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First Digg, then the online video network, Revision 3 and now another start-up! Business Week poster boy Kevin Rose is rumored to have teamed up with Daniel Burka also of Digg, and first time entrepreneur Leah Culver and has started a new company. Rose and Burka […]

First Digg, then the online video network, Revision 3 and now another start-up!

Business Week poster boy Kevin Rose is rumored to have teamed up with Daniel Burka also of Digg, and first time entrepreneur Leah Culver and has started a new company. Rose and Burka have worked closely on tools like Digg Spy. Burka is one of the main designers of Digg.com. Rose and Burka have worked closely for nearly two years.

We have learned from sources familiar with the company, that the trio are currently working on a new kind of a communications tool, that can be dubbed as an IM competitor. The company which is currently operating in stealth mode is going launch sometime later this month. When we contacted Rose, he declined to comment. Seems like he is going to work on this in parallel with the other two start-ups.

His previous two start-ups, Digg and Revision3, have been funded by Greylock Partners’ David Sze.

Photos courtesy of “Scott Beale/Laughing Squidhosted on Flickr.

Errata: Daniel Burka works for Digg, not Stamen Labs, as I wrote earlier. My bad!

By Om Malik

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  1. Om: How would David & other investors allow Kevin Rose to work on other startups? How does Kevin pull this off?

    (In addition to the fact that the new doesn’t seem to be related to Digg)

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  2. p.s. Leah Culver is also the girl who successfully pulled this off:

    http://leahculver.com/laser-etched-laptop/

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  3. Rather than hero I get the feeling that Kevin Rose is going to be the poster boy for the Web 2.0 bubble. His work gets a lot of attention and Digg used to be great, but I wonder how much value has really been created or more importantly what is the future earnings outlook of his ventures. I’m not sure it is as good as the hype would suggest.

    http://www.ebizmba.com

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  4. Not much info there. They could have given us some screenshots or a short list of features.

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  5. Well, I think Kevin is looking for more income streams since he’s got his fingers crossed after the HD-DVD stuff.

    Who knows maybe Digg would go down ?

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  6. Didn’t Rose mention an IM idea he had on one of the past Diggnations? Something along the lines of allowing friends to befriend your friends’ friends. This could also have some type of friend ‘pool’ of similar friends. Any other ideas?

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  7. Sounds like a Twitter competitor. Though the genius of Twitter is that it doesn’t so much replace IM as embrace and extend it.

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  8. Om, Why would you publish this? Your friendship/ business relationship with Kevin should have been more important than getting eyeballs to your site by breaking confidential information.

    Mike

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  9. hooray! more choices.

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  10. @ ebusiness, I hate to say it but I kind of think so too.

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