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Checking Up On Monkey Inferno, The Tech Incubator Where Bebo Is Working On Its Rebirth

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Everyone loves a “where are they now” story — whether it’s about teen idols or once-hot tech apps. Bebo, the social networking startup that famously sold to AOL for a staggering $850 million in 2008 only to be offloaded for $10 million two years later (and ultimately bought back by its original founders Michael and Xochi Birch for just $1 million earlier this year), is no exception.

Michael Birch said in July that his plan is to “reinvent” Bebo at the Monkey Inferno personal incubator the Birches founded and self-funded in San Francisco, and have “a lot of fun” in the process — but we haven’t heard many updates about the plans since then. And people are clearly curious: A Reddit “Ask Me Anything” about Bebo held a couple of weeks back by Monkey Inferno’s CEO Shaan Puri garnered hundreds of questions and made it to the website’s front page.

So TechCrunch TV headed over to Monkey Inferno to see first-hand how Bebo is coming along. We also got a look at some other projects that the team at the Inferno are working on. Check it all out in the video above.