Steven Asherman

last updated 3/6/2018

Steven Asherman

Founder, President and Chief Technology Officer at Content Galaxy Inc

Location:
215 Thompson Street Suite 271, New York City, New York, United States
HQ Phone:
(212) 673-2511

General Information

Experience

Senior Student - Grandmaster Chen

Researcher, IBM T. J. Watson Research Center Profile - IBM Corporation

Project Manager - Marsh & McLennan Companies

Founder, President and Chief Technology Officer - Base One International Corporation

Manager, Medsys Project - Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Education

Computer Science degreeColumbia University

Affiliations

Board Member - NYSIA

Board Member - The New York Software Industry Association

Recent News  

Will video kill newspapers and magazines - or save them?

Steven Asherman is President and CTO of Content Galaxy, where he designed and led the development of their publishing platform for creating paid subscription video channels.
He is an expert in video content monetization and also holds patents related to distributed processing, secure database operations across the Internet, and high precision arithmetic. His experience with streaming comes from building and editing Content Galaxy's proof-of-concept video channel, for Tai Chi and martial arts. Steven's background is as a senior consultant specializing in the design and programming of large-scale, web applications, with an emphasis on complex financial systems. He has sold and led a half dozen, multi-year, multi-million dollar consulting projects for creating and improving software-as-a-service web sites and database applications for clients that have included Dealer Track, Fidelity Information Systems, Send Word Now, TNS Competitive Media Reporting, Deutsche Bank, and Marsh. His earlier enterprise consulting clients included Aetna, Citibank, Columbia Pictures, IBM, and The New York Times. by Steven Asherman

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June, 2013 | Disruptive Technologists

Steven Asherman, founder of Content Galaxy, saw an opportunity to disrupt the customary way we view video-content online.

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Filling in the Content Gaps | Disruptive Technologists

Steven Asherman, founder of Content Galaxy, saw an opportunity to disrupt the customary way we view video-content online.
Content Galaxy is a web content hosting service that gives authors and publishers a better way to earn money from their videos and other digital goods. Unlike already established video streaming giants Netflix, YouTube and Vimeo, Content Galaxy allows users to upload their digital content, and get paid according to "rigorously metered usage". He is hoping that it will be enticing for publishers who want to make money off instructional videos. Publishers pool content to edited, flat priced channels, getting paid according to the number of subscribers and their usage. Subscribers pay a single fee for channeling content; it is possible for large-scale micro commerce in video streaming. Asherman is no stranger to the tech world; he founded a consulting and software company in 1993 and began selling software in 1998. In the early-2000's he began to directly feel the shift taking place on the internet, and software was became harder and harder for him to sell. Open source free software and file sharing programs were shaking up the tech world; "That's when I started to understand that the internet was really changing the rules for monetizing intellectual property. The system was in a process of breaking, which I think we have seen in the music business because of LimeWire type programs and we in open source, it's a problem for people trying to sell photographs and also of course book business itself, and articles and magazines. The experience has changed." Asherman carefully assessed the changing atmosphere, and after letting the idea percolate for about a year, he eventually created a game-changing video service. "What we are doing is filling the gaps between Netflix's high-end, Hollywood approach - the iTunes, item by item purchasing model and YouTube free ad sponsor clips." As for the future, Asherman sees an opportunity to expand this newly created industry of online video content. He believes it is time to bring back, or rather include, publishers to the online video industry.

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