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CHNL, Berghs School of Communication Collaborate on Social UX Design Challenge

LOS ANGELES, CA–(Marketwire – Mar 5, 2013) - CHNL (http://chnl.it), the social content discovery browser, today announced that design students from the prestigious, Sweden-based Berghs School of Communication are working with the Santa Monica-based social commerce startup on a design challenge. As part of the challenge, the students envisioned what kind of content and user experience will appeal to CHNL’s socially savvy users in three to five years. Berghs School of Communication is centrally located in Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, and for more than 60 years has been consistently developing a program of study that mixes the strategic, creative and production aspects of design and communication into a cohesive unit. Berghs students were enlisted to design an outstanding service experience around users’ social media content. About 50 students worked on the project to help CHNL imagine what future services they could offer in three to five years, with the purpose of improving life through making social content more meaningful. “Integration between disciplines and working with real clients has been a key to Berghs’ success over the years,” said William Easton, the program leader (formerly head of the school). “And for this project students in graphic design and interactive communication worked together. Each group started out by doing some research about people’s experiences with social media, before developing new services that would have the potential to exist in three to five years.” Prior clients that have worked with Berghs on the design challenge include multinational players like Mercedes, Siemens, Microsoft, Nokia and IKEA. The students were excited to discover they would be working with a California-based start-up like CHNL, and as part of the challenge, have been divided into seven different “mini-agencies” who could pull different communication skills. John Wander, CEO of CHNL, added, “It is fantastic to be given the opportunity to work with such creative and energetic minds. It was amazing to see the solutions they came up with and figure out how we can implement some of these service design ideas. The winning team was comprised of seven individuals (Diego Fria, August Larsson Hernmarck, Carl Platon, Nils Bohman Strom, Eva Klingstedt, Karin Rapp, Marc Ostlund). It was extremely difficult to pick a winner as all the teams demonstrated out of the box innovative ideas for new features, technology, and new market segments.” “CHNL gave Berghs an ambitious and challenging brief with few limitations and a commitment to work with the students to implement the best solutions into real services to engage users globally. It was great brief and I think the quality of the responses shows that perhaps one of the only truly renewable resources we have is imagination. When this is directed at a challenging problem really exciting things can happen!” Since announcing the addition of Groupon and Living Social, CHNL is set to become the brand of choice and trust when it comes to helping people improve their life through access, control and convergence of social content. To set up your “CHNL,” visit http://chnl.it. About CHNL CHNL is the ultimate social content browser, bringing your online DNA — videos, photos, music, news, and deals — into one clean, simple and intuitive “channel.” CHNL allows users to discover new, interesting, and personally curated content while never missing what’s trending across networks. See what’s being said about a piece of content, engage in the conversation, and share your social feed content across all your networks, all together in one place, on any device — your channel. Located in Santa Monica, CA, CHNL is led by veterans of such companies as INgrooves, FiltrBox (acquired by Jive Software), and Topspin Media, with backing from the Giantstep Angel Network. To set up your “CHNL,” please visit http://chnl.it.

CHNL to Host Official Streamy Awards After Party

Hollywood Reporter CHNL, a social content browser, is hostting the official Streamy Awards afterparty at the rooftop of the Andaz Hotel in West Hollywood on Sunday. Taking place from 5-7 p.m., the after party will feature DJ sets from KCRW’s Jason Bentley (“Morning Becomes Eclectic”) and CHNL co-founder and CEO John Wander. “It seems like there’s a popular new social network every month, creating a discordant experience in our online lives,” said Bentley. Read more.

CHNL partners with Groupon, LivingSocial to curate more than the social Web

Digital Trends One day the only tab on your browser that you’ll need open is CHNL.it, or so its founder says. CHNL is a social content discovery browser, a one-stop shop for all the news that your friends or subscriptions are sharing, complete with the increasingly familiar tiled format popularized by Pinterest that’s taken the Internet by storm. Read more.

CHNL Adds Daily Deals, Looks to Be the One Content Aggregator to Rule Them All

With the plethora of social networks that a person logs into daily, from checking Facebook to keeping up with Twitter, LinkedIn, Tumblr, and a multitude of others, Santa Monica, CA-based CHNL wants to be the go-to browser for social content discovery. Read More.

Techfaster Interview with CHNL

CHNL CEO John Wander and head of Product sit down with an interview with Techfaster CEO Ryan Jones, as well as @Drew_techfaster. John and Ameet talk about design process and our ultimate goals in crafting a beautifully simple social content browser, share thoughts on the state of social media, and the future of digital content distribution. They also speak about the experience of holding a private beta for Robert Scoble, and also speak about their partnership with Thievery Corporation, and how it came about. Watch the video interview over on Techfaster.

CHNL in Tech Zulu

Our thanks to Sam Wakoba who posted this interview with CEO John Wander on Tech Zulu:
Inspired by the vast amounts of data from videos, photos, music, websites and blogs shared by the many friends and people they follow online and seeing how much time it takes to check all the content across many platforms, friends set out to come up with a solution and CHNL was born. Read more

Network and Cable Industry Veteran Rod Perth Joins Board of CHNL

Former CBS, USA Networks, Jim Henson and ReelzChannel executive adds entertainment industry depth to board of fast growing social content company

SANTA MONICA, Calif., March 1, 2012 — CHNL, a leading-edge social content company, announces the appointment of Rod Perth to its board of directors. In addition to corporate governance duties, Perth will work with CHNL’s management team to optimize its social content and direct-to-fan media commerce platform for network and cable television market needs.

