November 8, 2012 |
Not too long ago, friending someone involved more than just clicking a button on Facebook. So in a retro twist to social networking, a wave of Web start-ups are encouraging users to get off their couches, away from their smartphones and tablets, and back into the real world. "We have an internal tagline: Use the Internet to get off the Internet," said Kathryn Fink, community manager at Meetup, an online-to-offline start-up with 11 million members. Hybrid social networks are connecting strangers with similar interests online, then directing them to meet in person for dinners, bar-hopping, bowling or biking excursions.
May 31, 2012 |
Grubwithus, a Venice-based social dining network that hosts restaurant dinners for strangers, has received a $5-million round of funding led by GRP Partners. Users of Grubwithus -- known as "grubbers" -- connect through the website and sign up to attend dinners at local restaurants, where they meet people with similar interests or backgrounds. Dinners in the L.A. area have been organized for music lovers, people who are new to the area, Westside entrepreneurs and downtown dwellers, among others.
November 10, 2013 |
John R. "Trip" Adler III The gig: Adler, 29, is a founder and chief executive of Scribd, a YouTube for publishing in which anyone can upload documents and let others read and share them. With 80 million visitors a month, it's a popular destination. And at 6½ years of age, it turns a profit from displaying ads and taking a cut of sales and subscriptions. Book deal: Last month Scribd struck a deal with publisher HarperCollins to make thousands of book titles available by subscription on its service.
May 17, 2012 |
Tim Sae Koo had an idea for a tech start-up, but the first-time entrepreneur had no idea what to do next. In January, at the advice of a friend he joined the inaugural class of tech accelerator StartEngine, hoping to turn his vision for Hypemarks - a website at which users create collections of their favorite links - into a bona fide business. Within three months Koo launched the website, and is now talking to a local investor about a substantial investment in the company.
December 29, 2010 |
Alexis Ohanian's company, Reddit, was based in New York four years ago when it decided to follow the yellow chip road to Northern California. "New York didn't feel like a place where things were happening," Ohanian said. "There weren't a lot of people having conversations about start-ups, frankly. " But this year, Ohanian headed back east. New York now has a hot Internet scene. There are marquee start-ups such as social networking service FourSquare and fashion website Gilt.
January 15, 2012 |
Four years ago, Drew Houston was just another super-smart hacker with ambitions of starting his own company. He'd strap on headphones to block out everything but the endorphin rush as he cranked code late into the night on a new service that instantly syncs all of your files on all of your devices. Houston, who played guitar in a '90s rock cover band at Boston bars and college parties, dubbed it "Even Flow" after one of his favorite Pearl Jam songs. On a white board in his Cambridge, Mass., apartment, he calculated that he'd need several hundred users to "not feel like an idiot" quitting his $85,000-a-year job as a software engineer.