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  • Exploring The “Labs” Trend in Consumer Startups

    Exploring The “Labs” Trend in Consumer Startups

    For those of us who studied (or suffered through) chemistry at some point in life, images from the chem lab inspire nostalgia (or dread). White lab coats. Protective goggles and gloves. Glass beakers and measuring cups. It is a place of experimentation. Students are given strict lab instructions, such as “Don’t mix baking soda and vinegar,” which many of course ignored. Read More

  • Blue For Facebook Sure Looks Like Color’s Next Hue

    Blue For Facebook Sure Looks Like Color’s Next Hue

    Sometimes the need to test outweighs the need for total secrecy. I’m going to assume Color CEO Bill Nguyen shares that belief. The past two days his Facebook stream has been filled with some seemingly bland pictures. But they’re not bland — they’re test pictures. And they’re sent from a new app called “Blue”. I don’t know much about the app… Read More

  • Color Labs Chief Product Officer DJ Patil Resigns

    Color Labs Chief Product Officer DJ Patil Resigns

    Color Labs Chief Product Officer DJ Patil will soon be leaving the company as a full time employee, we’ve confirmed. Patil, who was LinkedIn’s chief scientist until March, was only with Color for about 5 months. He’ll transition to become an advisor to the company. Color lost cofounder Peter Pham a month ago. This is the second high profile loss for the struggling company. Read More

  • Fly or Die on Color: The Ishtar of IPhone Apps

    Fly Or Die: How Color Became The Ishtar Of iPhone Apps

    Ever since Color launched its photo sharing app, the $41 million startup has been having a rough time. John Biggs and I reviewed it on Fly or Die back in March, when CEO Bill Nguyen joined us to defend the app ( you can watch that episode below, we both gave it a “die”). The company continues to struggle, so we decided to revisit our assessment in the new episode… Read More

  • Troubled Startup Color Loses Cofounder Peter Pham

    Troubled Startup Color Loses Cofounder Peter Pham

    Peter Pham, the president and a cofounder of mobile social startup Color, is no longer with the company, we’ve heard from multiple sources. The company launched publicly less than three months ago. Color has been controversial because it raised so much venture capital – some $41 million – and had such a lousy launch reception. The service creates proximity based social… Read More

  • The Creepiest Royal Wedding Photo Ever, Courtesy Of Color

    The Creepiest Royal Wedding Photo Ever, Courtesy Of Color

    Well, the Royal Wedding is over. Wasn’t that wonderful? If you weren’t watching on TV, there were about a million ways to participate online. Millions watched on YouTube, Livestream and elsewhere. And even those who were there uploaded their own photos and videos, including this guy. ┬áI’ll call him the masked Union Jack freak. Is that some sort of S&M suit… Read More

  • A Colorful Weekend

    A Colorful Weekend

    This past weekend, I headed down to Mexico with a group of friends for a bachelor party. It was a lot like The Hangover — if you replace tigers, Mike Tyson, and Zac Galifianakis with Macs, iPhones, and iPads. Clearly, we’re all in the tech scene. I bring this up because sometimes it can be telling to see what applications people actually use when they’re away from the… Read More

  • True Colors: Bathing Mobile In An Entirely New Light

    True Colors: Bathing Mobile In An Entirely New Light

    Color Labs is assumed to be the newest combatant in the photo-sharing wars. Many people┬áripped its floppy launch, interface, crashes, and some are feeling creepy about the Chatroulette aspect. Then there was the backlash to the backlash, where believers applauded the vision, risk-taking, and promise of mining meta-data from phones. Even with the latest update pushed out last night to address… Read More

  • The Color Of Envy And Rooting Against Goliath

    The Color Of Envy And Rooting Against Goliath

    We’re now two days into to the life of Color, and it’s still the tech story that everyone in the blogosphere wants to talk about. Yesterday, I detailed why so much of that talk is directly related to the massive funding they were able to secure, rather than the product itself. And I wondered why so many people seemed to be rooting for it to fail spectacularly rather than succeed? Read More