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Josh Harris Takes His Wired City To Kickstarter

July 7th, 2011 07:21 admin View Comments

For the past year, Josh Harris has been trying to get funding for his Wired City concept. It’s a crowdsourced Internet TV station where all the viewers are also the broadcasters, multicasting to each other and the World Wide Web.

If this sounds a little like the documentary movie We Live In Public that is because Harris was its subject. He also founded Jupiter Communications and Pseudo a decade ago, but he’s a little bit eccentric. His ultimate vision for Wired City is wild (check out my interview with him from last year below). Harris once told me that all he needed was $50 million to build it. I suggested he might want to start with a smaller, less expensive piece of it to prove it out.

Now he’s taken his idea to Kickstarter, where he is trying to raise $25,000 to build a “net television pilot.” That will probably be enough for the uniforms, and might help him secure some angel money to get a real production going. “More importantly,” he tells me, “it is a litmus of audience interest in the thing.”

In it’s first day, the project has already raised $2,108. I bet he could raise the entire $500,000 on Kickstarter if he wanted to. It’s perfect for Kickstarter because it’s kind of half-movie, half-Internet startup.

You won’t get any shares in Wired City for contributing, but you will get “privileges for being a founding member,” including a “day of cyber-living on the Wired City set (non-transferable)” and maybe even a “Wired City cadet bandana.” If you pledge $2,500 or more you get:

A Wired City Official dress uniform including jacket, pants, socks, underwear, collared shirt, t-shirt and formal hat. Seven days (for four) of cyber-living on The Wired City set (transferable). PLUS one year of VIP status (including prime capsule hotel living quarters), a personal video assistant and special powers/privileges. PLUS 20,000 BoWC credits.

Well, what are you waiting for?

Source: Josh Harris Takes His Wired City To Kickstarter

A New Mobile App For “Quickly Window Shopping The World.” Do You Want.it?

June 8th, 2011 06:00 admin View Comments

There are about a million Tweets a day with the word “I Want,” and now there is a mobile photo sharing app that can capture all those things people want and share them with the world. The iPhone app is called Want!, the site is Want.it, and the concept is simple: you take a picture of things you want, give it a description, and share it with friends.

The app can broadcast your wants to Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare and Tumblr. It pulls in locations from Facebook and tags from your description. “We want it to be a tool for quickly window shopping the world,” says co_founder and CEO Gene DeRose, who gives me a demo in the video above. You can take pictures of anything you desire: a beautiful watch, a shirt your friend is wearing, a plate of ribs, a nap, a day at the beach. It’s a mobile “like” button. “Like is kind of meh,” says DeRose, “it is kind of meta and that is great. But want is more actionable. It has a possible end in commerce.”

The app lets you follow other people and their wants, and organizes wants by tags such as music, book, car, wine, design, cool, beer, and so on. The app shows the most popular wants as well as a feed of the wants of the people you are following. In addition to people, you can also follow tags, venues, and neighborhoods. Want pulls in location data from Foursquare. Since everything is geo-tagged, you can also see wants nearby. Or if you are at a certain store or restaurant, you can see the most wanted items. Every user generates their own personal catalog of things that they want, and the app can generate most wanted lists across different vectors: location, person, tag.

DeRose was CEO of research firm Jupiter Communications between 1995 and 2002, where a young Dennis Crowley once worked for him. DeRose then went on to found House Party, which helps brands sponsor social gatherings. His co-founder Michael Satow founded MarketXT, which was the first after-hours stock market for retail investors in the 1990s. He was also the CEO of JDS Pharmaceuticals and Mirror Worlds (which is in a $625 million patent dispute with Apple). DeRose and Satow co-founded Skymarker, the New York-based parent company of Want.it, with $300,000 out of their on pockets.

Source: A New Mobile App For “Quickly Window Shopping The World.” Do You Want.it?

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