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Kayvon Beykpour, co-founder and CEO of Periscope, says he and his partner were inspired to create the latest tool in social media that lets you broadcast live video to the world after a trip to Istanbul during the Arab Spring.

“My trip to Istanbul was a pivotal moment for me,” Beykpour told Fusion’s Jorge Ramos. “And it just got us thinking about what would it be like if we had a teleportation machine?”

Beykpour said witnessing the anti-government protests in Istanbul, such as the Taksim Square protests, made him think about making it possible for people everywhere to see exactly what he was seeing, in real time.

“Seeing what’s happening, right there, through someone’s eyes, is really actually a very powerful way,” he told Ramos. “To me, the important thing about Periscope is that it’s a visual pulse of what’s happening right now, all over the world.”

Watch the full interview above to hear more from Beykpour on the future of Periscope.


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