Nuzzel, a San Francisco, CA-based social news aggregator. The super-easy way to see news from your friends.
about the company
Jonathan Abrams is the founder & CEO of Nuzzel, the super-easy way to see news from your friends. Jonathan is also co-founder and Managing Partner of Founders Den, a shared office space and private club for experienced entrepreneurs and their friends. Previously, Jonathan was the founder & CEO of Socializr, Friendster, and HotLinks, and a software engineer at companies such as Netscape and Nortel. Jonathan is a mentor in Steve Blank's entrepreneurship classes at Stanford and Berkeley, a top-rated mentor at The Founder Institute, an advisor to AngelList and CodeNow, and has been extensively involved in the Silicon Valley entrepreneurial community for over ten years, including as a long-time member of the advisory board of the Silicon Valley Association of Startup Entrepreneurs (SVASE), co-chair of the SDForum Venture Finance SIG, moderator of the SVASE CTO Forum, and a judge for the Stanford Entrepreneur's Challenge business plan contest, the UC Berkeley Business Plan Competition, the Stanford-Berkeley Innovators' Challenge, the Intel Challenge, and Start-Up Chile.
Nuzzel in the press
He speaks with Bloomberg's Emily Chang on "Bloomberg West." What Apple's New iPhone Screens Mean for Users, Suppliers10:04 - Ben Lerer, Thrillist's chief executive officer and Lerer Hippeau Ventures managing partner, comments on Apple's plans to outfit next year’s version of the iPhone with a brighter, higher-definition screen. (Source: Bloomberg)
But social news service Nuzzel wants to leverage the networking factor of having many newsletters emanate from the same place. At launch, this network of newsletters won’t actually offer any network effects, Abrams said, as those will be added when a critical mass of titles develops. He envisions cross-promotion of newsletters or their stories, analytics about which stories are most popular and a “re-blogging” of content between newsletters, possibly stimulated by paid promotion. In its announcement, Nuzzel pointed to a McKinsey & Company report that email newsletters receive as much as 40 times the engagement of Facebook posts or Twitter tweets. But the tool is not really intended for the creation of free-form content, Abrams said, where newsletters are entirely composed by their authors.
It’s easy to wag our fingers as we wait to see how these narratives unfold, but here’s the truth: due diligence only goes so far. “You’re usually dealing with shades of gray.”The truth will set you freeAs you might imagine, due diligence means different things, depending on the sector in which a startup is operating and the stage of its development. Yet the biggest sin committed by investors is simply relying too heavily on their peers’ reputations as a form of due diligence. “If you’re investing in the next Snapchat or Slack, many VCs might feel confident investing on their own,” says Abrams. If you don’t, it increases the likelihood that you can be vaguely misled.”VCs can also perform too much due diligence, apparently.
), the profound secular shift to mobile Internet still has consequences that must be dealt with. The problem now is not finding content, it is finding the right content and hiding from the wrong. It was great to speak with Jonathan Abrams of Nuzzel this week. Consumers standing in front of the content fire-hose want to save their attention for chosen sources, and getting a place on the phone screen is more and more difficult. Jonathan is an internet OG: from Netscape through Friendster to angel investments, and is full of insights.
The idea is that your social media friends are likely to have interests similar to yours and so the news they post will be relevant. Nuzzel was founded by Jonathan Abrams, known as the founder of Friendster, a now defunct pre-Facebook and early social media site. It creates a feed of news stories shared by your friends on Twitter, Facebook and other social media. In addition to showing you news posted by your friends, you also can choose to see postings by friends of friends. Despite a cutesy name that follows Web convention by misspelling a common word, Nuzzel has a fresh take on choosing news stories.