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Archives — May 2014

Craig Zheng is a wise man who adjusts to everything thrown his way. He went four whole years without eating meat until he realized making separate meals for himself and the rest of the family was becoming too much. He used to hate cockroaches the most, but ticks took over when a friend of his son’s was hospitalized after a bite. And if you ask him, the best part of being an adult is knowing enough to know what you don’t know.

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Here at Hudl, we’ve always put a big emphasis on giving back. In years past, the Hudl Helps program allowed each employee to give a donation on behalf of the company to the charitable organization of their choice. This year, we’re doing things a little differently with the Hudl Community Champions task force – a group in charge of choosing two local organizations that the company can rally behind with donations of our time and money.

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Caleb Cassel has always been a computer guy. He has the same love of sports as other Hudlies, but while everyone else was shootin’ hoops and winning rallies, he was taking things apart just to see how they’d be put back together. Those tech savvy ways earned him a university degree and an overseas tour with the U.S. Army Reserve. He’s actually one of two Hudlies who have served in the Armed Forces, which makes this Memorial Day weekend extra special. (Not that we don’t like them every other day.)

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Our third annual Hudl Up Tour concluded last week, wrapping up a six-week, 18-stop circuit across the country. In less than two months, we were able to see more than 1,000 coaches face-to-face, hopefully showing them a thing or two they didn’t know. This year’s football-focused tour took a close look at Playbook and Tag a Game, two of our newest and most popular features.

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If there’s one Hudlie who can never be trusted, it’s Jared McCoskey. That kid is all about deceit. The prank rate at Hudl quadrupled as soon as he came on board last summer, and it doesn’t look like things will go back to normal anytime soon. You can take as many precautions as you want – lock your computer screen, form a buddy system, hide in the corner – he will find a way around every last one.

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When I joined the staff at Incarnate Word Academy as an assistant coach in the fall of 2008, the head coach was in the middle of choosing a video editing system. There were several options on the market, but only Hudl was Internet-based. I was already familiar with Hudl after hearing about it from football coaches, and urged him to give it a shot, but we ended up using another product that season. It had some great features, but it was Mac-based and tied to one computer – whoever wanted to view film had to have that laptop.

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We challenge you to not be friends with Layne Anderson. We’d offer to make it a bet, but it just wouldn’t be right to take your money like that. You see, Layne is friends with everyone. It’s all thanks to the combination of being really friendly and incredibly genuine. Her smile is contagious and before you know it, she knows your life story because she asked one little question and you could tell she really wanted to know the answer and oops!

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April wrapped up and spring has finally arrived here in Lincoln! After what seemed like a never-ending winter, summer is finally in sight. We can barbecue on the office roof, ride our bikes to work, and our unofficial Hudl softball team has started another season. So far they’re rocking a 1-2 record, but we’ll blame that on getting used to the new bat.

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We’re growing. In terms of features, teams, and Hudlies, the numbers are bigger today than they were just two years ago. We’ve gone from 50 full-time Hudlies in May 2012 to nearly 130 now. We couldn’t be more excited about what this means for coaches and athletes – with more people working on Hudl come new ways for you to dominate – but we’re running out of space for all of this brain power. So we’re opening a new office an hour down the road in Omaha, Neb.

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The first version of Hudl’s iOS app was published in late 2011. Back then, you could only watch video in the app. Really, just look at how young and innocent we were. Since then, a lot of new features have made their way into the app. Coaches regularly use Mobile Capture, Tag a Game, and Exchanges, and athletes love to create and watch highlights right from their iPhones.

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One of the first things you’ll notice about Dana Nielsen is how tall she is – unless you meet her sitting down. It’s almost like her legs grow a fraction of an inch every morning, so she shows up to work taller than the day before. And with legs that long, it would be nearly impossible to sit still for long periods of time. That might explain why Dana can’t handle laziness. As far as she’s concerned, you can sleep when you’re dead.

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