There were perhaps 100 print, online and TV reporters drinking coffee and eating parfait at the press event in Chelsea last week. Media from Bloomberg, CNN, the Associated Press and the New York Times down to GigaOM, Business Insider and BuzzFeed were there for more than an hour watching a mini-parade of celebrities take the stage. Now that Airtime has been out for a week, we can assess the results of that massive press push. Read More
Chicago-based startup founder Romil Patel writes in to brag that he went on Airtime for the first time, ran into Sean Parker (they had a mutual friend), and made a Social Network joke. That joke. You know the one.
Of course Mr. Patel took the opportunity to tell Mr. Parker about his startup, SayClip, an asynchronous app that lets people leave video messages for each other. Writes Mr. Patel:
He was like “you’re a founder of something video related?” I said yeah, then I talked about what exactly SayClip was, which is a private video messaging service for iOS and OS X. He thought being on desktops as a native app running in the background off the menu bar was a smart and practical move for the service we provide. We chattered on, then he asked me what the end vision is for SayClip. I said building a kick ass company that everybody loves. Then he asked “hypothetically” would I ever sell? I said yeah, if someone wrote me a check for $1 billion because I’m not as cool as Zuckerberg. He lol’d and said, you never know, you may get an offer next week in this world.
The rest of the convo was spent chatting about Mr. Patel’s thoughts on Airtime, until Flash crashed in his browser. The moral of the story is, it’s still unclear whether Airtime will take off or flame out. But “a-million-dollars-isn’t-cool” jokes are forever.
Airtime, the Sean & Shawn bred startup that launched earlier this week, has slowly grown on us. Our initial reaction was in line with the majority of the Internet’s: “Okay, it’s Chatroulette without penises.” But the more we’ve used the service, the more its benefits for networking, flirting and stymying boredom have revealed themselves.
But the thing is, since the site hasn’t really hit critical mass yet, you tend to run into the same types of people over and over again. They’re almost always very nice, but in our experience, they also almost always fall into one of the below five categories. Read More
If Airtime wasn’t already star-studded enough, here’s another celebrity who’s excited to check it out. Mark Zuckerberg popped up as the New York online video artist Ronen V. was testing out the service’s video-chat-a-stranger feature. (Interests: Facebook, Daft Punk, fencing. They both like Gary Vaynerchuk.) “I was still figuring it out, it was my first ‘random’ airtime chat,” Mr. V. wrote in an email. “Once I realized who he was, I just thanked him for making facebook. After like 30 seconds he NEXTed me.” Viral marketing stunt, or just trying out his buddy Sean Parker’s new app? We wonder how many other Airtime users got Zuck-rolled today.