Video chat startup Lutebox dumps plan A, goes shopping

What do you do when Google and Sean Parker kill your idea? Change direction. That’s what Ali Ahmed and his videochat startup Lutebox have done, switching from the idea of helping people chat about premium videos to focusing on social shopping.

Should Snoop Dogg launch your startup? Your mileage may vary

Two video chat programs launched to the public this week, but Airtime premiered with Snoop Dogg and JImmy Fallon, while Nyoombl barely made a splash. The two strategies pose an interesting question for the startup world — how much initial buzz do you need for success?

Airtime: not enough there to make me care

Today’s launch event for Airtime, the Sean Parker and Shawn Fanning social video chat service, was a good representation of the product it was showcasing: the star-studded event was not well planned and showy without enough depth. Airtime can still succeed but it needs more substance.

Fanning & Parker to launch Airtime: Here’s what we know

Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker are back: The Napster co-founders will launch their social video chat startup Airtime with a press event in New York Tuesday after quietly operating in stealth mode for some months. Here’s what we already know about Airtime.

Airtime, from Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker, to launch in June

Airtime, the social video startup founded by Napster co-founders Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker, just publicly announced that it will launch in early June. Little is known about the service, but it is said to use Chatroulette-like interaction to get people to meet.

Shawn Fanning, Ready for a Rupture

Last night at a holiday party hosted by super angel, Ron Conway, I ran into Shawn Fanning, who in the past started Napster and Snocap, and talked to him about his most recent start-up, Rupture. Angel investors like Conway and Joi Ito have invested in the company. (Snocap has been on the ropes and might be down for the final count.) Unlike his past two efforts, this one has nothing to do with music and instead is focused on gaming.

While he would not go into specifics, he did say that the new company would help game-fiends connect in a social sort of a way. The news of Rupture was first reported by Business Week last December, and since then the company has been in a beta test mode. Fanning said that the company was going to come out of stealth in a few weeks. I will keep you posted.

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