Betabeat’s heard from multiple sources recently that Hashable—the much-hyped (and also, sometimes derided) New York City startup whose app on launch was billed as the ultimate way to exchange and share contacts, underscored by a gamified social broadcasting component—is undergoing a full-scale pivot.
LAME. The evil music labels are considering a lawsuit against Turntable.fm, according to a high-level source on the West Coast, but haven’t decided how to proceed. Meanwhile, Turntable lookalike Rolling.fm is knee deep in lawyers trying to figure out how to keep the service up outside the U.S.
MIXED MESSAGES. A couple weeks ago, Betabeat noticed that Skillshare founder Mike Karnjanaprakorn was out in San Francisco for the launch of Skillshare in that city. Had he picked up some cash while he was out there, we wondered? Skillshare raised $550,000 in January, which was made public in May, so the company certainly could have sustained its five employees on that–especially with MK’s militant lean start-up mindset and the bit of cash it’s getting from the website. So when Mr. Karnj said he hadn’t raised a new round, we said ‘Oh okay.’ But then we kept hearing, over the transom, that Skillshare has raised a fresh round. And they’re trying to fill up their sweet Soho office with a backend developer, community team and founder apprentice. Any insights? Drop us a tip.
Is it possible for a networking event to jump the shark? If so, meetups may be very close.
In Adrianne Jeffries’ feature this week on start-up fever affliciting New Yorkers with a bad case of wantrepreneurship, we listed what we thought was already a high number of networking spinoffs from the original New York Tech Meetup. Dumbo Tech Breakfast, UWS Startup Meetup, and the New York Technology Bathhouse Meetup come to mind. But none of the options on that growing list meets the particular specifications of ff Venture Capital’s David Teten. He and venture partner Mike Yavonditte from Hashable are launching “a periodic Meetup for people who work in the innovation community and who are parents of pre-teen children.” Sorry, Fred Wilson, your kids are too grown.
On Business Insider, Mr. Teten writes, “We envision organizing activities that our kids, partners, and we will all jointly enjoy.”
Betabeat has a long a tumultuous relationship with Hashable. We wrote about the service before it was open to the public, when Fred Wilson and Charlie O’Donnell were still topping the leaderboard and Trevor Owens was an intern at Dogpatch Labs. We wrote about its potential to chart the social economy and fill a vacuum left by LinkedIn.
Of course, we also posted an opinionated takedown of the service, and engaged in a spirit online spat with Read More
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Betabeat will be getting some new neighbors! Hopefully the air has cleared and we can all grab lunch.
John Frankel, who has been an angel and VC since the dot-com days, announced today that his ff Venture Capital is building out 5,000 square feet of new office space at W. 36th. It will be the home base for Frankel and his new team, partner Read More
Dan Rather, the CBS evening news anchor for 24 years whose contract was not renewed after he aired an investigative report about former president George W. Bush’s military service that was based on documents that turned out to have been forged and who once said journalists “need to ask more tough questions–and keep asking them,” did a story about New York start-up Hashable about the “new tech landscape,” which airs tomorrow.