Hello fellow Rumble’rs! All while we have been fixing annoying bugs and trying to bring awesome features, we have quietly been trying to assemble a team of brilliant and experienced minds that will help give YouTube a run for their money. Let me explain…
Before the existence of Rumble, our team was working on Jokeroo since 2001, the days when video lived mostly on sites like CollegeHumor and EbaumsWorld. Our community was tightly knit and we all knew each other fairly well, I even remember visiting the CollegeHumor offices over 10 years ago! But the guys at CollegeHumor didn’t stop there, they kept pushing and created YouTube’s only real threat, Vimeo. After introducing Rumble in 2013, it only made sense to reach out to one of the most knowledgeable people I knew in video, Josh Abramson. It didn’t take long for Josh, the co-founder of Vimeo, CollegeHumor and BustedTees to recognize the value we are trying to provide users.
At the same time, we were speaking to another industry friend, Kan Singh, who co-founded Plurk.com and Zippy Videos. Let me put this in perspective; Zippy Videos was a top 100 video uploading site before YouTube existed. Yup, you heard that right, before YouTube. Unfortunately, bandwidth bills were outrageous and they had to shut down, while YouTube received funding and continued to grow.
Our entire team at Rumble has thought long and hard on how to take on video. We watched YouTube crush Zippy Videos before 2005, we watched sites like CollegeHumor and Jokeroo pivot to create its own niche. We even watched Vimeo pose a really serious threat. But in 2014, all those minds have finally come together. We at Rumble are so happy to announce that both Josh and Kan have decided to join Rumble’s advisory board. With their help and their direction, we will push to become a YouTube alternative for video creators and the best social video news provider for all of our publishing partners. We feel strongly that we are ready to take it on.
As Michael Buffer says, let’s get ready to Rumble!!!!!