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Ex-Hulu CEO unleashes 'YouTube-killer' Vessel

By Joe Kukura on Dec 18, 2014

Not that anyone asked for it, but there's a well-funded new YouTube competitor with the lofty goal of overtaking YouTube as the Web's top video destination. Meet Vessel, currently just a preview promo version of its future self that hopes to launch in "early" in 2015. Vessel popped up in the news last week when it was revealed that they were offering big money to YouTube celebrities to get them to jump ship to Vessel. The cat's out of the bag now, so ex-Hulu CEO Jason Kilar and Vessel are going public with their plans. Vessel has not successfully bagged any of the biggest YouTube stars. No Michelle Phan, no Smosh, no Jenna Marbles, no PewDiePie. The most prominent YouTube stars that Vessel has bagged are musical comedians Rhett & Link and Shane Dawson. They've also got Alec Baldwin in an o

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