Xbox One: Evolutionary, Not Revolutionary for...
Yesterday, Microsoft finally demo’d their new “game center,” The Xbox One. It comes complete with HDMI Pass-thru for cable and satellite; Blu-ray player for HD movies, a trending content section of videos your friends are watching; capacity to Skype while watching TV, movies, and videos; tons of memory to store all your movies, TV shows, and music; and slick voice/gesture controls to navigate...
Wondering What We've Been Up To?
It’s been a while since we’ve said much here, but I can assure it’s not for lack of activity. We’ve been busy building the new infrastructure of Shelby TV — your hub for videos that matter to you, your friends, and the world around you. But with spring in full swing, there are a few things worth mentioning, so here’s what’s been up! Starting today, we’re sharing new videos you’ll...
House of Cards: The Content Wars Are A Game of...
chriskurdziel: House of Cards has gotten a ton of attention lately for a few reasons: It’s an awesome show (though I haven’t seen it yet) All episodes were delivered at the same time (to satisfy binge viewers) It’s another major step for Netflix in delivering unique content to keep viewers locked into their model Why is this model smart? Content providers can use exclusive content to be...
Announcing ChipsAhoy.tv and the The Sweetest...
As we announced a little while ago, we’ve been working with Chips Ahoy! as a part of Mondelez International’s Mobile Futures program. It’s been super fun to work with the team behind a brand we’ve loved since we were kids, and it’s even better to see that brand dive into working with startups and video in totally new ways. Today we’re excited to announce that...
Announcing FredWilson.tv and Shelby.tv/Experience
Last night at the NYTM, Dan, Henry, and I got on stage to launch some cool products that demonstrate how we envision the future of video, both of which put individuals in control of their experience. FredWilson.tv When we first told Fred about Shelby.tv, he immediately asked if someday he could have FredWilson.tv. So we are really excited to finally launch FredWilson.tv. His .tv is a public URL...
What it means to "Be human" at Shelby
Yesterday, I tweeted out the following and I wanted to take a minute to expand on the impact of our written values on cultural fit when hiring, as well as the value mentioned, “Be human.” pro tip: when hiring, having clear core values allows you to quickly assess inbound candidates for cultural fit. @shelby #1 = “Be Human” January 27, 2013 Our core values - there are eight of them -...
Shelby Summit 2013
8 Shelby’ers. 7 direct hits with snowballs. 6 pots of coffee. 5 beds. 4 meetings. 3 interns. 2 days. 1 hot tub. 0 connectivity. The Shelby Summit 2013. Last week, we held the first annual Shelby Summit — a two day event in which we took the entire team* up North a couple hours to a house in the woods with no wifi/phone service. We revisited our core values, laid out our...
At Shelby, we are working diligently to provide the best way for you to find and watch video. A big part of that is making your search for content not only relevant, but usable. When you do a search for a video, do you get video in return? No. Instead, you are given web pages with lists of links. Shelby is here to give you the seamless video experience that you want through our very own Shelby...
Can you say “coooookie?” We are excited to announce that we are teaming up with one of the world’s most beloved brands - Chips Ahoy! - as part of the Mobile Futures Program run by Mondelez. Quick bit about Mobile Futures: Mondelez is partnering their major brands with startup companies to create and launch mobile pilots in just 90 days and Shelby is one of a handful of startups selected out...
Another new guy at Shelby? You bet! Welcome Ian Perry to the team. He may be the rookie, but he’s no stranger to startups. Read on, check him out on Shelby - iperry.shelby.tv - and follow @iperry. Hey, my name is Ian. I’m a senior at Cornell University studying information science and entrepreneurship. I’m the Foursquare campus ambassador at Cornell and I work with groups and departments...
We’re excited to officially welcome Frasher Ulaj to the team. Frasher’s been helping out remotely for a while, but it’s nice to have him in house full-time for the winter break. We asked Frasher to introduce himself. Read on, check him out on Shelby frash.shelby.tv and follow @frash. I’m Frasher, a Junior at Babson College. Over the past few months, I’ve been hanging around...
#Election2012 Video Now Live at...
It’s Election Day! This past few weeks, we’ve seen a bunch of great video about the election shared on Shelby. Today, we’ve taken all this coverage and wrapped it up into our new Elections roll at election2012.shelby.tv. You’ll find video from the left, right, and everywhere in between. Whether you’re interested in healthy discourse or some good ol’ political...
#Sandy Coverage and Relief
To all of our Shelby viewers and fans What a week it was in NYC. We hope you are safe and well. For those affected by the hurricane, we send you our best wishes towards a speedy recovery. This past week, Shelby viewers shared some incredible video of the storm, the aftermath, and the inspiring relief efforts. It’s pretty eye-opening to see. So, we created a Hashtag Roll of video for #Sandy. It...
