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Deep Thoughts and Reflections from SnapStream’s 2014 Summer Interns

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Meet SnapStream’s 2014 Summer Interns!

We loved having these smart, young minds on our dev team this summer! Here’s a glimpse into what SnapStream’s interns experienced and learned:

Evan Liu

So much has happened this summer at SnapStream, it’s hard to recall all of it. The other interns and I arrived just as work on social media integration began. We were able to work with new technologies including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, as well as learn new Web development techniques. Collectively, the interns were able to implement a bunch of cool new features that we are very proud of.

SnapStream is an incredible company to intern at. Because everyone on the team is very friendly and eager to help if we had any problems, working at SnapStream was an enjoyable experience. Personally, I appreciated the laid-back work environment the most. It’s very refreshing to be able to work without constant micro-management.

Working at SnapStream has taught me a lot of new things and skills. Here are a few important points:

  • MVC is a pretty cool thing
  • CSS is a thing
  • Internet Explorer ruins everything
  • Caffeine is valid

All in all, my experience here has been incredible. I’ll look fondly upon my time here and will miss working at SnapStream.

Shuu Hossain

Working for SnapStream has been quite the experience for me; I’ve learned so much in my short time here.

Before I worked here, I was so scared of working for an actual software development company. This was partially because I wasn’t particularly confident in my skills, but mainly because of social environment reasons. As a fairly extremely introverted person, it’s already difficult for me to socialize, and with the ratio of women to men in dev companies being as low as it is, it seemed even more daunting to make friends.

Despite this company also sporting a similar male-dominated workforce, I never once felt lonely while working here. In this small company, I feel rich in friends. Everyone is so nice and caring and the community is so close-knit that, despite being an intern, I really felt comfortable here.

I learned so much in terms of software development during my three months here as well. Probably even more than in my entire college career! I’m only about to enter my second year of university at UT Austin, but my point stands.

This wasn’t just my first experience in real-world programming, but programming outside of school as well. It was overwhelming the first day coming here and learning how to use programming environments that I never encountered before. Before coming here I had never once touched C# or SQL and I’d only fiddled with Javascript. But now I feel fairly confident in all three!

Honestly, I am glad I was as inexperienced as I was when I first entered. It made me feel free to ask “dumb” questions, which were all answered, either by my mentors or the internet. Everyone was very patient with me, either explaining concepts and issues to me, or redirecting me to sources where I could study for myself.

Each assignment I was given gave me a hundred questions to get answers for. I learned by breaking things, or doing things not quite right. I was so afraid of doing either but now I’m glad when I do, because it means I can learn how things work, or how to do things better. Whenever I submitted code for review, I would hope that it would be sent back to me for changes, because each time it came back, I would be able to track down new questions and learn even more.

I’m so thankful to have had this opportunity. It’s been an honor to have been the first female developer in the history of this company!

Jeff Hertzing

In my era before working at SnapStream, I always wanted to work on a big project or system that really mattered. School projects still matter, but as soon as you get a grade they are pretty much discarded. I wanted the work experience of being able to see many different parts come together from a lot of different people. When I first got to SnapStream and looked at all of the the systems and components inside the software, I wasn’t sure how to grasp it because I’ve never seen anything this big before. After almost three months, I’ve been able to see a lot of it and understand how real projects work and function together.

I’ve always heard of other interns at most other places always getting stuck in a corner doing pointless busy work that never sees the light of day. Instead of a corner, here at SnapStream we were in the middle of everything and part of the whole office practically. Even though I’m sure some of the things we did were “Intern jobs,” they still were necessary for the real product and are actually implemented into it. I even got to work on some really neat jobs such as implementing UIRT blasting functionality onto a web page.

Looking back at my skills before I started the internship and comparing them to now is a huge change, and only 3 months have gone by. Interning at SnapStream really helped me learn a lot about software development as well as learning other aspects besides programming. I still have a lot to learn but I plan on using these skills to become better everyday.

This is how we will always remember you…

Illustration by Shuu Hossain

Back to J-School at AEJMC 2014

Friday, August 1st, 2014

It really feels like back-to-school season! SnapStream is excited to meet with Journalism and Mass Communication administrators and professors next week at the AEJMC 2014 annual conference. This year’s event is taking place up in Montreal, August 6-8, just in time before the school year begins.

Did you know that SnapStream is a curricular centerpiece at many of the nation’s top Journalism Schools? Often compared to LexisNexis, but as a TV news database, SnapStream resides at such innovative institutions as Emerson College and the University of Pennsylvania.

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Is LeBron “Going to Miami?” ESPN Video Made with SnapStream TV Search

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

The world is watching. The world is waiting. Where will LeBron James play basketball next year? We’ve been here before, when King James announced on July 8, 2010 that he was “taking his talents to South Beach.”

