Social Video Product Builder

Vadim Lavrusik

Vadim Lavrusik is a product manager at YouTube where he works on YouTube Live and creator tools. Prior to Youtube, he was Founder & CEO of Frisbee, a group video messaging app that enables people to intimately communicate with friends through instant video. Before starting Frisbee, Lavrusik spent 5 years at Facebook working on product and media partnerships. He was the product manager of Facebook Live, leading the development and launch. His team at Facebook also built Facebook Mentions, a standalone app for public figures on Facebook, where Live was first created.

A killer feature Facebook needs now: Video Chat

Facebook is quickly becoming the primary social communication channel in our everyday lives. Yes, primary. We spend much more time obsessively interacting with people on Facebook than we do by phone and for some a life-line. I think that they could take it one step further by implementing video chat capability — a functionality that […]


The Startup: Four Entrepreneurs Battle the Odds in Gotham

The Startup is a four-chapter video documentary with interactives on a young tech startup trying to make it in New York City. My colleague Alex Hotz and I followed the entrepreneurs behind TeamHomeField.com for the past four months as they develop and grow their web-based video application for sports teams. It’s being hosted on NYC30.com, […]


A wordcloud of Pew’s State of the News Media 2010 Report

I took the excerpts from Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism “State of the News Media 2010” report and inserted them into wordle to get a word cloud of the text. It’s interesting that “pay” comes up as one of the dominant words. I am guessing it will be a theme for this […]


Who will take the lead in location-based wars? CNN thinks Foursquare

With South by Southwest Interactive Conference beginning, there’s been a lot of talk about who will take the reign in location-based services and apps. With Twitter rolling out its new geotagged tweets and Facebook on the verge of allowing users to share their location, the spotlight and pressure seems to be on the likes of […]


Socially Edible: Let’s roll location-based gaming, restaurant reviews and online ordering into one

Here’s an idea that Shane Snow and I have had for a site and I’ve been meaning to share it for quite some time. The basic idea is to solve a problem in location-based restaurant information apps and websites: fragmentation. The rough name we were throwing around was Socially Edible (sociallyedible.com). Let’s create a one-stop […]


NYC 3.0: Kommons looks to challenge Twitter for trustworthy news in real-time

This was originally published on NYC 3.0, a project that covers in tech start-ups in New York. Cody Brown thinks he may have stumbled across the “holy grail” in news publishing. Brown, a senior at New York University and founder of NYU Local, is embarking on a new venture called Kommons. Kommons is a real-time […]


Nonprofit journalism startups’ executive pay: How much is too much?

Bay Area News Project’s CEO Lisa Frazier has a $400,000 salary, which reminds me of the news and criticisms about Paul Steiger getting $570,000 to run ProPublica. This begs the question: how much is too much in the pay of top execs at nonprofit journalism startups. A lot of the defense for such high pay […]


Why the Tablet won’t save the print industry

Update: My friend and colleague Shane Snow has a funny comic on this same topic. Over the course of the last several weeks, I have seen several articles calling Apple’s Tablet the “savior” of print media and similar prophetic names. However, I am still somewhat skeptical that the Tablet will have a substantial difference in […]