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Emmett Shear - The New Language of the Internet – [Founder’s Field Guide, EP.9]

Released Thursday, 26th November 2020
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My guest today is Emmett Shear, founder and CEO of Twitch. Twitch is the world's leading live streaming platform for gamers, which was acquired by Amazon in 2014. We talk about how Twitch empowers streamers to monetize their audience, the necessity of picking a customer early in a business, and the lessons Emmett learned scaling Twitch from an online reality TV show to a global brand inside Amazon. We also discuss how Twitch has helped create a new language in the internet age with emotes, a topic I am fascinated by. I hope you enjoy this conversation with Emmett Shear.

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Show Notes
(2:52) – (First question) – History of interactive entertainment
(4:10) – Interactivity from the clubs in Vienna and what he learned from that
(5:16) – Origins of Justin.TV and when gaming became the focus for Twitch
(8:59) – What he enjoyed about video streaming games early on
(10:21) – Interactive experience between creators and community
(12:28) – Emotes on twitch and how they came to be
(14:45) – Business of emotes and the affiliates
(16:27) – How these features are proliferating out on the internet and changing it
(17:21) – How far we are in the streamer-influencer phenomenon
(20:00) – Building an effective platform for fans
(23:07) – Evolution of the just chatting piece of Twitch
(24:58) – Favorite parts of Twitch from followers: Chess
(26:45) – Running a business within a larger business
(28:09) – Most interesting trend in the market today
(30:40) – Effective ways for recruiting the team
(31:35) – Most curious about what is happening on the internet today
(33:06) – Advice from the early days of Twitch
            (35:55) – Ira Glass video taste and making things
(36:34) – Focus on strategic mission
(38:06) – Identifying the customer
(40:40) – Starting small
(41:45) – Investors focus on potential market size
(43:00) – Most common reasons talented people fail
(43:47) – Kindest thing anyone has done for him

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