I am excited to announce that Complex Media has acquired SuperGlued. Complex Media has been defining urban culture for over ten years,. Their knowledge and passion for music make it a great fit. I will join the company and continue to oversee SuperGlued’s future growth.
SuperGlued was founded on the basic idea that concerts are a shared experience and should be collectively celebrated and preserved. Tom Plunkett (co-founder) and I began working on the concept in late 2008 and publicly launched the first version in summer 2009. It’s been an amazing journey since then. Through it all, we’ve remained committed to the core vision. Concertgoers from around the world continue to inspire us with their photos,videos and stories. Collaborative digital scrapbooks continue to form. With Complex Media’s reach and support, we’ll be able to take it to the next level.
SuperGlued would not be possible without the hard work, inspiration and support from many people. Sincere thanks to Tom Plunkett (co-founder), Jane Mount (original SuperGlued design), Aron Mezei (lead developer), New Wave Socket team, Lucette Jefferson, Laurie Jacobsen, Justin Nesci, Sarah Huang, Ben Apple, Mitch Baruchowitz, Jerald Tenenbaum, Ilya Fridman, Fuzz Productions, Justin Pollack and Vikram Kochar.
I want to especially thank our community of live music enthusiasts for their early support. The future looks bright.
– Rush Doshi, Co-Founder
We’re honored to be named to Billboard’s top 10 music startups. It’s been a great year for so far. Key highlights include the launch of our Android app and updated iPhone app, partnership with MTV to power their Live and Local apps, working with bands like Pearl Jam, Interpol and Kings of Leon on engaging competitions and growing our audience by 500%.
Congrats to the other music startups mentioned. You can read the feature story by clicking on the Billboard magazine cover below.
Netted, a daily email curated by the Webby Awards folks, selected SuperGlued as their app of the day for October 7th. We’re super-excited to be mentioned. Here’s a blurb:
In order to properly sing the praises of our favorite bands who’ve won the fight, we use Superglued. Their website and their apps for iPhone and Android let you track all of your favorite concerts while planning for your next upcoming favorites.
Things like attending a show and uploading a photo or a set list will earn you points sometimes good for prizes—or you can just use it as your personal concert calendar. It also syncs with just about every social network available so you can spread the love wherever you want to.
Pearl Jam turns 20 years old this year. 20 years! Remember when Ten came out and you thought Eddie Vedder was the coolest guy in the world for jumping into the crowd in the Evenflow video? Pearl Jam partnered with SuperGlued to find their biggest fan. And that’s no easy task so we made it a competition. Participants earned points for posting setlists, photos and videos from PJ concerts over the past 20 years. The point leaders then put together a brief video clip with their PJ story.
Congrats to Kelly! Watch her video and be inspired. It’s funny, moving and genuine. She won a trip to Pearl Jam’s 20 year anniversary celebration in Alpine Valley. And congrats to the other contest winners and to the thousands who shared their Pearl Jam experiences.
Summer in New York is when you should stay IN town if you love live music. For the next 10 weeks, New York concertgoers can rack up points for their social media activities as they go from show to show from now until September 4, with weekly prizes including CMJ badges, SummerStage passes, concert tickets and gift certificates to local food trucks. The Grand Prize is a trip to the Moogfest festival in Ashville, NC. The package includes VIP Festival passes, airfare and hotel. Lineup includes Moby, Passion Pit and the Flaming Lips.
After signing up for SuperGlued, you’ll earn points for common concert-going activity such as posting Tweets, checkins, photos, videos, blog reviews and setlists. There will be dozens of weekly prizes throughout the summer so you’ll have a chance to win even if you fall far behind the overall music junkie.
SuperGlued’s Summer Music Junkie Contest is presented by MTV Hive – a new website for passionate music fans that combines music news, artist interviews, opinion pieces, original video series. Partners include CMJ, SummerStage, Paste Magazine and the Bowery Presents.
Learn more at Summermusicjunkie.com.
Ok. Who is going to SXSW next week? Did you create your schedule? Did you coordinate with your friends? Know anything about those bands on the showcase? What’s official and unofficial? Will the line at the door be too long? Overwhelmed yet? RELAX - we’ll help you survive! Download the new SuperGlued iPhone and Android apps to help you organize, coordinate and document your SXSW experience.
The new version includes lots of helpful features including:
- Full SXSW Schedule – View calendar of shows by day of the week, artist or venue
- Create Your Schedule - Select the shows you plan to attend and stay organized.
- Recommended shows – If you are an iPhone user, we can scan your iTunes library and recommend shows. We’ll also add your favorite artists when you connect to Facebook.
- Real-Time Update on Where Friends Are At – Not sure where to go? See which shows your friends are at in real-time. And then ask them whether it’s worth heading to that show.
- Artist Bios - Learn more about each artist performing – bio, past shows and photo gallery.
- Live Twitter Stream - Post and browse Tweets from the show
- Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare integration – When you connect to your other accounts, we automatically add your friends on other services to your list on SuperGlued.
There are many more exciting features we plan to add in the coming months. We’d love your feedback on what you like and could be better – could you take a few moments to share your thoughts?
If you are at SXSW, please say hello. Follow us on Twitter or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to meetup.
Who’s on your last.fm top 100 list? Now you can share it with SuperGlued. By doing so, we’ll add your top 100 list as favorite artists and let you know when tickets go on sale. We’ll also recommend shows you might like based on last.fm listening habits.
Go to your settings page to connect with last.fm.
We’re super-excited about the Interpol contest currently running on SuperGlued. Fans can win opportunity to meet the band and other prizes including limited edition merchandise and prints designed by Shepard Fairey. How cool is that?
There are many ways to earn points. One particularly fun way is to post a video of yourself singing a cover version of your favorite Interpol song. That gets you 100 points and instant props (from us at least).
All info is on the Interpol contest page. So start earning points and good luck!
We’re psyched to be running a contest around Stornoway’s North American tour. If you plan to attend any of their shows over the next few weeks, you could win cool merchandise for things you are doing before, during and after. Stuff like posting tweets, photos, videos, blog reviews and setlists. For each of these activities, you’ll earn points. The folks with the most points win great prizes like Stornoway LPs, CDs, T-Shirts and posters.
Learn more about Stornoway and the contest. And have fun at the show!