The Start-Up Rundown

Start-Up News: Web Video OMG, Kickstarter Makes a Kickstarter, and Nodejitsu Doesn’t Need You but More Than 100 Start-Ups Do

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The start-up week starts Wednesday:

VIDEO LAUNCH. General Assembly-based VHX.tv, launched by Vimeo alum Casey Pugh and Know Your Memester Jamie Wilkinson about a month and a half ago, is in public beta as of yesterday. The app, which creates a curated stream of video based on links your friends share on Twitter, Tumblr and the rest, has a better looking interface than TechStars-hatched competitor Shelby.tv and more channels , verticals, or filters, whatever you want to call them–but unlike Shelby, doesn’t put emphasis on who exactly shared what. “Coming soon: mixtape-style playlists, an API for developers, and iPhone, iPad and Boxee apps,” the company teased.

Meanwhile, Blip.TV and YouTube areĀ ramping up efforts to suck users into web television with the same enthusiasm previous generations had for television-television. Read More

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Emmy Award-Winning Internet Fame Professors Debut New Video Service, VHX

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For a long time, web video platforms didn’t treat viewing the same way as traditional TV. Each clip was an autonomous unit. Maybe users got a few recommendations after they finished watching a video, but there was no sense of a continuous curated stream of entertainment like there is while watching network TV.

VHX, which launched today, is looking to use your social network to program your web video watching. Users open the service up to their contacts on Gmail, Facebook and Twitter, then get a dashboard of videos pulled from the friends they are following. Read More