Jon Dahl

Jon Dahl

Co-founder, CEO
Co-founder of Zencoder, acquired by Brightcove, where Jon served as VP Technology. Makes better BBQ than code these days.
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Remote @ Mux
08/17/20August 17, 2020(a month ago)
6 min read

Remote @ Mux

Jon Dahlby Jon Dahl
Here at Mux, we are implementing a remote-equal policy. This means that employees working in a core office aren't privileged over employees working from smaller offices or from home.
Secret Santa at Mux
04/30/20April 30, 2020(4 months ago)
4 min read

Actually, now is the time to join Mux

Jon Dahlby Jon Dahl
A year ago, I wrote a blog post called Now is the right time to join Mux . I want to apologize for that blog post. In it, I asserted that April of 2019 was the right time to join Mux. It turns out I ...
Patterns and anti-patterns in company values
11/06/19November 6, 2019(10 months ago)
7 min read

Patterns and anti-patterns in company values

Jon Dahlby Jon Dahl
Company values can be exceedingly valuable, or they can be beyond worthless. You’ve probably rolled your eyes at company values at some point. Every time I see a list like “quality, integrity, and re ...
What’s coming at Mux
08/14/19August 14, 2019(a year ago)
6 min read

What’s coming at Mux

Jon Dahlby Jon Dahl
Mux announced this morning that we’ve raised $20M in Series B funding from Evolution, Accel, Y Combinator, and others. On one level, we’re really excited about this. Evolution, Accel, and YC are all ...
Now is the right time to join Mux
04/03/19April 3, 2019(a year ago)
4 min read

Now is the right time to join Mux

Jon Dahlby Jon Dahl
Mux is hiring for a number of positions right now - everything from engineering to sales to customer success. We're hiring because Mux is growing. We tripled the business in 2018, and think we might ...
Build better video in 4 simple steps
01/31/19January 31, 2019(2 years ago)
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Build better video in 4 simple steps

Jon Dahlby Jon Dahl
Video is hard because software is difficult at scale, and video reaches scale much more quickly than other software. When facing hard problems, it's helpful to have a framework that turns hard proble ...
Changes to the Mux Viewer Experience Score
10/01/18October 1, 2018(2 years ago)
8 min read

Changes to the Mux Viewer Experience Score

Jon Dahlby Jon Dahl
One of our goals with Mux Data is to provide meaningful data about video performance at a quick glance, while also providing the ability to drill deep when needed. We created the Viewer Experience S ...
“What is Mux Video?” and nine other questions, answered
08/20/18August 20, 2018(2 years ago)
4 min read

“What is Mux Video?” and nine other questions, answered

Jon Dahlby Jon Dahl
When you’re a startup, one of the most common questions you have to answer is: “What exactly do you do?” We’re answering this question all the time - on our website, on customer calls, at conferences ...
Guide to Mobile Video Streaming with HLS
07/20/18July 20, 2018(2 years ago)
6 min read

Guide to Mobile Video Streaming with HLS

Jon Dahlby Jon Dahl
HTTP Live Streaming, also known as HLS, is the most common format used today for streaming video. If you're building a video streaming application today, you should probably use HLS. Apple created th ...
Better video conferencing with Daily.co (and Mux)
06/21/18June 21, 2018(2 years ago)
4 min read

Better video conferencing with Daily.co (and Mux)

Jon Dahlby Jon Dahl
I spent four years as a heavy user of Google Hangouts. At Zencoder, we had a few remote employees, and after we joined Brightcove, we became the remote employees (with Brightcove in Boston and Zencod ...
Instant Per-Title Encoding
04/17/18April 17, 2018(2 years ago)
8 min read

Instant Per-Title Encoding

Jon Dahlby Jon Dahl
"How did you decide on your bitrate ladder?" We've asked this question to 50 video publishers over the last 6 months. With almost no exceptions, the answer has been: "I have no idea." "Some engineer ...
Build vs. buy: patterns and antipatterns
03/13/18March 13, 2018(3 years ago)
6 min read

Build vs. buy: patterns and antipatterns

Jon Dahlby Jon Dahl
Build or buy? This decision gets made dozens of times every year by engineering teams, small and large. It's an important decision, affecting roadmaps, productivity, team composition, and customer ha ...
The fastest video publishing in the multiverse
03/06/18March 6, 2018(3 years ago)
3 min read