We’re so excited to be working with our friend Steve Kamb at Nerd Fitness to produce NerdFitness.tv! Check out Steve’s post below for more details… It’s an exciting time to be a Nerd Fitness Rebel! Our goal at Nerd Fitness is to eliminate every potential excuse you might have for not getting healthy. We’ve covered how to eat right, how to work out, how to be more...
artsabintsev: Hi everyone, I’ve been jamming away on multiple projects since joining Shelby.tv in April. One of these projects, Shelby Genius, was just released. In a nutshell, Genius can be thought of as a ‘Pandora for Video’. You type in a query, and Genius returns videos that are popular right now and related to your query (we have tons of data and algorithms that determine these pieces of...
Introducing Shelby Genius on iOS
Shelby Genius is available today in the iOS App Store! Download it here. While in the midst of building the next generation of Shelby, we learned that YouTube would no longer be a core app in iOS6. We knew YouTube would inevitably fill that void with their own app, but we had an idea that was too fun to pass up, so our iOS dev Arthur hacked it together in a couple weeks. Using a piece of the...
[original post by danspinosa here] What makes you kick ass on a project? I mean, really f*****g blow the doors off. It’s motivation. No tricks needed. When you’re doing rewarding work and have intrinsic motivation, you will blow it out of the water. Scott Adams wrote an interesting post on the subject… http://dilbert.com/blog/entry/rewarding_work/ …which I forwarded on to my team. At...
Tisch, TechStars, and What's Next?
I first met David Tisch two years ago under the premise that he is an up and coming angel investor who liked sports. At the time, I was pitching our first company HomeField - a video platform for coaches, athletes, and fans. Going in, I thought this is a no-brainer. Coming out, however, I had a very different thought… “TechStars is coming to NYC? …and we should apply?” Despite feeling that we...
Anonymous asked: I'm interested in finding out more about your "video card"... how did you come up with it? How's it different than what's on YouTube?
A Second Round of Funding
“Your people are your most important asset.” “Business is about people.” “Invest in people.” We’ve all heard it 1000 times. With that in mind, we only want to work with great people, be it our team, our partners, or our investors. At Shelby, our investors — Rich Levandov and Brady Bohrmann of Avalon Ventures, along with a great group of angels...
First Comes The Dream
chriskurdziel: Last Thursday night I had the incredible opportunity to see Neil DeGrasse Tyson speak at the Hayden planetarium here in New York about brining STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) to more people and making it a deeper part of our culture. The theme of the event was “First Comes the Dream.” One of my favorite comments of the night was when Neil remarked: “the...
Why We Burned The Boats
reecepacheco: As legend has it, when the explorer Cortes landed in Mexico he ordered his crew to burn the boats that brought them there. This left the men with no choice but to march ahead into the unknown. Recently, we announced that we planned to shut down the current version of Shelby that we’d launched late last fall. We burned our boat. The decision wasn’t easy, but it felt right, and it...
We're shutting down Shelby (kinda)
by Reece Over the weekend, we’ll be shutting down Shelby to make room for an entirely new version that improves upon our vision of being your home for video. Why? While Shelby seems like a very simple product, there’s actually a ton of back-end processing that we must monitor and maintain. So it would be unfair to you, our users, if Shelby suffered as a result of our focus on the new...
A Guide to Surviving the iOS Blackout -or- Stop...
While we finish rebuilding Shelby from the ground up, the iOS app is going dark. We haven’t made this decision lightly, and we believe it’s the right one. You need not fear! We’ll get through this, together. How will I ever survive? Don’t panic. The red-faced-breathing-into-a-paper-bag look doesn’t become you. Leave the Shelby app installed. You won’t have to uninstall/reinstall anything. When...
iOS app may experience crashes
We have discovered a new bug which causes the iOS app to close immediately after login. We are currently working to crush this bug, and hope to have this resolved soon. To all of you who were affected, thank you for your patience. To all of you who took the time to submit detailed bug reports, we are forever grateful. UPDATE: Issue has been resolved.
E[nstitute] on Indiegogo
by reece My partner Dan and I recently had our first phone calls with the inaugural batch of applicants to E[nstitute] and I have to say, there are some very impressive young minds in the program. These are future founders who want to ‘learn by doing’. Some have been to school, some are looking to drop out, but all are mentally preparing to jump into risk-taking, to get off their...
More buttons, more problems
by Mark I’m not sure who Sony is taking design cues from, but it sure ain’t Apple. Given Apple’s success with the iPhone, iPod, and iPad, it almost seems that the popularity of 21st century electronics is inversely proportional to the number of buttons the device has on it. But Sony’s recent “Google TV, Take 2” device goes in completely the opposite...
