This artistic and professional revelation happened to coincide with the dawn of the 21st century and the emergence of social media. Photo and video sharing platforms were just around the corner. Chase noted a shared desire for community — for connection and learning — and so he got to work.
It started with a question Chase posed to himself in 2005: “What if I could step out of the way and leverage technology to connect my community — from up and comers to the top creators and entrepreneurs in the world — with this super-hungry, passionate, online audience of creatives?” Five years later, in 2010, CreativeLive was born.
On launch, CreativeLive focused on one major idea: a fresh approach to education. Anyone interested in learning could have access to visionaries, leaders, and professionals within the area of expertise they wanted to learn. Today, CreativeLive boasts 1500+ curated classes, 650+ world-class instructors, and more than 10 million students.
But the road wasn’t always so simple, and the path to building a successful business was lined with challenges and numerous pitfalls.
“I remember a list on this whiteboard,” says Chase. “It said, ‘Shit that is sure to break on launch,’ and it was a pretty long list of things like, ‘The cameras are going to fail. The live internet feed, the blah-blah-blah ... So there was plenty of fear, but the overwhelming anticipation [was that] of what was possible.’”
The what-ifs, hiccups and roadblocks didn’t stop him and a scrappy team of friends and volunteers. On the contrary, they emboldened him.
It makes sense, as anyone who has met Chase can attest to the fact that boldness is his defining quality. His personal mantra excludes any traces of cynicism, and his pursuits are pure in both focus and intent.
The photographer and creator that Chase is today stems from a journey of looking beyond expectations. Whether turning his back on a life that was expected of him or embracing failure as life’s greatest teacher, Chase lives with a sort of resilient optimism that’s not only inspirational, but downright contagious.