Definitely one of the prettiest things I’ve ever made. #blastfrommyflashpast
We’re beyond excited to announce that we’ve closed a series A round of financing from some very intelligent people that believe strongly in what we’re doing. We’re thrilled about the opportunity this affords us to move fast, hire great talent, expand our platform, and maintain a stocked fridge full of delicious Portland microbrews.
We’re also happy to release our digital content solution for musicians and labels, enabling them to control their own distribution, sell concert tickets, and drop their latest mp3 tracks — selling direct to their fans in-stream on Twitter.
Below is the official release. Above are some of the press covering the announcement.
It’s time to scale!
— TechCrunch (@TechCrunch) April 24, 2012
Chirpify raises $1.3 million, expands Twitter payment platform dlvr.it/1TKxK7
— GigaOM (@gigaom) April 24, 2012
Chirpify lands $1.3M to sell music and concert tickets through Twitter goo.gl/fb/4GGAt
— GeekWire (@geekwire) April 24, 2012
— Glenn Peoples (@billboardglenn) April 24, 2012
— All Things D (@allthingsd) April 24, 2012
— The Next Web (@TheNextWeb) April 24, 2012
Twitter commerce platform Chirpify raises $1.3M from social media execs wp.me/p1re2-1Llq
— VentureBeat (@VentureBeat) April 24, 2012
Portland startup Chirpify lands $1.3 million in backing to promote commerce on Twitter orne.ws/JTL7Eq
— Silicon Forest blog (@siliconforest) April 24, 2012
Chirpify launches Twitter payments, gets $1.3M investment bit.ly/JClI6B
— TechFlash (@TechFlash) April 24, 2012
Portland’s Chirpify raises $1.3M in Series A round bizjournals.com/portland/morni…
— PDX4Biz (@pdx4biz) April 24, 2012
Chirpify Lands $1.2 Million In Funding, Launches Twitter Sales Platform For Music bit.ly/I9VPdk
— hypebot (@hypebot) April 24, 2012
— Silicon Florist (@siliconflorist) April 24, 2012
— Techmeme (@Techmeme) April 24, 2012
Voyager Leads $1.3M Round in Chirpify, Turning Tweets Into Sales bit.ly/IcU4Nt
— Xconomy (@Xconomy) April 24, 2012
Twitter Payment and Commerce Platform Chirpify Lands Financing from Voyager Capital, CEOs of Hootsuite and Buddy TV, and Former Facebook Executive
Chirpify also launches Twitter Commerce for Digital Content to purchase music and concert tickets directly through Twitter
Portland, Ore. – April 24, 2012 – Chirpify, the Twitter Commerce Platform, today announced it has secured $1.3 million in series A financing. Voyager Capital, angel investor Geoff Entress, BuddyTV CEO Andy Liu, former Facebook executive Rudy Gadre, HootSuite CEO Ryan Holmes, and TiE Oregon Angels all contributed to this first round of financing for the company.
“Twitter is a tremendous platform for brands, retailers, politicians, musicians and others to engage fans, yet with more than 140 million users there’s still no way to directly exchange goods and currency,” said Hootsuite CEO Ryan Holmes. “Chirpify provides a unique approach to fill this void by processing transactions without ever having to leave Twitter.”
In addition to securing funding, Chirpify is launching its new Twitter Commerce for Digital Content platform, a way for musicians to sell and consumers to buy digital content like songs and concert tickets via Twitter. Chirpify’s Twitter commerce platform provides a simple way to turn tweets into transactions, and the new digital content offering extends that same power to any content.
“Chirpify now makes it possible to sell digital content in-stream on Twitter, enabling musicians and artists to sell direct to their fans and control their own distribution,” said Chirpify CEO and Founder Chris Teso. “People already use Twitter to follow the brands, musicians and others they care about, so why can’t they get the latest product or hot new song right through Twitter? Now they can.”
According to Jake Schaefer with Minneapolis hip-hop label Rhymesayers Entertainment,
“Chirpify allows us to deliver digital music and goods to our fans in a way that’s most convenient to them by providing a truly mobile shopping experience.”
How Twitter Commerce for Digital Content Works
Selling and purchasing digital content with Chirpify is easy. Artists simply upload content to their Chirpify dashboard, and click to tweet. Consumers use Chirpify to securely connect their Twitter and PayPal accounts, and once linked reply to the tweet with something as simple as “@favoriteartist buy (insert digital content).” Chirpify then sends a secure download link via direct message and/or email to download that song or other digital content.
More Than Digital Content
Chirpify has solved a huge problem: how to monetize social media. It gives individuals, companies, organizations—anyone—the ability to buy, sell, donate or pay someone with a simple tweet. Because it works anywhere that Twitter does, any user on any mobile device, tablet or computer can use Chirpify to conduct seamless and secure transactions. While Chirpify is a complete commerce platform, it also offers deep integration with existing e-commerce storefronts, including Magento, for back-end fulfillment, listing and transaction management. To use Chirpify, merchants simply click the “list on Twitter” button when drafting an item listing for sale in their e-commerce or Chirpify dashboard. They can also use Chirpify to set the item price, quantity, shipping price and shipping timing. For Chirpify plans and pricing, go to http://chirpify.com/twitter_commerce.
Chirpify (www.chirpify.com) is a seamless payment system for Twitter commerce. With full integration to PayPal, Chirpify enables businesses to buy, sell, donate and exchange funds on Twitter, turning tweets into immediate transactions. Based in Portland, Oregon, the Chirpify platform is the first social commerce system to offer direct monetization through Twitter. To learn more about Chirpify and begin sending or receiving payments today, visit www.chirpify.com.
Some more videos from a Dallas to Portland road trip my father and I took this summer.
For 5 years now I’ve been making music. Sweet drum and bass music. By myself. In my basement. I’d like to make music again. With people.
I’ve been a drummer for a while. Played out in a band in Boston. I’m looking for some good people to do a once a week or so thing. See where it goes. Hopefully make up some songs and have fun doing so.
Let me know if you want to be one of those people.
We’re looking for an experienced web developer to help build the next iteration of Sell Simply.
We’re building the first Twitter commerce platform enabling individuals and businesses to transact on Twitter. As such, we have some creative and challenging problems to solve! You should at a minimum be down with OOP and PHP, frameworks such as CodeIgniter, and comfortable interfacing with API’s. Even better, you’d know about multiple queue processing with Redis and php-resque.
We’re rebranding, building a new web app, new website, and our own API. We’re looking for a solid teammate to help us as we launch the aforementioned and scale up to support a lot of excited users.
The position is contract to start. Please email hello[at]sellsimp.ly.
Finally getting around to post some video’s from a Dallas to Portland road trip my father and I took this summer. My father and I sat and watched the sun dip behind the mountains while strong gusts from a thunderstorm sweeping left to right sent bolts of lightening through rays of sun down to the sand in Mesquite Flat Dunes. It was the most surreal nature experience I’ve been a part of it. As an atheist, the feeling of being alone in the middle of Death Valley with all hell breaking loose was as close to religion as I’ve felt. These videos, as usual, do little to convey the feeling of being there in that moment.
Here’s a still from one of the videos.
Devpreneurs, I have some side projects that I’m no longer able to tend to.
- Flickfolia – SaaS model. Enables anyone to make a professional, device agnostic, photography portfolio using Flickr as their cms. Has a bunch of users paying monthly fees.
- theGOODUploadr – A Flickr desktop uploadr. The best one out there. Don’t believe me? Ask the community. Has over 15k users. App is currently free.
- Pinionated – A stripped down Quora with a fun spin/gamification.