RockYou

  • Slide Got Theirs, Now RockYou Gets Some Too

    Back in January Slide pulled off a whopper of a financing for an effectively pre-revenue startup: $50 million, valuing the company at a cool half billion dollars. Not bad. No one was surprised to hear that arch-rival RockYou would soon close a big round of their own. And we have not been dissapointed. Today RockYou is announcing a $35 million Series C round, led by DCM. Previous investors include… Read More

  • Watercooler's SN Apps for Fans Backed by $4M

    Watercooler's SN Apps for Fans Backed by $4M

    Meet Watercooler, a startup developing social network applications for all the usual suspects – Facebook, MySpace, Bebo, Hi5, and Friendster – that allow fans to rally around their favorite sports teams and TV shows. The Mountain View-based firm raised a previously undisclosed $4M in Series A funding from Canaan Partners this past September. While it’s been developing Facebook… Read More

  • Blodget Says Facebook Is Only Worth $9 Billion, Hypothetically Speaking

    Blodget Says Facebook Is Only Worth $9 Billion, Hypothetically Speaking

    Putting a value on private companies is hard enough for insiders and venture capitalists who have full access to the company’s financial statements. When outsiders try to do it, even well-informed ones, it is nothing more than a guessing game. But it is nonetheless perhaps one of Silicon Valley’s favorite parlor activities. Today, Henry Blodget & Co. at Silicon Alley Insider try to… Read More

  • Hummer Winblad Partner Will Price Resigns To Head WidgetBox

    It’s not often a partner at a successful venture capital fund leaves to do anything except retire (although there is some evidence to the contrary). But Will Price, a general partner at Hummer Winblad Venture Partners, has resigned from his firm and, as of today, is the CEO of widget startup Widgetbox. The company has raised $14.5 million from Hummer Winblad, Sequoia Capital and Northgate… Read More

  • Amid Yahoo Turmoil, AOL Makes An Acquisition

    Amid Yahoo Turmoil, AOL Makes An Acquisition

    On Monday AOL will announce the acquisition of San Diego-based Goowy, a startup founded in late 2004 and which launched, incidentally, in my living room in late 2006 (we had a TechCrunch party where Goowy, Meebo, Sphere and other startups launched). The size of the deal is not being disclosed. Their first product was a Flash-based webtop or alternative operating system. But later they went into… Read More

  • How Much Is a Facebook Ad Worth?  Lookery "Guarantees" (Drum Roll) 12.5-Cent CPMs.

    How Much Is a Facebook Ad Worth? Lookery "Guarantees" (Drum Roll) 12.5-Cent CPMs.

    It should come as no surprise that the ad inventory on social networks like Facebook are not worth much. A new offer by Lookery, a startup that places ads on social apps inside Facebook and Bebo, is offering a guaranteed ad rate of 12.5 cents for every thousand impressions (CPM). The promotion, which runs through April is probably close to what Lookery can get for ads it places on Facebook. Add in… Read More

  • Meebo Turns Chat Rooms Into A Web Service

    Meebo Turns Chat Rooms Into A Web Service

    Today, Web-based IM and chat room provider Meebo is releasing full-fledged APIs for its Meebo Rooms that will allow Websites to embed chat functionality in an automated fashion. Currently, Meebo Rooms can be embedded on sites or blogs manually by pasting in the appropriate code, which has already led to a proliferation of such widgets. There are more than 200,000 Meebo Rooms, attracting millions… Read More

  • Google, Facebook Battle For Computer Science Grads. Salaries Soar.

    Google and Facebook are fighting hard to hire this years crop of computer science graduates, we’ve heard, and ground zero is Stanford. Most of the class of 2008 already have job offers even though graduation is months away. Last year, salaries of up to $70,000 were common for the best students. This year, Facebook is said to be offering $92,000, and Google has increased some offers to… Read More

  • PlayFirst Takes $16.5 Million Series C, Inks Deal With RockYou

    PlayFirst Takes $16.5 Million Series C, Inks Deal With RockYou

    Casual gaming startup PlayFirst has secured $16.5 million Series C in a round led by DCM that included original investors Mayfield Fund, Trinity Ventures and Rustic Canyon Partners. The new round brings total funding for PlayFirst to $26.5 million. San Francisco based PlayFirst was founded in 2004 and is focused on creating “shared casual game experiences around lasting original… Read More

