New York, NY
The nature of online social is changing. Facebook created a networked world by introducing the social graph, and built a platform on asynchronous commenting and liking of content. However, that type of social interaction has the unintentional result of creating a feeling of loneliness and disconnected social interactions. We are entering a new age of richer, real-time communications that seeks to engage in the same depth of our real relationships, with new social interactions designed to replicate the experience of actually being together with your friends. Founded by Sean Parker, Airtime is shifting the way the world is present together and evolving the way we share and consume media. Currently available for iOS and Android, with desktop in the coming months, Airtime is a social video network that let’s you talk, watch, and listen together through group video and live media sharing. Airtime organizes your social graph into rooms, virtual spaces for friends to hang out on group video just as they would in the real world. Integrated with a wide range of content currently including Youtube, Spotify, Soundcloud, Twitch, Vimeo, and Giphy, people can share the music and videos they love while seeing the reaction of their friends, all without leaving the app. The social experience of being together around content is introducing a new type of engaged social system. This experience is made possible by a 55 person team that has pioneered Airtime’s proprietary technology infrastructure based on the WebRTC standard. The company has built a distributed global video infrastructure, delivering a seamless experience for users across bandwidths and device types while scaling to millions of concurrent users for both video and co-consumption content. Airtime is based in New York and Palo Alto and is backed by Kleiner Perkins, Andreessen Horowitz, Google Ventures, Founders Fund, Accel, SV Angel and a host of other partners.