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Rocket104 is offline Old 05-01-2012, 11:50 AM   #1
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sorry if this was already posted - had no idea he was jumping into angel investing

http://techcrunch.com/2012/04/30/soc...ing-investors/

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Socialcam Nabs Angel Funding From The A-List: Yuri Milner, Tim Draper, Laurene Powell Jobs, And More

The race to be the “Instagram for video” is hotter than ever, and Socialcam, the app that spun out of video sharing pioneer Justin.tv last year and was part of Y Combinator’s winter 2012 class, is hustling hard for the lead. The company has raised seed funding from a group of angel investors that reads like a “who’s who” list of tech and entertainment industry heavyweights.

I’ve been hearing whispers about Socialcam’s crazy angel round for weeks now, and I’ve finally verified the full list of the startup’s seed backers. Unfortunately I’ve not been able to ascertain the exact amount of money the company has raised, though — when I reached out to Socialcam CEO Michael Seibel for more detail today, he would only say that “the list speaks for itself.” (Don’t worry, I’ll keep working on getting that dollar amount.)

I’ve pasted the entire list at the bottom of this post, but some of the names include (in no particular order): Tim Draper, Yuri Milner, Ari Emmanuel, Laurene Powell Jobs, Ashton Kutcher, Brian Chesky, Paul Buchheit, Alexis Ohanian, and many more.

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Silicon Valley Vs. Hollywood? Not Exactly

Socialcam is based in San Francisco while Viddy is based in Los Angeles, so the apps have reputations for attracting different crowds as investors and users: The Silicon Valley set for Socialcam, the Hollywood crowd for Viddy. But that geographical characterization is increasingly inaccurate. Socialcam has nabbed Hollywood power agent Ari Emmanuel as a backer, and Britney Spears apparently just joined the service this past weekend posting a video of her sons dancing around. Viddy meanwhile counts Twitter co-founder Biz Stone as an investor, and Mark Zuckerberg joined the service yesterday to post a video of his dog.

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The Socialcam Angel Backers
As promised, here is the full list of Socialcam’s angel investors:

Brian Chesky – CEO, Airbnb
Jonathan Abrams – Partner, Founders Den
Jason Johnson – Partner, Founders Den
Zachary Bogue – Partner, Founders Den
Michael Levit – Partner, Founders Den
Jeff Kapel – Assistant Coach, Duke Basketball
WME – Ari Emmanuel & Jason Lublin
Trajan Langdon – Retired NBA Basketball Player
Yuri Milner & Felix Shpilman – Startfund
Troy Carter & Allison Streuter – Atom Factory
SV Angel – Ron, David, Kevin, Topher, Robert
Crunchfund – Michael, MG, Patrick
Paul Buchheit – Inventor of Gmail, Founder FriendFeed, Partner Y-Combinator
Garry Tan – Partner Y-Combinator, Co-Founder Posterous
Alexis Ohanian – Partner Y-Combinator, Co-Founder Reddit
Harj Taggar – Partner Y-Combinator, Co-Founder Auctomatic
Paul Graham – Co-founder Y-Combinator
Jessica Livingston – Partner Y-Combinator
Tim Draper – Draper Associates
Stewart Alsop – Alsop Louie
Erik Moore – Angel investor in Zappos
Justin Kan – Co-Founder EXEC, Co-Founder Justin.tv/Twitch.tv
Emmett Shear – CEO & Co-Founder Justin.tv/Twitch.tv
Kyle Vogt – Co-Founder Justin.tv/Twitch.tv
Matt Ocko – Angel Investor
A-Grade Investments – Ashton Kutcher, Guy Oseary, and Chris Hollod
Ronny Conway – Andreessen Horowitz
Justin Caldbeck – Lightspeed
Shervin Pishevar – Menlo Ventures
Laurene Powell Jobs & Stacey Rubin – Emerson Collective
Ram Shiram – Sherpalo, Angel Investor in Google
Shane Battier – NBA Basketball player, Miami Heat
Michael Rapino & Michael Abrams – Live Nation
 
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Lots of NBA & ex-NBA players invest in companies, some are just simply more financially prudent than others (T-Mac has a water company lol)

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angel investing & venture capital is how the rich become extravagantly rich

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I still don't quite understand the hype around instagram and this viddy and socialcam. How is it better, or different from uploading pictures to flickr or videos to YouTube?

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I still don't quite understand the hype around instagram and this viddy and socialcam. How is it better, or different from uploading pictures to flickr or videos to YouTube?
People eat those filters up
 
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I still don't quite understand the hype around instagram and this viddy and socialcam. How is it better, or different from uploading pictures to flickr or videos to YouTube?
Instagram was purchased because it had 300 MM members

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People eat those filters up
Anything with a user friendly GUI that enables ordinary people to give the false impression that they are talented in something (like Instagram) will be instantly popular.

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Instagram was purchased because it had 300 MM members
Try 25-30 million champ. Not 300.

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The Alaskan Assassin's name is on the list as well.

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Isn't Socialcam the one that constantly posts porn-ish videos to Facebook under unsuspecting people's accounts?
 

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