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Chat it Up at SXSW with Austin-based Banter

Banter_PlayStore_StreamAustin-based Banter just launched at South by Southwest Interactive.

Yes, some people say not to launch at SXSW because the signal to noise ratio is just too high. So much stuff going on SXSW that a new company might just lost in the shuffle.

But Banter’s app seeks to solve that problem.

Banter is the “first anonymous social network,” which connects people to topics and converstaions that they might be interested in. Users can reveal as much or as little about themselves as they choose on Banter and they can chat about whatever they want. It has created apps for the Android and iOs mobile phones, available for free download at Banter.

Andrew Busey

Andrew Busey

Andrew Busey, inventor of iChat, the first Web-based chat platform created Banter along with Tony Chen, ex-Zynga head of product.

Banter works by allowing people to make public or private chat rooms varying in size from a couple of people to large groups. The chat rooms can also be location-specific around a venue, conference or party. Public chat messages only last for 24 hours and private messages can last for six months.

The app is great for live events when people want to talk about the Oscars, Super Bowl, news events or when people go to a bar or an event together like SXSW.

“If you’re looking for a room that doesn’t exist Banter will let you create it or join the closest room in the same context,” according to its news release.

Tony Chen

Tony Chen

“Banter allows users to finally expand beyond friends and family to include new people that share views and interests,” according to its news release. “Chat was so popular during the early days of the Web because of how invigorating this experience of connecting with new people can be — especially new people that share your passions. But somewhere along the way, chat died and was replaced by social networking. Now, just as you might text your friend while waiting for the bus, you can chat with someone in South Africa about the 2014 World Cup. That’s the power of Banter.”

Austin Entrepreneur Andrew Busey joins Austin Ventures

Austin Ventures announced that Andrew Busey, a well-known Austin entrepreneur, has joined its firm as a venture partner.
Busey formerly served as vice present and general manager at Zynga, makers of Farmville.
“In his new role, Andrew will help the venture team identify and attract very early-stage companies,” John Thornton, general partner of Austin Ventures, said in a news statesman.
Busey built Challenge Games into large social gaming company which Zynga acquired. He also co-founded Pluck, which DemandMedia acquired.
He is a graduate in computer science and marketing from Duke University and holds an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Lori Hawkins, technology reporter with the Austin American Statesman, has covered Busey for a long time and has written a good story on his latest move.

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