CreativeLive unleashes the creative potential of millions by connecting them live with the world's most inspiring experts.

Learn. Be inspired.

CreativeLive empowers you to unleash your potential by bringing the world’s greatest experts directly to you, live. Featuring workshops in photography, video, design, business, audio, music, and software training, CreativeLive unlocks previously closed doors by making dynamic education accessible to everyone.

Anyone can watch our live online workshops — for free — and interact with instructors in real time. The future of education is interactive, free, and live now. Join us.

Our History

CreativeLive was founded in 2010 by Chase Jarvis and Craig Swanson, who partnered to create an online space where they could connect the world’s top creatives LIVE with a global audience of aspiring creative professionals.

The results were astounding. Within months, tens of thousands of users had watched live, free classes and a huge portion of them had also purchased the courses. Now streaming live from studios in Seattle and San Francisco, CreativeLive has broadcast more than 600 courses to more than 2 million students worldwide.


Chase Jarvis

Co-founder and CEO

Award winning photographer, director, and media maven Chase Jarvis, co-founded CreativeLive in 2010 to share free creative education with aspiring artists and entrepreneurs worldwide. In addition to his work creating campaigns for Nike, Apple, RedBull, Starbucks and other Fortune 100 companies Chase is widely recognized for creating Best Camera - the world's first photo app to share images to social networks - which kicked off the mobile photography/sharing craze.

Craig Swanson

Co-founder / Head of Curriculum Development

Craig co-founded CreativeLive in 2010. He previously founded CreativeTechs, Seattle's premiere team of Macintosh experts and consultants for Seattle photographers, design firms, ad agencies and in-house creative departments. Craig brings a depth of experience built on almost two decades supporting creative teams of all shapes and sizes.


James Slavet

Board Member

James is a partner at Greylock Partners, where he focuses on e-commerce, online advertising and Web-enabled business services. James has been a founder and early employee of several startups, as well as a senior executive leading business units with hundreds of millions of dollars in annual revenue. James was named to the 2012 Forbes Midas List, which recognizes top VC tech investors.

Caterina Fake

Board Member

Caterina is a leading Internet entrepreneur. She co-founded Flickr, one of largest photo hosting and sharing sites in the world, and Hunch, which connects users with products and places that match their interest. Caterina is also CEO and founder of Findery and Chairman of Etsy, the most popular marketplace for handmade crafts. Fake has also been advisor to and investor in numerous business start-ups.

Ted Maidenberg

Board Member

Ted Maidenberg is a General Partner at The Social+Capital Partnership – a venture capital fund based in Palo Alto, CA that incubates and invests in breakthrough companies in healthcare, education, financial services, mobile and enterprise software. Ted was previously a Partner at U.S. Venture Partners and spent 7 years at Time Warner in both operating and investing roles.

Mika Salmi

Board Member

Mika founded AtomFilms, which pioneered short-form digital content and later merged with game company shockwave.com, eventually selling to Viacom for $200 million in 2006. Mika served as President of Global Digital Media at Viacom, where he led over 1,500 employees worldwide and helped Viacom quadruple its digital revenues. Mika began his career in the music business with independent label TVT where he discovered and signed Nine Inch Nails.


Brent Ayrey


Prior to joining CreativeLive, Brent was VP of Product Innovation at Netflix, where he helped Netflix transition from a US-only DVD company into a global streaming company with over 25M streaming subscribers. Brent earlier held product roles at Yahoo! and with tech companies in his native New Zealand.

Jon Cunningham

COO and Board Member

In 1998 Jon co-founded Groovetech, Inc., a pioneering streaming media and ecommerce venture, leading the company to a public offering on the LSE/AIM and its subsequent acquisition. Jon has extensive experience managing all aspects of digital business strategy and a proven track record leading companies from startup to maturity with a focus on operational efficiency.

Rick Silvestrini

VP, Marketing

Prior to joining CreativeLive, Rick spent 5 years at YouTube helping revolutionize online video. As a Product Manager for Monetization, he oversaw ad products with hundreds of millions of dollars in annual revenue. He later built and ran a Global Product Marketing Team supporting over 20 countries. Before YouTube, Rick spent several years in New York advertising agencies, including McCann Erickson and Grey Worldwide.

Ryan Vance

VP, Content

Ryan is a television industry veteran, bringing over 18 years of visual storytelling experience to CreativeLive. He was previously SVP of Programming at Discovery Digital Networks, overseeing content efforts there as well as at the company’s previous incarnation, Revision3. Prior to that he was an Executive Producer at the Comcast network G4, creating and running a variety of series and live events. He’s also developed and run shows for HGTV, DIY, SyFy and TechTV.

Megan Acree Zengerle

VP, People Operations

Megan knows how to team up talented professionals with the most ambitious start-ups in the marketplace. She was previously Head of Talent at the successful Y Combinator digital document library, Scribd. Megan is also the founder of MPower Recruiting where she specialized in early stage start-up recruiting and hiring infrastructure, partnering with many top technology clients to create industry changing teams.