Bebo

  • Bebo Rebuilds At Monkey Inferno

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

    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… Read More

  • Bebo’s Founder Michael Birch Says He’s Bought Back The Social Network For $1M, Plans To ‘Reinvent’ It

    Bebo’s Founder Michael Birch Says He’s Bought Back The Social Network For $1M, Plans To ‘Reinvent’ It

    Another turn in the twisted life of social network Bebo, which has unfortunately gone in the direction of a downward spiral for much of the last couple of years: the site appears to have been bought back by its founder Michael Birch for $1 million. Birch originally sold the company to AOL (owners of TechCrunch) for some $850 million back in 2008, and has since been a part of the group that… Read More

  • Natter launches as another attempt to create a "safe" Chatroulette

    Natter launches as another attempt to create a "safe" Chatroulette

    It’s hardly an original idea: Natter has launched as yet-another-attempt to create a “safe’ Chatroulette-style video chat site. Just like Andrey Ternovskiy‘s creation, the site lets strangers find each other via webcam, only this time – and similar to vChatter, which also powers social network Bebo’s own take on the idea – users have to log-in via… Read More

  • Birch returns to help re-invent Bebo, puts his money where his mouth is

    Birch returns to help re-invent Bebo, puts his money where his mouth is

    It’s not quite on the level of Steve Jobs returning to Apple, but every time a founder comes home it leaves me feeling all warm and fuzzy. This time it’s the turn of Michael Birch who has re-joined Bebo as a strategic advisor, along with investing in the social network which he co-founded with his wife Xochi in early 2005 before selling the company to AOL in 2008 for $850… Read More

  • Birch Returns To Help Re-Invent Bebo, Puts His Money Where His Mouth Is

    It’s not quite on the level of Steve Jobs returning to Apple, but every time a founder comes home it leaves me feeling all warm and fuzzy. This time it’s the turn of Michael Birch who has re-joined Bebo as a strategic advisor, along with investing in the social network which he co-founded with his wife Xochi in early 2005 before selling the company to AOL in 2008 for $850… Read More

  • Bebo rolls out bChat – Chatroulette sans-private parts

    Bebo rolls out bChat – Chatroulette sans-private parts

    Following on from the recent addition of IM powered by Meebo’s web-based client, Bebo has rolled out a video chat feature called bChat. Think Chatroulette “sans-private parts” was the line given to me (phew!). It’s provided by Vchatter, the social video chat service that is already available on Facebook and as a standalone offering, and is part of a wider strategy by… Read More

  • Bebo Rolls Out bChat – Chatroulette Sans-Private Parts

    Following on from the recent addition of IM powered by Meebo’s web-based client, Bebo has rolled out a video chat feature called bChat. Think Chatroulette “sans-private parts” was the line given to me (phew!). It’s provided by Vchatter, the social video chat service that is already available on Facebook and as a standalone offering, and is part of a wider strategy by… Read More

  • Bebo Adds Meebo In Belated Effort To Win Over Chat-starved Users

    Bebo Adds Meebo In Belated Effort To Win Over Chat-starved Users

    Bebo just launched Meebo’s web-based instant messaging client across the social network and the company says a million messages have been sent already This is Bebo’s first step towards a much more real-time, interactive platform since they sold to AOL for $850 million in 2008. Right after that AOL let the platform languish, eventually shutting it down for tax purposes and selling… Read More

  • Bebo's Back. And They Plan To Have A Plan (Video)

    Bebo's Back. And They Plan To Have A Plan (Video)

    Bebo is like a bad case of herpes – it just keeps coming back. They sold to AOL for $850 million in 2008. Then AOL, under new management, sort of just shut it down for tax purposes, selling it for next to nothing to Criterion Capital Partners. AOL CEO Tim Armstrong called the whole thing a huge distraction. But if you think you’ve seen the last of Bebo, you’re wrong. A whole… Read More

  • Confirmed: Criterion Capital Partners Acquires Bebo From AOL

    Confirmed: Criterion Capital Partners Acquires Bebo From AOL

    The rumors are true: hedge fund Criterion Capital Partners is indeed the buyer of Bebo. As we reported yesterday, AOL is offloading the social networking service for less than $10 million (other media are reporting a purchase price of around $2.5 million). To remind you: AOL paid $850 million for Bebo back in 2008. Ouch indeed. In a press release that just went out, Criterion acknowledges that… Read More

  • AOL To Sell Bebo For Around $10 Million

    AOL To Sell Bebo For Around $10 Million

    AOL is close to selling Bebo to an investor group, we’ve confirmed from a source close to the company. The price? $10 million or less. Rumors of the acquisition first surfaced this morning, and the buyer may be Criterion Capital Partners. That’s just a bit less than the $850 million AOL paid for the social network in 2008. And as decimated as Bebo is, it’s almost certainly… Read More

  • Social networks overtake search engines in UK – should Google be worried?

