Closing Time

Video Q&A Site VYou Shutting Down Its Consumer Product Next Week to Focus on Celebrity and Media Clients

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VYou, the NYC-based video question and answer site that raised $3 million back in May 2011, will be shutting down its consumer-facing product next week. The company, which operates from an office in SoHo, sent out an email to users today announcing that they will no longer be able to upload videos starting April 3rd. By April 5th, the site will shut down completely. Read More

Adventures in Venture Capital

VCs Dave Tisch, Adam Ludwin and Others are Now Ready to Take Your Questions

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When we first joined VYou back in its beta phase, it seemed like just another platform for innocuous oversharing, albeit a higher maintenance one: instead of oversharing from bed in your PJs, you had to look rather presentable to record a video of yourself.

But now, as celebrities flock to the video question and answer platform as a new way to connect with fans, VYou is focusing on building out another aspect of its site: video-based knowledge sharing. In the upcoming weeks, VYou will be assembling groups of experts in various areas. Users can ask them questions and get responses directly from the experts. Read More

Visiting Dignitaries

Oprah Joins New York City Video Startup Vyou to Power Book Club 2.0

Oprah, in the wild. (Photo: Oprah.com)

Vyou, the New York City-based Q&A platform, has a very familiar face on its new service: media mogul Oprah Winfrey. The former daytime diva is using Vyou’s video service to enrich the recently-rebooted Oprah’s Book Club 2.0.

Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail–the Eat Pray Love-ish hiking memoir that inspired Ms. Winfrey to relaunch her book club–also joined Vyou answer reader’s questions. Both women have been soliciting questions on Oprah.com and posted recorded video answers today. Read More

the startup rundown

Startup News: Foursquare Day, Impact Investing, Assembled Capital and New Social Apps

Mayor Michael Bloomberg with Foursquare cofounder Dennis Crowley. The mayor declared April 16 NYC's official 4sqday. (Ben Weitzenkorn)

2×2^2. April 16 is officially 4sqDay in New York and over a dozen other cities around the country. The fan-created social media holiday’s official celebration will begin at 7 p.m. at The Caulfield. Check out the community blog and RSVP here.

CAPITAL IDEA. General Assembly is bringing back “Assembled Capital,” an all day event dedicated to getting startups funded. The $200 (plus a $4.97 fee) to get in is a bit steep, but breakfast, lunch and booze are totally included! The event will include talks, panels and plenty of elbow-rubbing time with the like of Squarespace’s Anthony Casalena, TechStars NYC’s David TischCharlie O’Donnell of Brooklyn Bridge Ventures, Shane Snow of Contently and many others.

AIRbnFREE. Airbnb is teaming up with Thrillist and sponsoring Tour de Thrillist, a bicoastal race to discover all that LA, Vegas, Austin, Philly and of course NYC have to offer. Up for grabs is a five-destination trip and free Airbnb accommodations. Cross your fingers and enter the sweepstakes here. Read More

Occupy Wall Street

VYou Makes Crowdsourced Video Montage of Occupy Wall Street

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VYou, the New York-based video question-and-answer site, just created a group question — “How do we create equality between all people?” — aimed at Occupy Wall Street. Video responses were gathered downtown using VYou’s mobile app, with VYou-sters grabbing testimonies from campers or responding to the question themselves. Any user can answer the question, although the responses are curated by VYou. Read More