• Grouper | Time Inc. 10 NYC Startups to Watch

    Grouper Talks Competition, Partnerships, And Why Group Dates Offer Built-In Credibility

    Grouper has been around since 2011, breaking into the world of online dating by forcing a group situation. The service matches you with singles you may enjoy canoodling with, but asks that each party bring two of their friends for a group date-style situation. But the past year has brought a fierce new round of competitors to the online dating space, such as Tinder and Lulu. We caught up… Read More

  • Now In 20 Cities, Grouper Brings On-Demand Group Dates To The iPhone

    Now In 20 Cities, Grouper Brings On-Demand Group Dates To The iPhone

    Since graduating from Y Combinator in 2012, Grouper has been on a mission to help busy, overworked young people get away from the glow of computer screens and out into the real world to meet new people. To do that, the startup sends its members on “Groupers,” which are essentially blind, group dates between two groups of friends, designed to take the awkwardness out of… Read More

  • Uber Partners With Grouper So Blind Date Goers Can Ride In Style

    Uber Partners With Grouper So Blind Date Goers Can Ride In Style

    On-demand car service Uber is teaming up with online social club Grouper, the companies announced this weekend. With a new program and promotional event called #UberGrouper, users can sign up for an exclusive deal in their city allowing them to use Uber as their luxury tranportation of choice on their Grouper meetups. To kick off the launch, Uber is giving away round-trip Uber rides, free… Read More

  • Grouper Teams Up With Airbnb & Hipmunk To Offer Engineers & Designers A Free “Hackation” In New York

    Grouper Teams Up With Airbnb & Hipmunk To Offer Engineers & Designers A Free “Hackation” In New York

    Great design and developer talent is, as so many know, hard to come by. So online social club Grouper is launching what it calls a “Hackation” in which it plans to offer select developers a free, week-long trip to New York City. On this week-long trip, thanks to partnerships with Airbnb and Hipmunk, developers and designers will get the opportunity to visit NYC (which means… Read More

  • YC Alum Grouper Launches In 10 Cities To Bring You A Better Way To Meet New People

    YC Alum Grouper Launches In 10 Cities To Bring You A Better Way To Meet New People

    There are a lot of dating sites out there and the world doesn’t really need another one. That’s why the young, New York-based startup, Grouper, calls itself an “online social club” even though its members go on “Groupers” (i.e. dates) and sometimes even end up in relationships. In fact, founder and CEO Michael Waxman met his current girlfriend on a Grouper. Read More

  • Groupon Acquires Its Way Into Israel, South Africa And India

    Groupon is determined to launch daily deal sites in markets all over the world, as we’ve seen in the past. This morning, the social commerce company announced that it has acquired SoSasta (India), Grouper (Israel) and Twangoo (South Africa). Terms of the deals were not disclosed. SoSasta has only been around for about three months, but already offers daily deals in 11 Indian cities… Read More

  • Grouper Goes Hollywood

    Grouper’s completely scrapping their old site and being reborn as Crackle. The new site aims to discover the top online video talent for their parent company, Sony, by offering producers the chance at fame and fortune. All the old Grouper accounts will be transferred to Crackle. The new property will be a destination video site, consisting of 12 branded channels for different show… Read More

  • Sony's Grouper Picks Fight With Searchles

    This morning Grouper sent social search engine Searchles a C&D letter and, of course, it was published to the web. Here’s Searchles’ response. Grouper doesn’t like Grouper videos being streamed on the site’s new Searchles TV product. Grouper’s main complaint deals with the re-skinning of the the videos in the Searchles player, which removes their branding… Read More

  • Grouper Just Says "No" To Kenny G

    Grouper, which won the acquisition lottery last year and is now part of Sony, is beginning to take down user videos with copyrighted content. The Grouper blog post discussing the policy says music from Universal is being taken down starting immediately (see our coverage of the Universal lawsuit against Grouper). Grouper is using Audible Magic’s sniffing software to find the offending… Read More

  • Universal Music files suit against Grouper,

    On the day of the Google/YouTube acquisition, YouTube announced a licensing deal with Universal Music. Apparently, Grouper and didn’t get the memo. Universal Music has come out swinging in their first online video-related lawsuit against two of the lesser-known online video sharing websites, and Sony’s recent acquisition, Grouper. The lawsuit takes aim at the… Read More

  • Grouper Targets the Corner Store: Remember That $65m Video Acquisition?

    Grouper, the video sharing site Sony bought in August for $65 million, is announcing a partnership this morning with mass market video camera company Pure Digital. Starting in November, Pure Digital camcorders will ship with software to enable automatic video upload to Grouper or two-step upload to Google Video. This is one of a number of new distribution partnerships that constitute an… Read More

  • Wow – Grouper Sells for $65 million

    Sony Pictures is announcing the acquisition of online video startup Grouper tonight, Tuesday, at midnight EST. The acquisition price, confirmed by Grouper, was $65 million in cash. Our previous coverage of Grouper is here. Sausalito, California based Grouper has built three key technologies: an online video sharing site, a desktop video editor and most importantly a closed (non-bittorent)… Read More

  • Grouper lets video viewers leave video comments

    Grouper, a video sharing site we’ve covered a number of times before, has launched a very cool new feature that could disrupt the crowded world of online video sharing. Viewers can now add their own video comments to Grouper videos and the comments can be watched inside the same embedded player. In just a few weeks the embedded players themselves will be able to record the video… Read More

  • Grouper Kung Fu Action (Humor)

    As I’ve written many times before, the online video space is getting fairly….ahem…crowded (more). One company in the space, Grouper, is dealing with the competitive heat through humor (in an intelligent way – by using their product as the host). An internal Grouper email was sent out to all employees today that said “Grouper Street Fighter. Description… Read More

  • More Video Tools – Grouper V2.0 Rocks

    As I continue my journey to find the flickr of videos, I may have found the (near) perfect product – version 2 of Grouper which launches tonight. Grouper is only available for windows and requires a download. But it’s worth it. The product is currently free and allows unlimited uploads of photos and video. Each piece of content can be shared with the public, kept private or shared… Read More

  • Comparing The Flickrs of Video

    I’ve been tracking a number of sites that offer flickr-like services for video. I’ve taken a look at as many of these services that I could find. The most well known is YouTube, which we profiled in August and which recently raised venture money from Sequoia. But there are at least eight others worth looking at as well. In addition to YouTube, these are CastPost, ClipShack… Read More