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Music streaming company TouchTunes is said to have secured $45 million in Series E funding at a $300 million valuation. Although those are some pretty impressive figures, the news is perhaps most notable for how it’s been made public — through an apparently accidental email address typo.

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Music streaming company TouchTunes is said to have secured $45 million in Series E funding at a $300 million valuation.

Although those are some pretty impressive figures, the news is perhaps most notable for how it has been made public: through a case of mistaken identity and the modern world of instant public broadcasting. A Google employee named Patrick Barry received an email at his Gmail account apparently intended for TouchTunes’ CFO, also named Patrick Barry.

Apparently amused, Barry promptly relayed the news in a public post on his Google+ account:

In case anyone cared, touchtunes.com just got $45M series E investment at a $300M valuation. People really should remember not to mis-type their email addresses when sending confidential stuff like this – it turns out that I am not pbarry@touchtunes.com.

I’ve reached out to TouchTunes for comment, as well as to Google’s Patrick Barry. I’ll update this post with any additional information I receive.

  1. KInd of a low move to publicise it though? It’s quite easy to send a mail to the wrong person, the right thing to do is reply and let the guy know, not tell everyone. Even a kid would know that.

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    1. Right on

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    2. Colleen Taylor Wednesday, August 3, 2011

      I can certainly see that point of view. But if the email had accidentally landed in the inbox of a reporter, he would be hard pressed to keep it to himself. The most you could expect the reporter to do is give the company a heads-up and the opportunity to comment — but it would very likely be published either way.

      Social media tools like Google+ have the potential to put everyone in a similar reportorial role. A scoop is a scoop, and it’s natural to want to take it public. I think it’s fascinating to see it happen.

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  2. I strongly suspect that Patrick Barry didn’t receive an email. For that to happen, the original sender would have to had the email id of both the Patricks in his address book, suggesting the sender is an acquaintance of Patrick of Google, in which case he wouldn’t have made it public. Right?

    So I surmise that it took place in G+ and the sender intended to do Limited sharing with Patrick of Touchtunes. Since the UI of G+ lists a handful of matches to the names, a wrong mouse move selected Patrick of Google and the sender didn’t realize it.

    The lesson is to be careful while selecting names for Limited sharing in G+

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