I had the pleasure of sitting down for an hour with Dmitry Shapiro of AnyBeat this week. The last startup he did raised $70 million for the online video space before being sued for more than $1 billion by Universal. He won the battle (the lawsuit) but lost the war (went bankrupt, with pending litigation he couldn’t get funded.
He’s back in the game as an entrepreneur and this time he wants to take on Facebook. Or does he? We talked about how his new company, AnyBeat, will be a difference kind of social network.
We had a chance to discuss many issues of our day. I’ll let you watch the video to find out what we thought, but we covered:
- Why YouTube took off when Veoh and others didn’t
- What we thought about Google Plus’s concept of circles (hint, I think it’s the wrong strategy & discussed in detail why)
- Facebook “lists” and why the algorithmic approach is better for maintenance
- What the NetFlix changes were all about and the economics behind this.
- We had a long chat about “pseudonymity” – so much so that I came home that night and wrote this blog post.
(Cross-posted @ Both Sides of the Table)