Even though it is still in closed alpha, Seesmic has started generating a lot of buzz in Silicon Valley, in France and in the Social Media ecosystem. I remember clearly when its founder, my dear friend Loic Le Meur, told me months ago about the idea of a video community that would be able to interact and exchange using short form videos - sort of a “Twitter for Video”. I don't recall if my initial reaction was “Doh”, “Yukh” or “Pfffh”. Then, mid October, I had access to the very cut of the product. It was still pretty raw, or at least medium rare, but definitely showed a lot of potential for creating conversations through short form videos on Seesmic itself, but also the on other services that videos can be posted or linked on. I also saw the initial frenzy - that we are used to - around the release of the first set of keys to access the application, and the increasing number of videos created by the first few hundreds of test users. For a group that size, they create a *lot* of video content, and we can see conversations happening around these videos on twitter, youtube or individual blogs.
So yesterday I was at Seesmic, visiting the office - great space I must say, just a puppy promenade away from Dogster's headquarter - where the previously announced recording studio is being built. This gave me the opportunity to be on Seesmic, in show #40 which also featured the inaugural Seesmic logo, aka “The Racoon”. And finally, on that video, I briefly announced that SoftTech VC was investing in Seesmic, joining a list of prestigious investors.
So thank you Loic for giving me the opportunity of being at, on and in Seesmic! And yes, from now on, you will be referred to as “Number 8”, since Seesmic is the 8th investment of the fund. Those paying attention will point out that I had announced 4 investments to date - correctly so. It is just that investments #5, #6 and #7 have not been disclosed yet. They will at the right time in the near future.
I have embedded show #40 in this post, but if you want to suffer watch the full segment we taped, you will find it here.
Finally, I announced on the show that I had a few Seesmic invites, feel free to leave comments, link to this post or message me on twitter (@jeffclavier), and I will send you an invite code.