Gary Flake believes that a lot of people who share images and other content through social networking services are mostly performing, cultivating artificial online versions of themselves aimed at impressing others.
Naturally, Mr. Flake, a veteran technologist who has held senior positions at Microsoft and Yahoo, has a solution, a service that he believes is a more authentic reflection of its members’ interests, and he has just raised a new round of financing to help it grow.
Clipboard, the start-up founded by Mr. Flake, has echoes of Pinterest, the popular site for sharing images from the Web. As with Twitter, Pinterest members can follow the image galleries created by other members and publicly share their own.
Clipboard – the web clipping service that is a little like a cross between Evernote and Pinterest, racking up 1.7 million clips since opening for private beta in October 2011 – has taken a strategic investment from ed-tech company Scientia. The backing will result in joint product development between the two to target the education market with online collaboration tools.
Web-clipping service Clipboard, which recently underwent a major redesign, is tweaking things yet again. While previously, the company focused only on serving as an outlet where users could clip web content, organize it, and share it with others, today’s update now allows users to import local content, specifically images and text files, and create rich text notes online.
Clipboard CEO Gary Flake, three-time regional wrestling champ and former R&D lead at both Yahoo and Microsoft, once said in a TED speech that "the whole of the data that we consume is greater than the sum of its parts." That seems to be his touch-off point for Clipboard, which officially launched in May. At first blush, Clipboard looks a bit like a Pinterest clone. But the focus isn't on creating static boards of content, it's on the ability to pin any content on the Web and have it posted to the site in its original format, meaning links, videos, and layouts are retained on the site. Flake even showed a pinned Flash game that was fully usable inside Clipboard.
At first glance, you might mistake Clipboard, the impressively-backed web clipping service, for yet another Pinterest clone. But any similarities are only skin deep. Clipboard's real rivals are things like Evernote's web clipper, SpringPad, Delicious, Dropbox and Microsoft's OneNote. That's because, explains Clipboard CEO Gary Flake, Pinterest is about expressing an aspiration, but Clipboard is about getting things done.
Select. Collect. Reflect.
Clipboard, the web clipping service founded by former Overture vet Gary Flake, has just completed the acquisitions of two competitors, Amplify and Clipmarks. The startup, which is taking on the challenge of reviving social bookmarking, is backed by many top notch investors, including Andreessen Horowitz, Index Ventures, SV Angel, Betaworks, DFJ, First Round, CrunchFund and others.
The service now lets users group the various items they've clipped from around the Web into tiles, rather than the sequential list format that's common to social network sites such as Facebook and Google+. Users can still view their items in a list. But the new tile interface gives users the choice to see more clips on their screen than they previously could.
Today we take some time to dive into Clipboard, an intriguing new Web clipping and social bookmarking service started recently by Gary Flake, a former Overture executive who went on to found both Yahoo's Research Labs and Microsoft's Live Labs. We've also learned the names of the fledgling company's many, top notch investors.
Received Seed Funding
Participation Andreessen Horowitz, Index Ventures, CrunchFund, SV Angel, betaworks, First Round Capital, CODE Advisors, Founder's Co-op, Acequia Capital, Vast Ventures, Ted Meisel