creativeLIVE Announces New San Francisco Studio and Blockbuster Business Lineup


Big things afoot for creativeLIVE! Today we unveiled two major announcements: Not only are we unveiling our new 12,000 square-foot San Francisco studio, we’re hosting a blockbuster business event there next week. Secrets From Silicon Valley, airing June 20 and 21, will feature a star-studded lineup of tech innovators, includng LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman, Google X visionary Megan Smith, ODesk CEO Gary Swart, and more. The full press release is below.


creativeLIVE to Feature Star-Studded Tech Line up in “Secrets from Silicon Valley” Broadcast
Launching Innovative New San Francisco Studio

SAN FRANCISCO (June 13, 2013) – creativeLIVE (, the world’s largest live video education platform,today announced the opening of its San Francisco broadcast studios. At a time when traditional broadcast networks are struggling to find new ways to engage viewers, creativeLIVE is growing its already successful live education platform that connects a worldwide audience with the foremost experts in various fields. creativeLIVE has already surpassed 12.5 million learning hours since launching in April 2010 and is now topping over 1 million learning hours per month.

This new studio will be the second location for creativeLIVE, which launched from a studio in Seattle in 2010. creativeLIVE has grown quickly by bringing live education online, allowing students to interact with the teachers and each other in real-time.

  • creativeLIVE has broadcast more than 250 live courses from 100 experts.
  • The largest course was attended by more than 150,000 students from 170 countries.
  • Over the past quarter, the average time per viewer per course was 3.9 hours.
  • creativeLIVE instructors have earned a total of over $3.5 million from teaching courses

“creativeLIVE has turned the existing paradigms of two behemoth industries upside down, online video and education,” said Mika Salmi, CEO of creativeLIVE. “We create engaging content by letting our audience interact with their heroes so they learn real skills that turn passions into professions.”

In its mission to unleash the potential of millions of creatives around the world, creativeLIVE is opening a 12,000+ square foot San Francisco studio in Potrero Hill on June 20. This studio will focus on harnessing the talent of Silicon Valley experts and distributing their skills-based expertise and real-world insights to global audiences. The new studio is a major step in scaling the creativeLIVE platform and growing the company’s footprint.

CreativeLIVE San Francisco opens its doors with “Secrets from Silicon Valley” – a two-day inaugural event from June 20-21. A handpicked, in-studio audience and two live broadcast channels will feature master classes given by Silicon Valley’s leading minds.

The “Secrets from Silicon Valley” lineup of master classes includes:

  • Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn & Ben Casnocha, entrepreneur and author
  • Tim Ferriss, New York Times best-selling author and founder of 4-Hour Workweek
  • David Goldberg, CEO SurveyMonkey – The Art of Asking a Question
  • Chris Guillebeau, New York Times bestselling author and entrepreneur
  • Chase Jarvis, co-founder of creativeLIVE and professional photographer
  • Guy Kawasaki, New York Times bestselling author
  • Glenn Kelman, CEO of Redfin
  • Sarah Leary & Nirav Tolia, co-founders of Nextdoor
  • Spencer Rascoff, CEO of Zillow
  • Toni Schneider, CEO of WordPress
  • Pamela Slim, business coach and author of Escape From Cubicle Nation
  • Megan Smith, VP of Google[x]
  • Gary Swart, CEO of oDesk
  • Niniane Wang, CTO of Minted

“I love helping entrepreneurs who are improving the world,” said Reid Hoffman, Founder of LinkedIn. “A platform like creativeLIVE gives a great opportunity to connect with innovators around the globe, share key experiences and lessons learned, and also in turn learn from them through the interactive format. I’m a big fan of creativeLIVE.”

Like all of creativeLIVE’s classes, this global live event will be interactive and allow online participants to ask questions of the world class experts and entrepreneurs via social media (Twitter and Facebook) in addition to interacting with each other.  The live event will be free to anyone around the world while it is being broadcast. If someone wishes to own the full broadcast (more than 30 hours of learning content), they can purchase it for streaming or download for $99.

For full details and to sign up to attend the “Secrets from Silicon Valley” event, please visit

About creativeLIVE
CreativeLIVE is committed to helping individuals grow their creative skillsets and expertise by connecting them with world-class experts and professionals. From introductory photography courses to multi-faceted business courses, creativeLIVE has broadcast over 12.5 million learning hours of live, free educational content online. The company was founded in April 2010 by world-renowned photographer and artist Chase Jarvis and entrepreneur Craig Swanson and has been profitable since day one. The company is led by CEO Mika Salmi, backed by Greylock Partners and has locations in Seattle and San Francisco.


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Whitney Ricketts is CreativeLive's Senior Communications Manager. Email her at whitney [dot] ricketts [at] creativelive [dot] com.