burbn

  • A Pivotal Pivot

    A Pivotal Pivot

    By all measurements, the new picture sharing service,¬†Instagram, is exploding. A week after their launch, they had 100,000 users. A week later: 200,000. A week after that: 300,000. And then they were made Apple’s App of the Week in the App Store. So yeah, basically they’re likely far past a half a million users already. Not a bad first month at all. But did you know that… Read More

  • Instagram Launches With The Hope Of Igniting Communication Through Images

    Instagram Launches With The Hope Of Igniting Communication Through Images

    “I think that communicating via images is one of these mediums that you’re going to see take off over the next few years because of a fundamental shift in the enabling technology.“ If you need one line summarizing why Kevin Systrom built Instagram, that’s it. A couple weeks ago, I wrote a long preview of the photo sharing app. Today, it is officially launching in the… Read More

  • Distilled From Burbn, Instagram Makes Quick Beautiful Photos Social (Preview)

    Distilled From Burbn, Instagram Makes Quick Beautiful Photos Social (Preview)

    For about the past six months or so, I’ve been using an app called Burbn. Despite being in stealth mode, the app attracted quite a bit of buzz as it was in the location space and built entirely in HTML5. Oh, and the¬†$500,000 investment from Baseline Ventures and Andreessen Horowitz helped gather interest as well. But it turns out Burbn was a red herring of sorts. Or perhaps more… Read More

  • Check-In Fatigue. Or, Why I'm Rooting For An All-Out Location War.

    Check-In Fatigue. Or, Why I'm Rooting For An All-Out Location War.

    I didn’t have the same problems at SXSW this year that some people did. Was it too crowded at some events? Sure. But there were plenty of alternative things to do. Did some of the keynotes bomb? Yes. But there were plenty of other things to listen to. Did AT&T fail? No. Actually, they did an awesome job keeping the network up. Instead, I had a problem of a different kind… Read More

  • Burbn's Funding Goes Down Smooth. Baseline, Andreessen Back Stealthy Location Startup.

    Burbn's Funding Goes Down Smooth. Baseline, Andreessen Back Stealthy Location Startup.

    For the past several weeks, there have been quite a few whispers around the web about a new service called Burbn. Besides having a great name, the service is apparently in a very hot space right now: location-based services. I say “apparently,” because the service is still very much a stealth project. But it’s not so stealth that they can’t get a seed round of… Read More