Wowza has a singular focus on delivering high-performance media server and video streaming software to service providers, media properties, enterprises, and other organizations serious about delivering video to any digital screen — computer, mobile or home TV.
Wowza Media Systems LLC, based in Evergreen, Colorado USA, is the "Any Screen Done Right®" media server software company. The company was founded in late 2005 by David Stubenvoll and Charlie Good when they saw a need to provide disruptive products to fill the gaps in the media server market.
The company's industrial strength Wowza Media Server software, initially released in early 2007 to provide a lower cost alternative to Adobe Flash Media Server, experienced rapid market acceptance. With the 2009 introduction of Wowza Media Server 2, the "H.264 everywhere" server platform, Wowza took it beyond Flash by adding streaming support for Apple iOS devices (iPhone/iPad), Microsoft Silverlight, Apple QuickTime, Android, Blackberry and other 3GPP smartphones and tablets, as well as IPTV/OTT set-tops and living room game consoles.
The award-winning Wowza Media Server 3 was introduced in 2011 as the next generation of media streaming software providing a single extensible foundation and value-added components for any screen delivery. Wowza Media Server 3 made hard to implement features such as adaptive bitrate (ABR) streaming, time-shifted playback, and digital rights protection simple and cost-effective.
Now with Wowza Media Server 3.6, it is easy and affordable to deliver a high volume of audio and video content over IP networks to desktop/laptop computers, mobile phones/tablets, or IP set-top boxes. Improved economies of scale and reduced encoding, storage and management expenses mean radio and television broadcasters, content delivery networks, and other media enterprises save money, improve efficiency and streamline workflows. Today the company's software is used by over 150,000 licensees in more than 150 countries.
Dr. Phil Watten
University of Sussex
James G. Hart
Chief Executive Officer / Co-Founder
A co-founder of Wowza Media Systems, LLC, Stubenvoll has over 23 years of experience in enterprise and consumer products and services. Prior to Wowza, the fifth new business he developed, Stubenvoll served as an Entrepreneur in Residence/Senior Director at Adobe Systems, as well as managing mergers and acquisitions. Stubenvoll has also held senior management positions at Intuit, served as President of GALT Technologies (an Intuit subsidiary) and was a co-founder/CEO of Freeworks. Stubenvoll, who holds two patents, earned his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Clarkson University, his JD from Boston College and an MBA from the Carnegie Mellon Graduate School of Industrial Administration.
Chief Technology Officer / Co-Founder
A co-founder of Wowza Media Systems, LLC, Good is an accomplished software architect with over 25 years of experience in product conceptualization, design and implementation in educational software, consumer and business imaging and graphics, and computer-aided design. During his career, Good successfully architected and built products for Digital Equipment Corporation, Structural Dynamics Research Corporation, Claris and Adobe Systems, as well as several small start-ups. Prior to co-founding Wowza Media Systems, Good was Director of Engineering at Adobe. He holds a BSEE from University of Cincinnati.
Executive Vice President of Business Development
With over 25 years in industry, Dobrushin brings a wealth of experience in creating winning strategies and generating partnerships in highly competitive technology markets. Dobrushin is a veteran of several successful start-ups. Prior to Wowza, Dobrushin served as Vice President of Marketing with Amber Networks (acquired by Nokia), Atmosphere Networks (acquired by Ditech Communications), and ADC Kentrox. He also held senior marketing, product management and operational roles with Larscom Corporation, Digital Link and DSC. Dobrushin holds a BSBA in Finance and International Marketing from Institute of Economics and Finance, St. Petersburg, Russia.
Vice President of Product Management
A recognized streaming media authority with over 22 years of engineering and product management experience, Knowlton spent many years at Microsoft planning and executing the company’s on-premises and cloud media server product roadmaps. He also led cross-divisional and partner efforts to build the broader Microsoft Media Platform ecosystem. For his customer passion and contributions to advancing the streaming media industry, Knowlton was named a "2011 Streaming Media All-Star" by Streaming Media Magazine. Before joining Microsoft in 2002, Knowlton held roles at NetApp and several Tier 1 automotive suppliers. He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University.