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Bill Gross On How He Will Avoid Stepping On The Giants’ Toes

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Earlier this week, Bill Gross launched a new mobile app and website called Chime.in at the Web 2.0 Summit. I dragged Gross in front of our cameras in teh hallway, where he gave me a demo and sat down for an interview. “The goal of Chime.in is to make an interest network,” he tells me in the video above.

The whole point of Chime.in is to help filter all the noise in social networks. It does this by letting you follow not only people, but also interests, and sort your stream by topic. Reading everything in reverse chronology has its limitations. “The problem with time-descending,” says Gross, “is that it won’t always bring the most relevant things to the top.”

In the video below, I argue it is inevitable that other social networks such as Facebook and Twitter will have to add an interest layer at some point as well. How will he avoid stepping on their toes? Gross has experience dancing with Twitter, which has shut off access to his company, UberMedia, and ended up outbidding him for Tweetdeck.

As you will see in the video, Gross is not too worried.


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Bill Gross is a lifelong entrepreneur and proponent of solar power. While still in college, Mr. Gross founded Solar Devices, a firm that sold plans and kits for solar energy products. As the CEO of the technology incubator Idealab, Mr. Gross has founded several extremely successful companies, including Overture (acquired by Yahoo!), CarsDirect, and Picasa (acquired by Google). Idealab recently moved into the renewable energy market with Energy Innovations, a sister company to eSolar that focuses on the retail…

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Bill Gross On How He Will Avoid Stepping On The Giants’ Toes

(Video Demo) Bill Gross Chimes In

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Earlier this week, UberMedia (and Idealab) CEO Bill Gross launched a new product at the Web 2.0 Summit called Chime.in. It is an interest stream for following people and things you care about. You can even follow part of a person (only what they share about tech, and not what they share about cats). Gross gave me a demo of the iPhone app, which you can see above.


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(Video Demo) Bill Gross Chimes In

Bill Gross Explains What’s Different About Chime.in: “You Can Follow A Part Of A Person”

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Bill Gross was just on stage to officially introduce UberMedia’s latest product, Chime.in. The app hit iTunes yesterday. It is an online mobile social network built around interests.

We’ve been seeing a lot of companies trying to tackle the interest graph lately, and Chime.in is the latest. Chime.in does this by layering the interest graph on top of the social graph (the connections between people you know). One way it does this is by applying a more finely tuned “selective follow” model. “You can follow a part of person or a whole person,” explains Gross. So if you only care about what I say about technology and startups, but could care less about the photos I post, you can only follow my startup stream.

In this way, Chime.in attempts to filter out a lot of the noise from your noisiest friends (hello, Scoble). Backstage, Gross also explained the difference to me between Chime.in and Google Circles (which lets you segment your friends and people you follow). “Google Circles is filtering on the outbound,” says Gross, “this is filtering on the inbound.” What he means by that is Chime/in doesn’t filter only by friends, but by the topics they post and share.

Chime.in is designed so that people can share their thoughts, photos, videos, and links. It could also turn into a marketing channel for entertainment brands. Gross announced partnerships with E! Entertainment, Universal Pictures, Bravo TV and Disney from the start and an investment (in UberMedia) from Comcast.

Here is where Chime’in’s revenue model comes into play. Brands get to run ads on their Chime.in page, as well as in the mobile app. These are like fan pages on Facebook, except that the brands themselves get to make money off the ads on that page. “we let any brand make any rich profile page, we give them the real estate adjacent to it. They want to be were the social activity is happening.” Instead of simply giving links back to their own websites, brands can monetize their social streams as well.


Bill Gross is a lifelong entrepreneur and proponent of solar power. While still in college, Mr. Gross founded Solar Devices, a firm that sold plans and kits for solar energy products. As the CEO of the technology incubator Idealab, Mr. Gross has founded several extremely successful companies, including Overture (acquired by Yahoo!), CarsDirect, and Picasa (acquired by Google). Idealab recently moved into the renewable energy market with Energy Innovations, a sister company to eSolar that focuses on the retail…

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Bill Gross Explains What’s Different About Chime.in: “You Can Follow A Part Of A Person”