• Yahoo Acquires Qwiki For Around $50 Million

    Yahoo Acquires Qwiki For Around $50 Million

    In another display of their intent to buy the entire Internet, Yahoo has just acquired Qwiki, an iOS app that helps users create movies out of the photos and videos in their camera roll. Read More

  • Qwiki’s New Storytelling iPhone App Was Downloaded 125K Times In Six Days

    Qwiki’s New Storytelling iPhone App Was Downloaded 125K Times In Six Days

    Startup Qwiki launched a new iPhone app a little more than a week ago, and it now says that the app was downloaded 125,000 times in the first six days, with 27,000 Qwikis created. A Qwiki is a slideshow-style video automatically assembled from a user’s photos, videos, and music. It still shows the company’s roots as a multimedia search engine, building a video presentation… Read More

  • One-Tap Storytelling: Qwiki Sheds Its Web And Search Roots, Goes Mobile-Only With Beta Launch Of New iPhone App

    One-Tap Storytelling: Qwiki Sheds Its Web And Search Roots, Goes Mobile-Only With Beta Launch Of New iPhone App

    In 2010, Qwiki captured the TechCrunch Disrupt cup, thanks to an ambitious product that sought to transform the way people consume information online. Like an interactive, multimedia version of Wikipedia, Qwiki essentially combined images, audio and video for pretty much anything you could search for on the Web into a multidimensional, narrated movies. Read More

  • Qwiki’s Next Move: Mobile-Only; Web App To Transition To A Pro Tool

    Qwiki’s Next Move: Mobile-Only; Web App To Transition To A Pro Tool

    TechCrunch Disrupt winner Qwiki appears to be shifting its focus, from a web-based creation tool to mobile-only. Read More

  • Qwiki Embraces HTML5 And Takes The Next Content Step With The Qwiki Editor

    Qwiki Embraces HTML5 And Takes The Next Content Step With The Qwiki Editor

    Today at TechCrunch Disrupt, last year’s winner, Qwiki, took the stage to give an update on their business. We originally noted that they may be the future of information consumption. But that information was largely pre-packaged at the time. Today, they’ve starting to give people the power to make their own Qwikis. CEO Doug Imbruce announced the Qwiki Editor today. With it… Read More

  • Wibbitz Raises Seed Funding To Turn Articles Into Video Summaries

    Wibbitz Raises Seed Funding To Turn Articles Into Video Summaries

    Wibbitz, a new service that functions as sort of a “play button” for the Web, has just raised a seed round of approximately half a million. The service is similar to former TechCrunch Disrupt winner Qwiki, in that it, too, automatically generates videos on the fly using the content found on a given website. But unlike Qwiki, Wibbitz is positioned as a tool designed specifically… Read More

  • Qwiki Will Soon Let You Qwiki Yourself

    TechCrunch Disrupt winner and alum Qwiki took the stage today for an update on news from the startup. What makes Qwiki so compelling is its ability to generate media on the fly that combines text, audio, and animated photos. It presents information in a highly visual way, assembling photos and spoken text from Wikipedia and other sources to create visual guides to millions of topics. The… Read More

  • Qwiki Cofounder Louis Monier Exits, Joins Proximic

    Qwiki Cofounder Louis Monier Exits, Joins Proximic

    TechCrunch Disrupt: San Francisco 2011 winner Qwiki has a hot iPad app (250,000 downloads in 11 days) and plenty of cash. But one thing they no longer have is cofounder Louis Monier. He’s left the company, he tells me, to join Proximic as Chief Scientist. And that means Monier won’t be attending Disrupt next week in New York to help hand over the Disrupt Cup to the next winner. Read More

  • Qwiki iPad App Hits 250K Downloads In 11 Days

    TechCrunch Disrupt winner Qwiki launched its iPad app in the App Store a less than a week ago and after 11 days has hit the quarter of a million downloads milestone. This is notable for an iPad app, especially when compared to other highly publicized iOS app milestones; It took iPhone app Instagram six days to hit 100K, SoundTracking two weeks to hit 250K and FourSquare a whopping seven months… Read More

  • Qwiki's Mapolicious iPad App Hits iTunes

    A couple weeks ago, Qwiki CEO Doug Imbruce came by my office to talk about his new iPad app (watch video below), but he wasn’t quite ready to show it. This morning it finally hit iTunes, where you can download it for free. In many ways, Qwiki was made for the iPad because it is like a visual Wikipedia. Even when the startup won TechCrunch Disrupt last September, it was already working… Read More

