As of today’s launch Airtime is a one-on-one video chat network, but what about tomorrow? Co-founders Sean Parker and Shawn Fanning tell us “it’d be pretty cool” if Airtime became an app platform. The former Napster founders wouldn’t rule out the possibility of photo-sharing on Airtime either.
During the star-studded launch party we also got the stunning Olivia Munn, former host of Attack Of The Show, talking about whether Airtime’s just for geeks, or if your grandma’s going to get on board.
Munn, who’s featured in Aaron Sorkin’s new HBO drama The Newsroom, said she sees Airtime having serious mainstream appeal. Her mom doesn’t quite get Skype, but Airtime is easier since there’s nothing to download. I think I made her a little uncomfortable asking about whether people would have fully-consenting cybersex on Airtime, but she did describe the founders as loving guys.
One thing Parker and Fanning don’t have love for is retreading old problems. While they hinted that any type of stored content might one day be sharable on Airtime, we shouldn’t expect it to become some ‘real-time Instagram’. Parker concluded:
“It seems like the right thing to do is tackle problems other people aren’t working on. Part of the challenge of being an entrepreneur, if you’re going for a really huge opportunity, is trying to find problems that aren’t quite on the radar yet and try to solve those.”
For more on Airtime, check out our coverage:
Face To Face: How Airtime Will Re-Humanize The Internet
Airtime Launches A Video Chat Network That’s The New Place To Hangout Online
Startup Launch As Celebrity Bonanza: Airtime’s Ritzy, Glitzy, Glitchy Debut
and for an idea of how epic the Airtime launch party was, here’s a picture of Parker and Fanning on stage with Olivia Munn, Joel McHale, Jim Carrey, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Ed Helms:
Airtime is a live video platform that allows you to connect with old and new friends in a fun and simple way. Airtime is built on Facebook and uses your Facebook information to connect you with others. In addition to chatting with friends, Airtime allows you to meet new people. Airtime pairs you with other users based on the information in your profile and the criteria that you select. Once you’re paired with someone, you can see the interests...
Sean Parker is a serial entrepreneur and a managing partner at the Founders Fund. As one of the three founders of Napster, Sean helped architect and manage the peer-to-peer file sharing application to become one of the largest on the net. Parker subsequently helped found and manage Plaxo, a VC-backed contact management application company. More recently, Parker worked as the Founding President of Facebook before moving on to join up with Peter Thiel at The Founders Fund,...
Shawn Fanning created Napster in 1998 while attending Northeastern University. He is currently the GM of Rupture at Electronic Arts. Fanning has since founded SNOCAP, a B2B Music Distributor, in 2002, and Rupture, an MMORPG social network in 2006. Both companies were sold in 2008 – SNOCAP to imeem, and Rupture to Electronic Arts.