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Meet Tiffany Tran and Jared Kotoff of UpDownLeftDie

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tiffany Tran and Jared Kotoff.

Tiffany and Jared, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
For us, it really started when we played video games together way before live broadcasting or Twitch.tv existed. We’d have these really memorable moments we wished others could have experienced with us. After busy moments in our lives, and when we both wound up unemployed for a few months after college, we decided to start streaming as a way of hanging out together more often. Since then, we’ve just been improving on our set up, and ourselves.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
The biggest struggle would be scheduled. Since we’re a two people team, we’re dependent on each other’s schedules during our broadcasting. We started off unemployed, so it was easy to build at first, but since then we’re both full-time at other companies, and we have different schedules as well. Our brand expands beyond Twitch streaming. We’ve also released podcasts, edited videos, covered or hosted events, and other projects which makes our plates very full.

Please tell us about UpDownLeftDie.
UpDownLeftDie is a live show broadcasted on Twitch with an emphasis on video games.

Though the platform is mostly people streaming games, we’ve dabbled in other varieties of content including live programming, and creative works. We focus on comedy and banter with our almost ten years of friendship and really try to make it engaging for our audiences.

We’re most proud of the community we’ve fostered. Because it’s the most rewarding part of this whole endeavor, we host monthly meetups or reward viewers in some fashion.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
We’re always improving and getting better at what we do so it’s hard to say what we would do differently at the moment. We’re trying to do as much as we can, and that’s all we know!

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