PushPage has raised $1.7 million to launch its interview-based social media platform, according to TechCrunch, and bring “celeb-style rapid fire interviews” to the masses. Lead investors in the round include Bob Pittman (a.k.a. The Founder of MTV), and Irving Azoff (CEO of LiveNation).
Ask.fm, of course, is already a major player in the ‘ask-me-anything’ market, and PushPage also sounds like a less sketchy version of the anonymous platform Formspring, which shut down in March. Or those old “100 Fun Questions” interviews on Myspace, which featured such amusing inquiries as “Do you sleep with the sheets tucked in or out?” and “What do you dip a chicken nugget in?”
One reason to (maybe) be bullish is the pedigree of the founders — CTO Meir Lakhovsky graduated from Harvard, and Vice President Jared Jaffe graduated from Cornell. At least TechCrunch considered these details important enough to include; considering that 80% of Silicon Valley companies receiving funding in the past five years from a top-five VC firm were graduates of either Stanford, MIT, or Harvard, we might as well be transparent about the tech “meritocracy.”
Over 5,000 people have signed up for PushPages so far, and the founders hope that celebrities will soon be using the service to connect with their fans; Teen Mom/porn star Farrah Abram already has her PushPage up and running.