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Tuesday, July 29, 2008
No Blinking: Jessica Alba is in Staring Contest with 824 IBeatYou Users
At the two-month-old start-up IBeatYou, "celebrities and average consumers alike" can "roll up their sleeves, get dirty, and have fun competing," cofounder Cash Warren says.
Users challenge each other to contests, from "Best 60 second rant" to "Best 'While You Were Sleeping' Photo," and vote for the winner based on the video, photo and text submissions.
Cofounders and competitive childhood friends Abdul Khan, NBA star Baron Davis, and Cash Warren have harnessed the star power of Steve Nash, Will Farrel, Adam Sandler, and Warren's wife Jessica Alba to draw users to the site. I posted Jessica Alba's staring contest entry below.
Liz Gannes at NewTeeVee pointed out that Paparazzi-harassed celebrities could use the site to exert control over their public images--just as politicians do on YouTube. But for the site to succeed, people need to come for more than celebrity sitings, Khan tells her.
Earlier this month another contest platform, Amuso, opened to the public, providing IBeatYou some fresh competition.
Andy interviewed Khan, Davis and Warren at the AlwaysOn conference at Stanford last week.
--Kelsey Blodget, Associate Producer
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Baron Davis plays dominoes with kids at an Oakland Boys and Girls Club
Baron Davis shows off his Yardbarker blog to kids at Oakland area Boys and Girls Club.
Baron Davis visits with kids at an Oakland area Boys and Girls Club.
David Spates makes a response video to the stare challenge videos by Jessica Alba, Baron Davis, Kevjumba and others. You can see their videos at
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Andrew Baron, founder of the pioneering webisode Rocketboom came by the Beet.TV studios earlier today for a debrief about the just announced syndication deal with Sony and its implications for his company.
Andrew told me that the guaranteed revenue from syndication will provide the resources to increase production by as much as double. He doesn't plan new shows, only an expansion of Rocketboom which has five episodes a week.
He said the distribution deal will get Rockeboom viewers on a number of media platforms including the Playstation, mobile devices and on television.
Moreover, for Andrew and his crew, the deal with Sony establishes the viability of the business of Rocketboom and provides value for potential investors. No question, he is now in a stronger position to raise money.
In this clip, he speaks about the challenges in making a profitable Web video business. He says that starting the show when he did, he was early.
Ever the optimist, he says that the fledgling business of Web video production will become real businesses in 12 month. Amen!
-- Andy Plesser, Executive Producer
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Baron Davis joins Jenny Craig to get into game shape and lead a nation to better health
Jenny Craig Inc., one of the nation's leading authorities on weight management, announced today that pro-basketball star Baron Davis is the company's newest "star" client. The two-time All-Star point guard is the latest celebrity to join the ranks of Jenny Craig weight loss success stories Queen Latifah and Valerie Bertinelli.
Davis wanted to lose weight in the off-season to get into the best "game-shape" possible and decided to incorporate Jenny Craig into his training regimen. After losing 19 pounds on Jenny Craig's at-home program, Jenny Direct®, Davis plans to educate sports fans about the positive health benefits of losing weight.
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Clippers vs Lakers
Baron Davis strips Kobe Bryant.
Baron Davis breaks ankles and hits the basket.