KRI, WPO JOIN A TRIBE.Two leading newspaper companies have elected to join the rush of investors plunking money down on new Internet See Web 2.0 and Internet2. companies that specialize in social networking See social networking site.
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Tribe is leveraging the trend toward using computers for social networking -- best exemplified by the web site Friendster.com -- which is predicated upon research done in the 1970s showing that casual acquaintances provided more job leads than people in one's immediate social network.
Friendster says its aim is to match up people for relationships -- both platonic and romantic -- while Tribe's focus is on classified advertising.
"It's clear to us that Tribe is a strong, early leader in trusted person-to-person on-line classifieds," said Allen Morgan, a partner at the venture capital firm Mayfield. "We were impressed with the company's newspaper partnerships and the team's strategy and execution on multiple fronts."
The Silicon Valley-based Mayfield led the round of venture financing.
The Tribe.net system has been in beta testing (programming) beta testing - Testing a pre-release (potentially unreliable) version of a piece of software by making it available to selected users. This term derives from early 1960s terminology for product cycle checkpoints, first used at IBM but later standard throughout the since July 25, and more than 48,000 people have registered to be free users. Tribe plans to generate revenue by selling paid classified listings -- in employment, merchandise, personals, autos and real estate -- as well as targeted advertising.
"We have years of real-world experience on the front lines of the classifieds business," said Hilary Schneider, chief executive of Knight Ridder Digital. "By combining Tribe's social networking tools and listings with our strong, branded local market presence, it's a win for both of us."
The Post Co.'s Ralph Terkowitz said, "The social networking aspect of Tribe.net ensures user-created content and community, which translates to a lower cost of doing business. We think Tribe has the right formula for success."
Tribe Chief Executive and Founder Mark Pincus Mark Pincus was a co-founder and CEO of Tribe Networks. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.
He grew up in Chicago. After business school, he spend a short stint working at TCI and Liberty Media out of Denver, but left to launch Freeloader, and moved to Washington, -- a veteran of Internet start-ups -- said, "The goal for Tribe is to become a sustainable, profitable, independent company in this new market space -- which I call Classifieds 2.0."
Please forgive my skepticism slipping away to cynicism, but it's unclear to me why you'd want to only buy stuff from "trusted" people. Certainly you don't want to get ripped off, but I don't know Don't know (DK, DKed)
"Don't know the trade." A Street expression used whenever one party lacks knowledge of a trade or receives conflicting instructions from the other party. that you'd go so far as to join a community to avoid that. Also, Friendster has one big advantage over Tribe -- it's "all about the hookup hookup,
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