I may work for SnapStream in Houston, but I was born and raised in the 305 (that’s Miami, y’all). So you can guess where my allegiance lies! LET’S GO HEAT! I really can’t see LeBron choosing to leave The Heat, his teammates, his loyal fanbase and all of the luxury of the South Beach lifestyle. Can you?

I have to campaign a little right here. ESPN created this clever video for their show “ESPN First Take” using SnapStream’s TV search and clipping technology. Thanks guys, for selling my city! Brace yourself to find out where all of the big NBA free agents will land and enjoy this new rendition of Will Smith’s “Miami.” (Fingers crossed!)

Watch SnapStream’s CEO, Rakesh Agrawal, on Bloomberg TV

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

Are you curious about the present and future plans of SnapStream? Who better to ask than the CEO and Founder himself!

On Thursday, June 26th, at 9:45am CT, Stephanie Ruhle from Bloomberg TV’s “Market Makers” interviewed SnapStream’s CEO, Rakesh Agrawal. During this interview Rakesh explains how SnapStream technology is able to search anything said on TV – helping out the likes of corporate firms, federal and government agencies and, of course, television shows such as “The Daily Show” and “Last Week Tonight.”

Rakesh also announces the future plans of SnapStream. (Hint: Anyone into social media? We thought so!)

Tune in! (Run Time: 7 minutes)

SnapStream Gets an Awesome Shout-Out on The Roula & Ryan Show on 104.1 KRBE

Friday, June 20th, 2014

HOUSTON, TX — On Tuesday, June 17, the hosts of morning radio show  “The Roula and Ryan Show,” on 104.1 KRBE, started up a fun conversation about late night TV. You see, the night before, “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” aired its newest rap remix featuring NBC News anchor Brian Williams.

If you haven’t seen it yet, you seriously need to watch Brian Williams rap “Baby Got Back,” which has racked up more than 3.8 million views on YouTube and counting. All of these Brian Williams raps have gone extremely viral, because they’re just plain hilarious, with “Rapper’s Delight” topping them all with 11.9 million views. Whoa baby.

So, back to the radio show: SnapStream was surprisingly brought up in this context and we thought, “Cool, they’re talking about us on the radio!” Our TV search and clipping technology is known as “the secret weapon” to creating satirical clip montages at “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” “The Soup,” and “The Colbert Report.”

While “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” is not a SnapStream customer (yet), they totally should be! They could crank out these Brian Williams raps at a furious pace if they were using our ridiculously fast TV search. Just sayin’.

Take a listen! (SnapStream’s mentioned around 2:15 in the clip.)

And thanks again to the team at “The Roula and Ryan Show” for the amazing shout-out on the air, in our shared hometown of Houston!

The Secret Weapon Behind ‘Daily Show,’ ‘Colbert Report,’ ‘Last Week Tonight,’ and More

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

Have you ever wondered how Jon Stewart, Steven Colbert and John Oliver are able to sift through all the chaos of cable news to bring you the most ridiculous of the ridiculous?

Like a media-focused Indiana Jones, Editor Tony Maglio from TheWrap.com set out to explore just how these shows are able to stay current with face-paced news and media night-after-night. What he discovered was the secret technology behind your favorite late-night comedy shows. (Spoiler Alert: The secret technology is SnapStream!)

Read the full article at TheWrap.com.

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New SnapStream 6.3! Intelligent Auto-Clip and Auto-Share to the Cloud

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

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What’s New in SnapStream 6.3?

Automatic Clipping and Sharing to the Cloud

SnapStream already makes it easy as pie to search for, review and create TV clips, especially with the efficient clip-and-share feature we introduced in 6.2. But we thought, “Hey, how can we make clipping and sharing even more awesome for our awesome users?”

In new SnapStream 6.3, we re-imagined the manual process of creating and sharing clips and made it automated. (Or as we like to say, awesomated!) Here’s how it works:

Our new auto-clip technology intelligently detects topic changes and commercial breaks, using various algorithms and linguistic cues, and as a result, it clips out relevant TV segments just for you. Clips are no greater than 15 minutes in length and they’re designed to provide lead-in and lead-out context about the topic at hand.

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“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” Joins SnapStream’s Family of Talk Shows

Friday, May 16th, 2014

First and foremost, let me start by saying, “Welcome to the family “Last Week Tonight,” John Oliver, and the entire team of producers, editors, and show writers!”

In case you haven’t heard, “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” selected SnapStream’s TV recording and search technology to help build the TV clips and content that will be used on the show. (Here is the press releaselast-week-tonight-with-john-oliver)

Need an example? Next time you tune in (the show airs every Sunday on HBO) watch for the pop-up TV clips that John Oliver references throughout the show. Those clips are pulled using SnapStream!

How They Use SnapStream

With SnapStream’s technology, the team at “Last Week Tonight” is able to quickly search and aggregate mass amounts of current, often obscure, TV content from worldwide sources. This technology, along with John Oliver’s undeniable genius for political satire, is the perfect equation for comedic gold. (more…)


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