Things are cooking in the Bambuser kitchen. The Swedish live video streaming service has pointed out Hans Eriksson, CEO MySpace Nordic, to take over CEO tourch from Jonas Vig, co-founder and now previous CEO Bambuser.
As I met Måns Adler, founder of Bambuser, this weekend, he was very glad and excited about having Hans onboard, as well as where Bambuser is heading right now. Startups go through different stages and the time has now come to Bambuser to move on to acceleration stage where adding experience to team is a quite natural.
Hans Eriksson is a veteran in the field of building and managing online social networks. Before joining MySpace on February 2008 he had been working several years at Lunarworks, today Wyatt Media Group, a company focused on youth communities and services such as Bloglovin'. At MySpace he kickstarted by launching "the widget economy", a technological platform to allow users to develop their own Myspace applications, and monetize them through advertising and e-commerce. He's well around and about using Bambuser, as he already last summer launched a major MyScace summer-tour "Live in Nordics" using Bambuser for bloggers and vloggers to broadcast live video from Scandinavian festivals.
Hans Eriksson has got a nickname instead of his formal title at the Bambuser headquarters: "TOG, the old guy". Besides from him bringing in the grand old experience, it's true that his Bambuser profile picture does look a bit older than he is :)
Facebook and Twitter Integration
It's clear that Bambuser is focusing on making live video streaming a social object by increasing their presence on all the platforms and/or services their users prefer and are familiar with. Since we last wrote about Bambuser, it's not just a new guy that's been added to the company. Besides from being chosen as one of this year's Redherring 100 Europe finalists and nominated at the Europas they've put new features in the Bambuser goodiebag.
Together with "the old guy" Bambuser also announced its new Facebook integration. One can now connect Bambuser account with Facebook account enabling the live broadcasts be seen in the Facebook news feed. Watching broadcasts on demand will also be possible directly from the news feed. And of course, if you're on Twitter, one can auto-tweet to all ones Twitter followers every time live broadcasting is started.
They now also support several smartphone platforms including both Apple, Android, Symbian and Windows mobile. The iPhone app is still not accepted by Apple but there are instructions how to install it.
I think this is the right time for Bambuser to bring in more forces to be able to stay competitive and focused on the market.