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Showbucks
Location: San Francisco, California, United States United States
Founded in: 2011
Stage: Alpha (prototype)
Number of employees: 1-5
Funding history:
- Date: 08/2012, Seed: $250 k (post valuation: $5500000).
Investors: Jan Brandt
Investment Firms: Media Camp
Short URL: vator.co/showbucks
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Showbucks

Saving Human Interaction
Startup/business
San Francisco, California, United States United States
http://showbucks.net

Showbucks is a social app platform that brings face-to-face human interaction back to social apps by combining social video and social gaming technology.

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Company description

Showbucks is a social app platform that brings face-to-face human interaction back to social apps by combining social video with social games.

Social video (i.e. Socialcam) and social games (i.e. Draw Something) are growing rapidly on mobile devices. However, there is no face-to-face human interation in these "social" apps. Just random video sharing and repetitive gameplay with computer graphics. These "social" apps are turning players into an army of clones.

Showbucks brings face-to-face human interaction back to social apps by combining social video with social gaming technology. We create a series of social apps on iOS and Android that allow you to play with your friends face-to-face on video.

Showbucks is incubated at the Founders Den and Turner Broadcasting's Media Camp. Our investors include Turner Broadcasting and former Chief Marketing Officer and Vice Chair of AOL. Our advisors include MC Hammer and partners of Founders Den.

Founder and CEO Michael Yuen is an award-winning entertainment and technology entrepreneur who started his career creating 3D online games for movies like The Titanic and The Fifth Element. Michael was the founder and CEO of Apptera, a speech and mobile app platform handling over 100M calls per year for Bank of America, Fandango and MovieTickets.com. Apptera was funded by Lightspeed ventures and Walden Capital.

Competitive advantage

First to market - first mobile platform to deliver social apps combining social video and social games

Experienced founder - proven serial entrepreneur who founded Apptera

Viral Growth - eveyone who downloads the app with play with 10+ friends

Advanced technology - Patent-pending asynchronous social video gaming system

Established marketing alliance -  celebrities like MC Hammer and media like Turner Broadcasting network


Team
  • Michael Yuen
    Michael Yuen | Team member
    Founder & CEO of Showbucks, saving human interaction
Business model

For consumers: Freemium with in-app purchases. Paid app.

For brands: Sponsorships, promotional campaigns and hosting curated videos.

Competitive advantage

First to market - first mobile platform to deliver social apps combining social video and social games

Experienced founder - proven serial entrepreneur who founded Apptera

Advanced technology - Patent-pending asynchronous social video gaming system

Established marketing alliance -  celebrities like MC Hammer and media like Turner Broadcasting network

Investors
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Media Camp, a Turner initiative, is a comprehensive accelerator program that educates entrepreneurs and enables them to build innovative media businesses. Key features of Media Camp include presentations and workshops focused on media technology, ...