Skout

  • Skout Launches Fuse, An Ephemeral Messaging App That Makes Group Chats Explode

    Skout Launches Fuse, An Ephemeral Messaging App That Makes Group Chats Explode

    Call it engagement hacking. But mobile developer teams from the one that built Facebook Slingshot to that guy behind the app ‘Yo’ app are tinkering with unconventional ways of making people interact. With ephemerality and anonymity, it’s getting weirder. Maybe a little more conceptual. Maybe a little nonsensical. It’s hard to predict what will make people stick, or… Read More

  • With 3X The Active Users From A Year Ago, Skout Launches A Feature For Traveling Vagabonds

    With 3X The Active Users From A Year Ago, Skout Launches A Feature For Traveling Vagabonds

    Skout, the app for meeting new people that picked up $22 million in a round led by Andreessen Horowitz last year, is adding a feature for travelers who want to scope out people in new cities before they land. The Travel feature is a paid premium feature, where Skout users can spend a little bit of virtual currency to meet users in another city. (Normally, you are only connected to users… Read More

  • Skout Borks Its Code, Spams Its Users, Cops To The Error And Apologizes

    Skout Borks Its Code, Spams Its Users, Cops To The Error And Apologizes

    Skout is a mobile app that wants to help you find fine folks around you. It’s raised $22 million from Andreessen Horowitz and is more than half a decade old. It also had a recent spate of spamming-the-hell-out-of-its-users that it has now publicly apologized for, and it’s an episode worth digging into. Read More

  • The Story of Skout: From Deadpool’s Door to $22M Led By Andreessen Horowitz

    The Story of Skout: From Deadpool’s Door to $22M Led By Andreessen Horowitz

    Eighteen months ago, it looked like the location wars were over. Foursquare had just closed a $20 million Series B round and rivals like Gowalla, Loopt and Brightkite weren’t having the same buzz or traction. Meanwhile, Christian Wiklund’s company Skout was down to a skeleton crew of three people after burning much of the $4.6 million it had raised since being founded in… Read More

  • Social Networking: The Present

    Editor’s note: This is the second of a three-part guest post by venture capitalist Mark Suster of GRP Partners on “Social Networking: The Past, Present, And Future.” Read Part I first. Social Networking in Web 2.0: Plaxo & LinkedIn Next began the era of “spam-based” networks of which Plaxo (founded in 2002) was the king.  Co-founded by Sean Parker (yes… Read More

  • Skout Studies What Happens When Dating Goes Mobile

    Over the last decade or so, the public perception of online dating has shifted from being a bit odd to something that’s pretty normal. But even as people get used to surfing the web as they look for a potential date, there’s a new trend emerging: location aware, mobile dating services. Skout, a social dating service with a strong mobile component, decided to conduct a study to… Read More

  • Skout Fully Embraces Location-Based Dating With Homepage Relaunch

    Earlier this year Skout shifted gears, shedding its role as a traditional location-based social network in the same vein as Brightkite to become a network exclusively focused on location-based dating. It’s now primarily centered around its iPhone application, which launched in January and was one of the iPhone’s first dating apps. But until now its web presence has failed to… Read More

  • Thanks To Skout, You Can Now Flirt Online Even When You Go Outside (Exclusive Video)

    This afternoon at DEMO 09, mobile dating / location-based social network Skout will debut a product aimed to complement its web services by bringing the concept of online dating offline, straight to thousands of bars and clubs across America. The project was dubbed Skout OUT and essentially wants to blurs the line between online dating in the virtual and the real world by installing an… Read More

  • Skout Hopes To Help You Find True Love With Your iPhone

    Skout, a location-based social network similar to the likes of Loopt and BrightKite, has decided to take a new approach to mobile-based networking. In conjunction with the upcoming release of its first iPhone application, the site has decided to abandon its role as a standard social network, and is instead reinventing itself as one of the iPhone’s first location-based dating… Read More