In a bizarre missive with a linkbaity headline, Buddy Media CEO Michael Lazerow declared “I Have Sex With My Co-Founder. And I Like It.” Okay, thanks for sharing?
Mr. Lazerow, whose business partner is his wife Kass, claims that many cofounder relationships resemble marriages, and therefore you should vet cofounders much the way you would a potential mate. So basically, don’t found a company with someone who is emotionally unavailable or unhealthily obsessed with his mother? Good to know.
Location Location Location
Last June, Flickr and Hunch cofounder Caterina Fake announced that she had raised $2 million from investors like New York’s Founder Collective, True Ventures and SV Angel with an emphasis on consumers and social. If you’ll recall, in November of 2010, Ms. Fake left Hunch, a New York City-based startup she cofounded with Chris Dixon to build a “taste graph” of the Internet, rather abruptly. Speculation was that Hunch’s pivot—away from a consumer destination site towards a platform to power other sites (it was acquired by eBay last November)—was too far out of Ms. Fake’s wheelhouse. “The things I’m good at are building communities, participatory media, places where people contribute things of their own making,” she blogged at the time. Mr. Dixon chalked it up to a “founder-market fit;” other people had other ideas.
Regardless new startup Pinwheel, which launched out of private beta last night, seems to fit her comfort zone. The app lets users “find and leave notes all around the world.” The notes, which are pinned on a specific location on a map, can be both private or shared with an individual or group, as well as organized into sets.
For example, “Every place that you told me that you loved me, circa 2008″ (one of the potential sets Ms. Fake offers) you might want to keep private. Whereas “Find me a Nearby Toilet NOW,” (another example from Ms. Fake) might be a question you pose to a group. There is, of course, a social networking element, with the opportunity to follow both friends and sets:
After raising just shy of $20 million in venture funding, Hunch will now reportedly be purchased by Ebay for $80 million. Ebay will use Hunch to power its recommendations. Hunch cofounder Chris Dixon will take over the 50-person recommendations team and start a new office in New York that is expected to quadruple in size.
Alley vs. Valley
“Can New York Rival Silicon Valley?“ asks The New York Times. Yes. We can. We are. Ask your compatriots at the Boston Globe for a quick heads up on how NYC is doing.
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Can I See Your ID
Is New York’s start-up community more inclined to appreciate pseudoanonymity on the web than Silicon Valley? Besides Anil Dash and Caterina Fake, Scott Beale of Laughing Squid and Fred Wilson, New York is home to two prominent champions of the pseudonymous social web: David Karp of Tumblr and Chris Poole of 4chan, who has been fashioned by his media advisors into the philosophical foil for Mark Zuckerberg (and apparently, his sister Randi Zuckerberg) who recently said anonymous posting show “a lack of integrity.”
“Zuckerberg’s totally wrong on anonymity being total cowardice. Anonymity is authenticity. It allows you to share in a completely unvarnished, raw way,” Mr. Poole said during his SXSW keynote.
Can I See Your ID
Google+ and Facebook are pushing users to use their real names everywhere on the web for their convenience and the convenience of the owners of the sites they’re browsing. The trend has clearly been a boon for sites like the Huffington Post, which can get 11,000 comments rife with inanity and raciscm on a single politics story. But we’re starting to get real pushback from–more than just 4chan’s Chris Poole–as more sites force users to comment using their real identities. After Google+ pissed a bunch of people off by deleting profiles that didn’t use real names, Google’s vp of product, Bradley Horowitz, announced today that users can now list “other names” on their Google+ profile and be found by search that way.
It looks like New York has lost one for good—or at least as long as it takes build a “consumer-facing,” “social” start-up with “optimal founder-market fit!” Flickr co-founder Caterina Fake, who signed an agreement to leave Hunch, the recommendation engine she co-founded with Chris Dixon, just blogged that she will be launching her new company from across the country in the Hayes Valley neighborhood of San Francisco.
Ms. Fake didn’t divulge any more details about the business itself, aside from a link to join her mailing list and become a beta tester. But she did shout out to a long list of investors, including her own New York-based fund Founder Collective, True Ventures, SV Angel, and friends like Square COO and angel investor Keith Rabois.
It was rumored that Ms. Fake left Hunch because of irreconcilable differences with Mr. Dixon. However, her post, which linked back to Mr. Dixon pontificating on that aforementioned “founder-market fit,” seemed like a friendly detente. That is, until Michael Arrington got involved.