A former engineer at Google, Lepe left the tech company in 2007 to co-found online video platform Ooyala. In his current role of svp of products and solutions, he continues to drive innovation at the company. Recently he has been instrumental in leading Ooyala’s transformation into an integrated video platform for major broadcasters, publishers and media companies, and earlier this year the company joined forces with Microsoft and ZoneTV to bring artificial intelligence to TV channels. “There are a lot of interesting problems to solve in the media and entertainment space and no one has really nailed what that next generation TV experience can be. I find this all tremendously exciting.”
What has been your biggest professional accomplishment to date?
I’ve always believed the biggest accomplishment is the one that lies ahead. But if pressed, I’d probably reference Ooyala’s 10-year anniversary. Given the space we operate in, surviving, thriving, and operating through the decade mark is nothing to sneeze at.
What attracted you to this industry?
There isn’t one thing. I love TV and film content. I also believe as a format, video can connect audiences in a way that few communication mediums can. Moreover, there are a lot of interesting problems to solve in the media and entertainment space and no one has really nailed what that next generation TV experience can be. I find this all tremendously exciting.
Best piece of professional advice you’ve received?
Employees don’t leave companies, they leave managers. Focus on developing your managers and you’ll have a good shot at success.
What is your favorite app these days?
Right now, it is the Dreams TV app. They do a good job of adapting TV to the mobile phone. They retain the best elements of traditional TV (immediate loading of channels) and leverage newer concepts (no EPG and yes – vertical content).
Favorite trending hashtag?
I wouldn’t say it is trending but it should be – #HeismanLove. Yes, I am a Stanford Football fan.