TeeBeeDee.com — a social network aimed at baby boomers — is shutting down. In a note to members, founder Robin Wolaner said that the company had lacked the resources to continue developing the site: “Our business opportunity proved disappointing.” The site had raised
more than $7.5 $9 million from Shasta Ventures and Monitor Ventures, as well as from a series of high-profile executives, including Jan Brandt, the former chief marketing officer of AOL (NYSE: TWX). Its board included Shelby Bonnie, the founder of CNET. Wolaner herself was the founder of Parenting magazine and a former executive vice president of CNET.
At the time of TeeBeeDee’s launch, Wolaner said she had started TeeBeeDee for much the same reason as Parenting: “I recognized that people my age were like our parents and needed an outlet that reflected that. Looking at social networks today, people my age are looking for information, not hanging out, so I saw a need there too.