SoundCloud Busts Out Of Beta At this point, SoundCloud is basically the audio version of YouTube. A private-beta version of the site launched earlier this year called Next and the newest version integrates a bunch of those social features that the company hopes will help its users discover new music. “From today, ‘Next’ is now simply SoundCloud,” said Alexander Ljung, founder and CEO of SoundCloud in a press release sent to Betabeat. “It’s a platform for people to discover new, original music and audio, for creators to build audiences, and for everyone to share what they hear whether online or on mobile.”
The company claims that users now post over 10 hours of music and audio every minute while reaching over 180 million people. That’s a staggering 8% of the entire internet population, every month. On December 6th, mobile users will be able to enjoy reposts, updated mobile search, and UX updates on both iOS and Android SoundCloud apps.
Crowded into NYU’s Skirball center, the New York tech world got one step closer to developing Skynet Tuesday night at the monthly New York Tech Meetup, just one day after NYTM reached the 25,000 member mark.
“What I fell in love with was the community. I had not really had any tech in my background at all, and yet felt totally at home here,” gushed Jessica Lawrence, the managing director of NYTM, as she announced their membership accomplishments to cheers from the boisterous crowd.
Perhaps of more relevance to the future of our society—Jonathan Gottfried, a developer evangelist at Twilio, did a live demonstration of the TwilioBot 3000, a possible predecessor of assassin cyborgs. Mr. Gottfried was able to control the TwilioBot with his phone, sending it commands by typing numbers on his keypad … until he accidentally hung up on the TwilioBot.
Ryan Charles was the social media whiz kid at Zagat: the aging empire that was once part of the Silicon Alley 100 but has been drifting further and further out of touch as Yelp, Google, Citisearch, Menupages and others scooped the old Zagat survey. At Zagat, Mr. Charles headed up mobile partnerships with Foursquare, Foodspotting, and took the lead on mobile apps, which kept Zagat in the game. He left to start Consmr, another user reviews-based site.
OKAY, OKAY, IF YOU’RE GOING TO LECTURE US… LigerTail, which powers a promoted topics-esque widget, raised $50,000 from one anonymous investor after trundling along for three years. We reached founder Leonid Kozhukh, who did not want to talk about money. “None of these details are pertinent right now. We’re focused on getting publisher adoption,” he said when Betabeat asked who the investor was and where he plans to direct the funding. “All we want to talk about is the product and the ongoing problems in advertising that we’re trying to solve.” We scheduled an interview to talk about the idea, which is pretty cool, tomorrow. “Do me a favor and show LT to whoever is in charge of bizdev at Betabeat,” Mr. Kozhukh added. We’re going to spend the interim sorting out our feelings about indie movie references as start-up names.
MOAR RAISES. FanBridge raised a zillion dollars from 12 investors! Wait. Co-founder Noah Dinkin talks us down. “Just a delay in filing the form” from their January raise. Consmr, which launched today, will be raising funding soon. “I’m going to take a day to relax, and then we’ll start raising,” founder Ryan Charles said.