A Note To Tomorrow's TechStars Presenters
reecepacheco: Tomorrow, 13 companies will take the stage at Webster Hall to show the world what they’ve been working on the last few months during TechStars. I’ve been back to TechStars a bunch recently, and I can say that this class has been pushing their limits to work hard on showing their vision the best they can. I know what they’re going through, because I’ve been through it (back when...
reecepacheco: All right… my boys @wistia have outdone themselves again. Free video hosting plans announced with epic video. Proud to say we were one of their very first customers with HomeField. Love how they’ve grown as a company and how they still have fun and build awesomeness. Now THIS is how you make a promo video.
The Ultimate Trololo Roll →
We’ve been trololo’ing all day (in elevators, at delis, during meetings…), so we thought it best to make the ultimate trololo roll. Enjoy » http://trololo.shelby.tv/ (GT users, you can help make this roll the best ever! Go to shl.by/3n and click “Join”. You’ll be able to add your favorite trololo clips/parodies/remixes and comment on the ones...
'Seinfeld' Season One Premiered 22 Years Ago Today
via Gothamist: The plot of “The Stake Out” was based on a real life incident of Larry David, as he discusses in the clip below. The episode also features the formation of George Costanza’s greatest pseudonym/fake personality, architect Art Vandelay: Nine years later, NBC was offering Seinfeld over $100 million to do a season 10 of the show, but he decided to bow out:...
theschles asked: Hi there. Found you after googling 'instapaper for video'. How do I delete a video from my list? Also, there doesn't seem to be a 'share' button in the iPhone app so I can email a video link to a friend.
Lauren: Last week (aka Internet Week New York), I had the pleasure of speaking on a panel at Likeable Media’s LikeableU conference. I was joined by Bing Chou of QuickLeft, Kelly Rice of Kinvey, Dan Herman of ChatID, and #bestpanelever moderator Clare Tischer of Techstars. We all had very different stories to tell, and mine was (naturally) about goats. I offered Project G.O.A.T.S. as a case...
Slow Down to Speed Up
reecepacheco: Last Friday, our team piled into a couple cars and drove up to Minnewaska State Park Preserve for the start of a company day off for everyone. While Dan and I had scheduled this well in advance, we didn’t have much of a “plan” for our Shelby road trip. I simply stuffed my backpack with lunch supplies and we set off into the woods. No trust falls. No drum circles. No purposeful...
Day as Intern at Shelby.tv
As I swung open the door at “Cyberdyne Systems” yesterday morning, I wasn’t sure what to expect. A few months earlier, after chatting with Reece and Chris about a potential internship, I’d been assigned to Project G.O.A.T.S., during which I was tasked with the odd job of finding (yes, seriously) real-live goats for SXSW. Most interns have to do some kind of cold-calling,...
An American in Amsterdam: TNW Conference 2012
//reece A few months ago, my friend CBM suggested I go to The Next Web Conference. At first, I thought - “Amsterdam’s cool and all, but I’ve already been and I’ve got a startup to run…” But when a free conference pass turned up, then a free hotel room from a friend who couldn’t cancel, and finally acceptance into TNW Startup Rally - a pitch competition at the Conference - it was a no-brainer. So...
And The Next Web Startup Rally Winner...
thenextweb: Over the past couple of days at The Next Web’s conference in Amsterdam, we’ve heard from some very cool speakers and met some really awesome startups. The Startup Rally which has been going on over the past couple of days has now reached its conclusion and we are able to reveal the overall winner is…[drum roll]…Shelby.tv. Shelby.tv, is a social video startup and the only firm...
Twitter - doing the right thing
reecepacheco: Yesterday Twitter announced the Innovator’s Patent Agreement. The IPA is a new way to do patent assignment that keeps control in the hands of engineers and designers. It is a commitment from Twitter to our employees that patents can only be used for defensive purposes. We will not use the patents from employees’ inventions in offensive litigation without their permission. What’s...
Ode to @Shelby
Jordan Kong: The value proposition of Shelby.tv is simple: it aggregates all the video links that is shared by people in my social networks (FB, Twitter, Tumblr). It’s a web application that I initially found superfluous, but now use regularly. In fact, the more I use the service, the more I’ve come to realize why I need it. I’m often missing many of the videos that people share as my feed...
"I'm your guy!"
reecepacheco: Two years ago today we got an email from some guy with the subject “I’m your guy!” We were hiring for our first engineer to join Dan as we built HomeField and this was the first hit we got from a blog post and some tweets about the job. On paper, this guy looked pretty good. Built a couple apps, PhD in physics, college rower… but he also wasn’t a native coder or startup guy…...