unleashing the creative potential of millions

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, crafting, 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 core values


We strive to surprise and delight.


Education is a fundamental
human right.


We're all in this together.


Excellence is our standard.


Not all who wander are lost.


Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.


Making stuff matters.

how it started

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

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.

Ted Maidenberg

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

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.


Jon Cunningham

CIO 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.

Mak Azadi

COO, Business & Operations

Mak is a veteran consumer goods and ecommerce executive with deep experience in business strategy, operations, business/corporate development, product and general management. Mak was most recently Senior VP of Operations at ItsOn Mobile and General Manager of their Zact.com division. He previously led operations, customer experience and strategy teams for companies including Shutterfly, Tiny Prints, Starbucks and Amazon.

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 People & Business Operations at the successful Y Combinator, Scribd. Megan is also the founder of MPower Recruiting where she specialized in early stage start-up recruiting and operations infrastructure, partnering with many top technology clients to create industry changing teams.

JP Sanday

VP, Growth

Prior to joining CreativeLive, Jean-Paul was VP of User Growth at Kiwi, a mobile gaming startup. Jean-Paul has experience running several large-scale marketing campaigns on both Android and iOS across 90+ marketing channels and has led the creation of robust in-house analytics engines. Before Kiwi, Jean-Paul co-founded a mobile ad network, spent time in product management at Amazon and was on the investing team at Summit Partners.

Roger Gonzalez

VP, Engineering

With 25 years experience in software development, Roger has a proven track record of mastering complex problem domains and guiding teams to produce quality products. He’s passionate about solving challenges of scale, performance, and reliability presented by evolving business requirements. Roger’s previous experience includes leading engineering at Razorfish for clients including Intel, Farmers Insurance, Activision, HTC, Stanford, West Marine, and Toyota, as well as Rivet Games, Playdom, Adobe and Macromedia.