Perth, a television and new media executive, has an unusually broad understanding and record of managing both business and creative demands of broadcast and cable television. His television career includes business, creative, and marketing responsibilities for television stations, broadcast and cable networks. He’s managed program development, production, and marketing for CBS Television, the USA and SyFy Channels, and Jim Henson Studios. As an entrepreneur, he was co-founder and president of ReelzChannel, a growing cable network now in more than 60 million homes. He is currently busy running RHP Media Consulting, which specializes in strategic planning for digital media, broadcast, cable, and new media initiatives.

“Rod is an accomplished entertainment executive with very impressive credentials who brings tremendous energy and focus to CHNL. He demonstrates extreme passion for what we do and has great chemistry with the team. Its an honor to have him involved with CHNL,” said John Wander, CEO, CHNL. “Rod is joining CHNL at a pivotal time in our growth, as we look to attract more professional producers and brands to our platform. His experience working with networks, cable channels and producers is an invaluable asset to CHNL.”

CHNL (pronounced “channel’) brings content owners/publishers and consumers together on one social platform, creating a unified experience across web, mobile devices, and Internet-enabled TV for all types of rich content, including video, audio, images, and text/ebooks. CHNL gives users and brands the ability to program channels based on their interests. The channels can be populated by both dynamic feeds (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc.) and static content from any site on the Internet, including premium content from the CHNL media commerce platform.

“Rarely do you have the opportunity to join a company with terrific momentum, the right focus and established leadership in a hot space that is relevant to all forms of media” said Perth. “CHNL is that company, and social content and commerce will drive this new business for both consumers and publishers. I am thrilled to be working with the CHNL team and board to fulfill the company’s vision of enabling users to reinvent their Internet experience.”

Perth will join the existing four board members including: Gary Jacobs, partner at Glaser Weil Fink Jacobs Howard Avchen & Shapiro LLP and former EVP of strategy and general counsel of MGM/Mirage; John Wander, CHNL co-founder and partner of Next-Gen Ventures; Dale Okuno, founder and former CEO of EZ Data (acquired by Ebix); and Sverre Fjeldheim, CHNL co-founder. His appointment to the board is effective immediately.

CHNL Launches with Partner & Global Band Thievery Corporation—Receives Funding From Angel Investors

Los Angeles, California – July 7th, 2011 – CHNL today announced the recent launch of their V1 CHNL with partner Thievery Corporation and their recent $1.2 million funding from angel investors from the Giantstep Angel Network. The official Thievery Corporation CHNL was launched simultaneously with their new album “Culture of Fear” on June 28th. “We are very excited to have them as a partner, ” said Co-founder & CEO John Wander. “They are an incredible band that has transcended barriers to become a global sensation. Thievery Corporation is one of a very few bands that command simultaneous respect from both the independent and the mainstream communities. This is a rare achievement for any band. ” Co-founder of Thievery Corporation Rob Garza comments,”We’re very excited to be working with CHNL. Making it easy for fans to access all types of content is important to us. CHNL enables us to have a much closer and constant relationship with our fans. V1 is only the first step which allows fans to hear the new album, buy the download, join our “Den of Thieves” exclusive content subscription collection, browse the back catalog, watch videos, and view photos. Through the tour and into the fall, we’re going to be revealing exciting new content and our CHNL (thieverycorporation.chnl.pro) will be the place to experience it.”John Wander states, “V1 of the Thievery Corporation CHNL is only a fraction of what is come. CHNL has some very exciting things planned. Stay tuned for what comes next. Beyond V1 we remain in stealth mode so the most I can say about the future is that we are committed to innovation and being at the forefront of content empowerment.”

CHNL recently raised $1.2 million from Angels from the Giantstep Angel Network www.giantstepllc.com . The company is currently in discussions with venture capital firms for additional funding for their Series A Round.

About CHNL: CHNL is a technology innovator committed to being at the forefront of content empowerment. The company remains in stealth mode. The team is comprised of some very seasoned entrepreneurs that have been part of companies such as Ingrooves, FiltrBox (acquired by Jive Software), Topspin, TBWA/Chiat Day, Ariba, and Global IP Sound (acquired by Google).

About Thievery Corporation: With the renowned club and record label, acclaimed compilations, legendary live shows, and sales of over one million albums to date – every one of them self-produced and independently distributed – Thievery Corporation are undisputed standard-bearers of electronic music, and among the most adventurous and compelling artists extant. In the words of Rolling Stone: ‘Together, Hilton and Garza explore foreign cultures with wide-eyed curiosity and a taste for the unexpected. Then they lock themselves in a studio and record songs that tell stories of a better world.’

About Giantstep Angel Network: Founded in San Francisco in early 2000, Giantstep Angel Network, LLC is a Start-Up Accelerator and Angel Network that is focused on seed/early stage companies in the web and mobile space. Angels from this network have invested in several start up companies that include Filtrbox (acquired by Jive Software), Ingooves, and TrueChoice Solutions.