  • RockYou App Slides to Top Spot on Facebook

    RockYou App Slides to Top Spot on Facebook

    On Friday, RockYou took over the top spot on Facebook’s list of applications with the most active users. The application, called Super Wall, overtook Slide’s FunWall. Slide still has the No. 2, No. 3, and No. 6 Facebook apps, while RockYou only has one other app in the top ten (X Me, at No. 5). The top apps are still ruled by a few dominant names. In a press release touting that it is… Read More

 
  • First OpenSocial Application Hacked Within 45 Minutes

    First OpenSocial Application Hacked Within 45 Minutes

    It didn’t take long for someone to hack the first OpenSocial application. In fact, it took just 45 minutes. A developer who goes by the alias “theharmonyguy” and describes himself as “just an amateur” claims to have compromised the RockYou OpenSocial application on Plaxo called emote (see the Plaxo blog for details on the application). Specifically, he claims to have… Read More

  • Details Revealed: Google OpenSocial To Launch Thursday

    Details emerged today on Google’s broad social networking ambitions, first reported here in late September, with a follow up earlier this week. The new project, called OpenSocial (URL will go live on Thursday), goes well beyond what we’ve previously reported. It is a set of common APIs that application developers can use to create applications that work on any social networks (called… Read More

  • Facebook To Launch Friend Grouping. Competition Can Suck.

    Facebook To Launch Friend Grouping. Competition Can Suck.

    So Facebook will finally allow users to group friends and control information flow based on friend type. For guys like Robert Scoble, who have 5,000 friends (the limit), this may be a way to finally sort through the real friends from the fans. It’s a much needed feature that people have been requesting for a long time. It also shows the steady maturity of Facebook from a college network to a… Read More

  • Slide Users Adding One Million New Widgets Daily: That's a Lot Of Widgets

    Slide Users Adding One Million New Widgets Daily: That's a Lot Of Widgets

    San Francisco based social network widget provider Slide has hit new highs, with reports that they are now serving over one million new widgets daily. Slide provides widget based photo slideshows that users can embed in a range of social networking sites including MySpace, Facebook, Bebo and Friendster. Slide has impeccable backing, being founded by PayPal co-founder Max Levchin and funded by… Read More

  • Facebook Takes Action Against "Black Hat" Apps

    Some of the most popular Facebook applications are using highly questionable tactics to spread themselves virally. Users have noticed and complained, and Facebook took action today to put stop the most egregious behavior. There are two ways application developers are breaking the rules to get new users. The first: When a user looks at an application on his/her profile the application can show… Read More

  • How Much Is A Facebook User Worth? At Least $0.30

    How Much Is A Facebook User Worth? At Least $0.30

    People aren’t wasting any time trying to figure out how to monetize all those thousands of Facebook apps that have sprung up over the last couple of months. At least three advertising experiments have launched – the most promising, by far, is RockYou. fbExchange The first out the door was FBExchange, a copycat of the LinkExchange idea from the nineties. It was created by the 30Boxes… Read More

  • Slide Reveals Big Stats; Look Out For Newcomer Flektor

    The news earlier this week that MySpace is acquiring Photobucket for up to $300 million highlights the importance of the widget space in general, and photo/video sharing widgets in particular. Competitors like Slide and RockYou allow users to create photo slide shows with various effects and transitions, and then embed those slide shows onto MySpace pages and other profiles. These services are… Read More

  • More Information On RockYou Financing

    More details on the RockYou financing are leaking, although we still can’t get confirmation from the company or previous investors. A source close to the company says they raised $11 million in this second round at a $50 million post money valuation, most or all from European investor Partech. The company had previously raised $1.5 million from Sequoia Capital and Lightspeed Venture… Read More

  • Big Round of Funding For RockYou

    We’re getting reports from multiple sources (but no confirmation from the company yet) that photo widget company RockYou has raised a big round of financing. The unconfirmed numbers are $10+ million at a $50+ million valuation, which is in line with what competitor Slide raised late last year. The company had previously raised $1.5 million from Sequoia Capital and Lightspeed Venture… Read More

  • SuperBowl Ads (Not Really) From Startups

    Today’s the day – SuperBowl XLI. Hundreds of millions of people around the world will eat junk food, drink beer, and watch the best television advertising all year interrupted periodically with a football game. Six startups (Meebo, Meez, Multiply, Plaxo, RockYou and Technorati) who can’t afford the $2.5 million plus for a thirty second spot during the game got together to produce… Read More