    Social networks overtake search engines in UK – should Google be worried?

    Hitwise, the web analytics firm, has a report out today that claims that social networks now receive more UK Internet visits than search engines. Which, if the case, would imply that Google should be considerably worried about its future battle with the likes of Facebook and Twitter, as online marketing spend will surely follow Internet foot-through. Or does it? According to Hitwise, during… Read More

  • AOL CEO Tim Armstrong At Disrupt: "Bebo Was A Major Distraction"

    AOL CEO Tim Armstrong At Disrupt: "Bebo Was A Major Distraction"

    Straight from the horse’s mouth: AOL CEO Tim Armstrong just told the TechCrunch Disrupt audience what most industry watchers already knew: the company made a strategic mistake in acquiring social network Bebo, and it ended up being a “major distraction” for them. Armstrong admitted that it would have been very hard to make Bebo work right out the gate no matter what, and… Read More

  • Bebo founder Michael Birch invests in social media agency Punktilio

    Bebo founder Michael Birch invests in social media agency Punktilio

    Michael Birch, who co-founded social network Bebo along with his wife Xochi Birch, has invested an undisclosed amount in social media agency Punktilio. He’ll also become an adviser to the company. Punktilio, whose clients include Arsenal F.C, Harper Collins, Phones 4u and Simon Cowell’s SyCo Music label, was founded by ex-Bebo Head of Music, Hal Stokes, so there’s an… Read More

  • Bebo's Awkward Email To Media Partners

    Bebo's Awkward Email To Media Partners

    AOL needs to offload Bebo fast. And tax experts say that the best financial result for AOL may be to simply abandon Bebo rather than sell it. All of that makes for a rather awkward situation with Bebo partners. How do you handle that awkwardness? Send out a mass email to all open media partners to explain the situation: Read More

  • AOL Is Ready To Throw In The Towel On Bebo

    AOL Is Ready To Throw In The Towel On Bebo

    AOL has long regretted its $850 million purchase of social network Bebo, and ever since CEO Tim Armstrong came on board it’s pretty much been left to die on the vine. AOL is preparing a filing in the UK to alert regulators there of its plans to either sell or shut down the site. While a sale seems like the logical way to go, Bebo is pretty much worthless now and for tax reasons it… Read More

  • Ex-Bebo CEO Joanna Shields To Lead Facebook’s International Assault

    Facebook has been famously thin in terms of its international organisation. Visiting their London offices recently impressed upon me how few people they actually have in Europe. A few sales staff, a PR, receptionist etc. As far as I could tell, only the affable Christian Hernandez was doing anything in wider Europe, as Facebook’s international biz dev guy. So it’s not before time… Read More

  • Why AOL May Just Abandon Bebo Rather Than Sell It

    Why AOL May Just Abandon Bebo Rather Than Sell It

    Newly independent Aol is still struggling with the fate of Bebo, the social network they acquired for $850 million in 2008. No one argues that Aol underpaid for Bebo. And the social network has fallen from 22 million monthly unique visitors when it was acquired to just 14.6 million today (Comscore worldwide). But even so, Bebo clearly has some value on the open market. Despite that value… Read More

  • Foursquare Checks-In A General Manager: Former Bebo VP Evan Cohen

    Foursquare Checks-In A General Manager: Former Bebo VP Evan Cohen

    Amid rapid growth, Foursquare has hired someone to help ease the load. Evan Cohen, Bebo’s former director of strategy and operations has been hired as Foursquare’s General Manager, we’ve confirmed with co-founder Dennis Crowley. If the title sounds a bit odd, it’s because Foursquare is avoiding having executive-sounding positions, Crowley says. But Cohen’s role… Read More

  • GigJunkie partners with Bebo through new Tour Dates app for UK music fans

    GigJunkie partners with Bebo through new Tour Dates app for UK music fans

    [UK] GigJunkie, a site that helps UK music fans discover gigs and purchase concert tickets, has announced a partnership with AOL-owned Bebo. The new collaboration sees the launch of the ‘Tour Dates‘ application, which enables British Bebo users to get a heads-up of when their favourite bands are playing nearby and of course purchase tickets. It does this by looking at the… Read More