"I was running a media technology agency for a while and trying to shove this down the throat of every client, but nobody wanted it," Sideman says.

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He tried and failed to launch a general purpose live streaming service with Justin. Eventually he pivoted into gaming, a niche where being tied to a desktop computer made sense.

But now the mobile market is mature enough for a sea change.

Along with broadcasting, Abuhamdeh texts and talks on the phone with his followers. Then in May of last year it suddenly clicked, exploding from less than 10 million monthly visitors to more than 100 million in the span of just four months.

More than 35,000 hours of live video are now streamed on the service each day, and more than a million dollars in tips flow through its platform each month.

He was part of a group that believed everyone would soon be the star of their own reality television series, all broadcast on the web.

That included the infamous Josh Harris, a dot-com millionaire who imploded for his live audience, chronicled in the documentary We Live in Public.

"It’s all about the addiction to real time feedback and the nodes in the brain that it triggers," Sideman tells me.

Users can give digital gifts, essentially sticks, like hearts, fistbumps, or beers.

If a customer was in on the joke, Abuhamdeh would banter with them a bit.

He shared stories from his home life, and slowly began to invite fans into it, broadcasting from his apartment, from a cousin’s wedding, while driving in his car or getting a haircut.

With the press of a few buttons Sideman tips Ginja the equivalent of , along with a message asking him to flip for Ben. Ben this flip is dedicated to you, for being so awesome.