  • Qwiki's iPad Moment Is Coming (TCTV)

    Qwiki's iPad Moment Is Coming (TCTV)

    Ever since Qwiki won the last TechCrunch Disrupt in September, it’s been working on an iPad app. In fact, one of its overexcited developers showed me a peek back then. Well, it’s come along way since then, and Qwiki is currently working on the finishing touches before submitting a real app to the iTunes store sometime in the next few weeks. Qwiki founder and CEO Doug Imbruce… Read More

  • Disrupt Winner Qwiki Raises, Like, $1 Million From Groupon Co-Founders

    TechCrunch Disrupt winner Qwiki is on a roll. The visual search startup raised $8 million earlier this year from a number of well-knowninvestors including early Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin. And today, the startup is announcing that it has received $1 million in new funding from Lightbank, the investment fund of Groupon co-founders Brad Keywell and Eric Lefkofsky. This brings the… Read More

  • Lessons From TechCrunch Disrupt Audience Choice Winner Badgeville’s Launch

    I was honored to have been selected to launch my social rewards and analytics company, Badgeville, this past September at TechCrunch Disrupt. Badgeville made it to the final round of the Startup Battlefield and won the Audience Choice Award. As a result of our success at TechCrunch, we’ve had the opportunity and good fortune of selling over $1 million in Web-based software, securing… Read More

  • Video Search Engine Qwiki Is Now Available To The Public

    TechCrunch Disrupt winner Qwiki launched publicly today after a week filled with the news, most notably that of an $8 million funding round led by Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin and YouTube founder Jawed Karim. Qwiki, for those of you who haven’t been following the hype, basically reads heavily Wikipedia-sourced articles out loud with photo and video accompaniments. Read More

  • TechCrunch Disrupt Winner Qwiki Hits No. 1 On Google Trends 'Hot Searches' In The U.S.

    Buoyed by news that early Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin led an $8 million investment in the startup, TechCrunch Disrupt winner and visual search startup Qwiki has hit no.1 on Google Trends ‘Hot Searches’ in the U.S. That’s a pretty impressive feat for a startup that was virtually unknown six months ago. And the company is still in private alpha. What makes Qwiki so… Read More

  • Facebook Billionaire Eduardo Saverin Leads Qwiki's $8 Million Round

    Facebook Billionaire Eduardo Saverin Leads Qwiki's $8 Million Round

    TechCrunch Disrupt winner Qwiki has closed its $8 million series A financing, which I first reported a couple weeks ago when it was midway through the round. Now we know the investors, and it is a very interesting group. The largest investor who led the round turns out to be Eduardo Saverin, the early Facebook co-founder who was pushed out of the company but walked away with enough shares… Read More

  • Disrupt Winner Qwiki Is In The Middle Of Raising A Quick $8 Million

    Qwiki, the visual search startup that won the top prize at TechCrunch Disrupt last September is in the middle of raising as much as $8 million in a series A financing. According to an SEC filing, it has already sold $5 million worth of the round. Both venture capital firms and individuals are investing. It appears that a large part of the round ($4 million so far) is being taken up by a… Read More

  • A Qwiki Snapshot Of AOL

    This is too funny not to post. The screen grab above comes from Qwiki, the visual search engine which came away with the top prize at our last TechCrunch Disrupt. Qwiki is still in private alpha , but it essentially assembles a visual narrative for millions of topics by pulling together images and text, which is read out loud by a friendly, female robo-voice. When you search for… Read More

  • Qwiki Has No Qwiki For Qwiki

    The world is starting to get a first hand glimpse of TechCrunch Disrupt winner Qwiki. And one of the things they’re noticing is this – Qwiki has no qwiki for Qwiki. In other words, the site turns up no results for the query “qwiki,” and apparently a lot of first time users are using that as a test query. Just like lots of people type “google” into Google… Read More

  • Disrupt Winner Qwiki Arrives In Private Alpha (1,000 Invites)

    When Qwiki won the top $50,000 prize at TechCrunch Disrupt a few weeks ago, after much celebrating, co-founders Louis Monier and Doug Imbruce promised the service would start to open up privately in October. Today, they are making good on that promise and launching in private alpha, gradually letting in the 50,000 people who have already signed up for access. But if you are reading this post… Read More