The fastest video publishing in the multiverse

Jon Dahlby Jon Dahl
Video publishing speed is a usability problem. When a user hits the "upload" button, they don't want to have to wait a few minutes (or longer) to see their video play. But that's what happens almost ...
An API to Video: Why Abstraction Matters
02/21/18February 21, 2018(3 years ago)
4 min read

An API to Video: Why Abstraction Matters

Jon Dahlby Jon Dahl
This is the third in a series of blog posts about Mux Video. The first, Video is Too Hard, outlined the problem. The second, Announcing Mux Video , announced the new product. Abstractions are import ...
Announcing Mux Video: a simple API to powerful video streaming
11/14/17November 14, 2017(3 years ago)
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Announcing Mux Video: a simple API to powerful video streaming

Jon Dahlby Jon Dahl
Online video is growing exponentially, but still it's too hard to stream video. Video is too hard (as we discussed last week). Every area of video infrastructure - encoding, playback, delivery, workf ...
Video is too hard.
11/10/17November 10, 2017(3 years ago)
2 min read

Video is too hard.

Jon Dahlby Jon Dahl
Online video is growing quickly, but it's still way too hard to stream video. Video has actually gotten harder to work with, not easier, over the last seven years. It takes a video expert to publish ...
Announcing full data exports
11/01/17November 1, 2017(3 years ago)
3 min read

Announcing full data exports

Jon Dahlby Jon Dahl
A quality of experience analytics platform like Mux does three things. Accurately measure what happens when someone watches a video, across different platforms and devices. Collect those measurem ...
Real-time CDN switching with Mux and Cedexis
08/31/17August 31, 2017(3 years ago)
3 min read

Real-time CDN switching with Mux and Cedexis

Jon Dahlby Jon Dahl
Video publishing sometimes feels like a Rube Goldberg machine . To get a single video to play back successfully, a dozen different systems need to play nicely together: websites, players, browsers, I ...
How do users feel about video streaming quality on their TVs?
04/20/17April 20, 2017(3 years ago)
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How do users feel about video streaming quality on their TVs?

Jon Dahlby Jon Dahl
We focused our survey on one type of content: video streamed to a television, using a service like Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, or WatchESPN.
Video is exploding and Mux raises a Series A
04/18/17April 18, 2017(3 years ago)
5 min read

Video is exploding and Mux raises a Series A

Jon Dahlby Jon Dahl
Mux has raised a $9M Series A funding round from Accel. We’ve created the most accurate and actionable analytics platform for video performance.
What's new: metric comparisons and global scores
11/15/16November 15, 2016(4 years ago)
2 min read

What's new: metric comparisons and global scores

Jon Dahlby Jon Dahl
We've shipped two new features at Mux over the last two weeks. The first is a tool to compare all metrics across two or more specific values. The second is a global benchmark that gives customers an ...
Six things you can do with Mux
10/07/16October 7, 2016(4 years ago)
3 min read

Six things you can do with Mux

Jon Dahlby Jon Dahl
Since starting Mux this year, we've talked with scores of video publishers. Almost everyone wants more data about their video streaming, and usually people have a couple of specific uses for this da ...
Buffering reduces video watch time by ~40%, according to research
09/14/16September 14, 2016(4 years ago)
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Buffering reduces video watch time by ~40%, according to research

Jon Dahlby Jon Dahl
According to our data, just one short buffering interruption leads to 39% less time spent watching video on a site.
Why the creators of Zencoder and Video.js started Mux
08/31/16August 31, 2016(4 years ago)
4 min read

Why the creators of Zencoder and Video.js started Mux

Jon Dahlby Jon Dahl
For the last seven months, Mux has been hard at work on a performance analytics platform for online video publishers. Our product gives customers like PBS, IGN , and Funny or Die more informatio ...
The four elements of video performance
08/18/16August 18, 2016(4 years ago)
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The four elements of video performance

Jon Dahlby Jon Dahl
How do you quantify the performance of a video stream? What metrics should you use? Long after Andy Grove stressed the importance of metrics for decision-making, software companies are becoming more ...
Introducing Mux (the blog)
08/17/16August 17, 2016(4 years ago)
1 min read

Introducing Mux (the blog)

Jon Dahlby Jon Dahl
Welcome to the Mux blog! Stay tuned for company news, product updates, and articles about online video technology and performance. In the meantime, here are some helpful resources. Sign up for Mux Do ...