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Ben Rubin — Co-founder, Life On Air Inc
Hi guys!

Co-founder of Air here. I was hoping to get some feedback on this new thing we’ve been working on called Meerkat. --Meerkat's mission is to get live streams to travel at the speed of tweets, so it's riding the fastest news distributor network out there, Twitter.

Recently, we've been thinking about the wide range of news events and conversations happening around the world. Whether it’s civil rights issues being protested in Ferguson or musicians interrupting each other at an awards show, we kept wondering if we could get access to these moments in an easier way.

We wanted to give you the option to press one button and stream live video over Twitter in the most frictionless way possible. Seamlessly moving the conversation that happens on the live stream to Twitter and vice vera.

It's a "Hands off" live streaming layer on top of Twitter, so all connections are made automatically for you on the go. You don't need to do anything, there is no search/profiles/feed etc. As soon as you want to live stream something all your followers on Twitter will be notified that you're going live and can start watching you and what you're seeing.

Lastly, you can also schedule upcoming streams in the next 24 hours.

Think about it as a live video button for Twitter :)

Looking forward hearing from you all!
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Doug van Spronsen — Partner, Versett
@benrbn I really like the onboarding and simplicity of the app. I can see it being an effective anti-FOMO tool for friends (and especially fans)

Do you see the product evolving to a point where users would have the ability to charge a small fee to access the stream?
Brian Clark — Co Founder, HDP Health
@benrbn Could use @linktexting!
Ben Rubin — Co-founder, Life On Air Inc
@linktexting @blaurenceclark right! that's great! thanks!
Ced — Founder at Schooold
@benrbn took me a couple of days to check this out...but this is dope. Slick access and a great shared experience. How are you addressing "questionable" or offensive content?
Guy Avigdor — Founder & COO, Klear
@benrbn fantastic stuff Ben. Goid luck.
Pete — Front-end engineer
I was working on the same exact app... kinda depressed right now. :'(
Ben Rubin — Co-founder, Life On Air Inc
@httpete PETE! What makes you think you are not capable of doing something better/different? It would be a very sad world if people just give up on ideas. I can tell you that live video space is still broken in terms of distribution mechanism, and that obviously Meerkat is not perfect. there's a very good chance that anyone in the world would come up with a better product / perspective. Please, go back to code. that's how we all build better things together, even when we work separately. --we learn from eachother.
Eddie DaRoza — Video Producer - Social Media Marketing
@httpete @benrbn Awesome response. Keep on truckin Pete!
mike oliver — Product at Alma
Pete — Front-end engineer
Thanks for you answer :) I do not plan on giving up the development... but the concept is not similar, it is literally the exact same concept (mechanism around twitter etc...)
Well, I am going to fight on UX/UI though ;) see you
Jonathan Frankel — Founder & CEO, Nucleus
@httpete @benrbn Ben, what an incredibly generous and encouraging thing to say. Whether or nor meerkat succeeds (and it seems to be going really well!), you have already succeeded at life with an attitude like that. Thank you for brightening my day.
Ben Rubin — Co-founder, Life On Air Inc
@httpete If you don't plan to give up you are already a winner.
Martin Bavio — Full Stack Designer
@benrbn I just came here to say this: CLAP CLAP CLAP
Ross@GoLocalApps — GoLocalApps
@httpete @benrbn Too often in the tech market people assume there will only end up one major player for any given idea. Probably the one thing that annoys me the most.

There can be many players in the same area. Even for the exact same product.
Zac Coffman-Magaha — Marketing Consultant/Social @
@httpete As everyone else has said, don't give up! As @mijustin mentions in Episode 9 of the Build & Launch podcast, just because a competitor has the same idea, there will be something different that differentiates yours from theirs.
Nicholas Sheriff — Founder, Quest
@httpete @benrbn I love everything about this and I mean absolutly freakin everything! Going to be a meerkat user for sure love the concept. Keep up the stellar work Ben!
Ben Rubin — Co-founder, Life On Air Inc
Jason Towns — managing director @ groundwork
@httpete @benrbn What a great response.
Murat Karademir — nomad,istanbul
@httpete @benrbn i took screenshot of this response and will post it our startup community door (@istanbul).
Ben Rubin — Co-founder, Life On Air Inc
Dayo Balogun — Founder/CEO @TrackBeat
@benrbn @httpete Though it's 8 month since Ben wrote the above comment but I just had to post a reply commending him on his encouragement and ideal to life. Whereby we can all make a contribution to the world, even if you're a competitor or not. He come across like an amazing human being. Good luck and keep encouraging. :)
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