CHICAGO, January 30, 2019 – Today, the Lightstream team is proud to introduce its newest executive leader and Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Jenny Farver. Bringing an incredible wealth of knowledge and experience to the role, Farver is a respected leader in the Chicago tech community with both an MS and PhD from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She will play an essential role in expanding and diversifying the Lightstream engineering team and offerings in 2019.

Farver comes to Lightstream from the marketing influencer platform, PopularPays, another creator-focused company, where she led their engineering department in building a new generation of features that used and generated data. Prior to her role at Popular Pays, Farver was the VP of Engineering at Civis Analytics where she and her team built the company’s flagship data science platform.

“Lightstream is a passionate team filled with engineers who have built and continue to evolve our incredible platform,” said Stu Grubbs, CEO of Lightstream. “That meant in order to find the right CTO we needed a person who would fit and flourish into the culture that we have thoughtfully built, but also provide a fresh new perspective to the leadership team. Jenny shares the same values that we believe are the most important in the success of our business: humble leadership, continual learning, team-wide transparency, good vibes, and empowering our talented engineers as decision makers. She will be integral to our growth for 2019.”

CTO Jenny Farver in the Lightstream Office“Lightstream is solving difficult technical problems with tremendous potential reach,” Farver said. “I want to bring a focus to efficiency, technical operations and broadcast metrics — all those pesky numbers that make your users love you when you get them right. Sharpening that focus sounds analytical, but it’s also incredibly cultural. It’s about the behaviors and habits of our team.

“This is a company with incredible heart. I joined because I saw the opportunity to drive breakout technical excellence through the alchemy of team-building. I always want to be advancing the Chicago tech community from two sides: building successful companies and growing our pool of world-class talent.“

Since graduating Techstars and kicking open its doors in Chicago’s River North, the Lightstream crew has delivered a powerful and intuitive live streaming studio to thousands of content creators. In 2018, Lightstream partnered with Microsoft’s streaming platform, Mixer, integrating Lightstream Studio into the native broadcasting experience of Xbox and Windows.

Lightstream is always searching for the right talent and is currently hiring engineers to join the team. With more exciting news to come in 2019, be sure to follow Lightstream on Twitter and at

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About Lightstream
Lightstream is a Chicago-based startup built with a true passion for live video production, gaming and supporting the explosive growth of creators and their communities. Its cloud-based technology and products transform difficult technical hurdles into streamlined workflows. Lightstream empowers creators to effortlessly share their passion, talent, and creativity on live streaming platforms like Mixer, Twitch, Facebook, YouTube and more.

The evolution of live video production is here.

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Media Contact:
Wendy Knowles
Lightstream PR