UGC Video and Digital Entrepreneurship: Jukin Media’s Lee Essner

This week on All Things Video, the premier podcast about the online video industry, host James Creech interviews Lee Essner, President and COO of Jukin Media. Lee has a diverse background: after starting his career as an attorney, he was an executive at WeddingChannel.com and later founded his own health care startup.  Most recently he teamed up with Jonathan Skogmo at Jukin Media, a global entertainment company powered by user-generated online video content. Jukin receives over one billion monthly views across digital platforms and is the leader in curating and licensing the web’s most compelling UGC videos.

Check out the podcast here.  It’s also on iTunes or via the Stitcher Radio app for Google Play.

Highlights include:

  • The future of UGC video in newer formats such as virtual reality, 360-degree video (a source of “amazing footage”), and viral Facebook Live streams such as the “Chewbacca Mom” video.
  • Top books for digital entrepreneurs, such as The Innovator’s Dilemma by Clayton Christensen.
  • The profound differences between being a startup founder and being an employee.

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