Former Hulu CEO Jason Kilar Unveils Vessel, Plans To Swipe Some Of YouTube's Views

March 24, 2015 7:14 AM

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In April of 2013 Jason Kilar departed Hulu, which he had overseen as CEO since its inception, and rented out an office space in Santa Monica. He bought some white boards, and along with Rich Tom, who’d been his CTO at Hulu, he began "filling them up with a whole bunch of things that we thought were still unsolved, and that we thought tech could help with," Kilar said one recent morning, sitting in a suite at the Standard Hotel in West Hollywood. Kilar had just flown in from JFK, where he'd been delayed on the runway because of wind conditions, yet he looked characteristically energized and youthful in a checkered button-down and blue chinos.

Two years later, the solution to the problem that Kilar and Tom settled on as the one they wanted to tackle is ready to launch, after several weeks in private beta mode—called Vessel, it’s a curated, online video platform where people can subscribe to their favorite web stars for $2.99 a month and g...

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