biography

Emmett Shear is an Internet entrepreneur and investor. He is the co-founder of live video platforms Justin.tv and TwitchTV. He's also a part-time partner at venture capital firm Y Combinator. Shear is also co-founder of Kiko Software, the first AJAX-based online calendar. Shear graduated from Yale University in 2005 with a degree in computer science.

In 2006, Shear, along with partners Justin Kan, Michael Seibel and Kyle Vogt, started Justin.tv, a 24-7 live video feed of Kan’s life, broadcast via a webcam attached to his head.

Kan’s “lifecasting” lasted about eight months but the four partners decided to transition to providing a live video platform so anyone could publish a live video stream. Justin.tv, the platform, launched in 2007 and is now one of the largest live video platforms in the world with more than 30 million unique users every month.

On August 29, 2011, Shear became CEO.

After Justin.tv launched in 2006, the site quickly began building subject-specific content categories like Social, Tech, Sports, Entertainment, News & Events, Gaming and others. Gaming, in particular, grew very fast and became the most popular content on the site.

The company then decided to spin off the gaming content under a separate brand at a separate site. They named it TwitchTV, inspired by the term twitch gameplay. It launched officially in public beta on June 6, 2011.

Shear became a part-time partner at Y Combinator in June 2011, where he offers advice to the new startups in each batch. He was a member of the first batch of YC-funded startups in 2005 for Kiko Calendar and was funded by YC again for Justin.tv

Emmett Shear Videos

  • Twitch CEO Emmett Schear Joins Fortune's Brainstorm Tech I Fortune
    He discussed Twitch's evolution as a video streaming platform, new European copyright law Article 13 and controlling violent user...
  • Emmett Shear, Twitch CEO and Founder - How Twitch is ...
    Keynote: TV That Talks Back - Emmett Shear at PromaxBDA: The Conference 2016 Viewers love their long-form video, from movies to TV ...

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  • How to book Emmett Shear?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Emmett Shear for both live and virtual events for over 20 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Emmett Shear, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Emmett Shear or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Emmett Shear?

    Booking fees for Emmett Shear, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Emmett Shear, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Emmett Shear?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Emmett Shear for clients worldwide for more than 20 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Emmett Shear for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Emmett Shear or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Emmett Shear or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Emmett Shear is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Emmett Shear for your event is available upon request. Emmett Shear generally travels from San Francisco, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Justin Kan, Garry Tan, Megan Smith, John Collison and Tikhon Bernstam. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Emmett Shear for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Emmett Shear Speaker Videos

  • Twitch CEO Emmett Schear Joins Fortune's Brainstorm Tech I Fortune
    He discussed Twitch's evolution as a video streaming platform, new European copyright law Article 13 and controlling violent user content. Subscribe to Fortune -...
    Emmett Shear, Twitch CEO and Founder - How Twitch is ...
    Keynote: TV That Talks Back - Emmett Shear at PromaxBDA: The Conference 2016 Viewers love their long-form video, from movies to TV ...

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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