Thursday, September 15th, 2011
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The Startup Scene Has All Been Downhill Since Color Bombed

Well, the TechCrunch "Disrupt" conference in San Francisco has ended. And no one is talking about the drama surrounding TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington's sort-of dismissal any more, because a legal agreement was clearly made with AOL, his former employer, and everyone's obeying the NDA. Plus the vaguely promised self-immolation of the staff of TechCrunch didn't materialize in the slightest. But wait, who won TechCrunch Disrupt???

Of 31 startups competing to be the "winner," they came up with… this thing. "Shaker is a mixture of Second Life, The Sims, and Turntable.fm all mixed together using your Facebook data and connections. Your Facebook profile becomes a walking avatar, your pictures are placed on an virtual wall, you can choose what music is playing in the room for everyone to hear and you can even buy people drinks…. Disclosure: TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington is an investor in Prism Skylabs and is a pending investor in Shaker."

What a lot of hot garbage! Facebook 2D virtual reality party chat? BUYING PEOPLE VIRTUAL DRINKS ON FACEBOOK??? Makes me miss the heady days of the end of quarter one, when Color got a bazillion dollars and nothing happened. Back when a bubble really meant something. Oh well. It's been fun. Meanwhile, this quote from a 22-year-old at the TechCrunch conference, regarding whether there's a bubble or not, IS SOLID GOLD: "I don’t think it’ll be anything like what I read about happening when I was 9 years old.”

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pbump (#8,320)

So you're saying that at a conference predicated on tech people partying and socializing and run by Arrington the most useful app was determined to be one that replicated a party and socializing using technology in which Arrington had invested? I'm floored.

Someone needs to add Facebook Connect to The Palace and relaunch that shit STAT.

narnio (#38)

Shaker, seems about right.

NominaStultorum (#1,638)

@narnio
Wikipedia: "Strict believers in celibacy, Shakers acquired their members through conversion, indenturing children, and adoption of orphans…. Turnover was high; the group reached maximum size of about 6,000 full members in 1840, but as of December 2009 had only three members left."

Myles Tanzer (#13,698)

I tried Shaker out last night. I tried to chat with Anthony DeRosa (he was the only person I knew at the "bar"). He didn't chat me back.
Nobody bought me a drink.
Forever alone superpowers are still intact etc.

narnio (#38)

@Myles Tanzer MILES, SEEMS ABOUT RIGHT!

Connor (#4,136)

If the bubble popped in 2001 then wouldn't that 22 yo be 12 when everything went to shit?

riotnrrd (#840)

@Connor In addition to being very young, he's also very bad at math.

This actually gives me hope for my start up idea: it's like Webvan meets Napster. For pets.

Tyrantanic (#13,751)

Voice or text chat? Cuz if it is text, maybe they'll work in a variable so that the more "drinks" you drink (request for Purple Drank btw) there's a greater chance that it'll replace some of your words with Captchas or Mel Gibson quotes or something?

deepomega (#1,720)

OK, time to start pivoting! Maybe.. maybe this Shaker can become Grindr for drunks? Like you find out who is buying drinks near you.

lempha (#581)

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