VESTED VENTURES -- Sep 13 -- On September 7 Gamma users gained access to Socializr. Socializr.com is a "free web service for sharing event and party information with your friends. Use Socializr to plan the ultimate social life!" It's a very clean and simple design with friends list, comments on friends/events, event invites w/RSVPs, photo posting/sharing for users and events, and forums. Organizations can have their own webpage for posting events. There is a link to "IM this event." I'm not too impressed as of now. I would have thought that $1.5 million in 2 rounds of funding and many months of development would have produced something better. It's Evite with social networking. Hopefully there's much more functionality that's going to differentiate this business better than the only interesting piece of this business, which is the the founder had previously created Friendster. Competitors: Evite, Upcoming.org (purchased by Yahoo), Renkoo, Skobee, Mollyguard, Eventful, Zvents, Google Calendars.
Mark Brooks: I worked with Jonathan in 2003. Markslist.com (my domain) was the events center on Friendster for a while and we run a series of events called 'Friendster Exposed which pulled 300 attendees at a time. He always had an interest in Evite-esque functionality. Jonathan moved from Silicon Valley to San Francisco and has been partying it up since he cashed out and left Friendster. He's more plugged in to the hipster network and should be able to do a great job seeding another social network.