San Francisco – RealNetworks founding CEO Rob Glaser on
Monday debuted SocialEyes, his new venture that aims to marry video chat with
the social networking capabilities of Facebook. Introduced at the DEMO Spring
conference for emerging technology, SocialEyes lets people engage in live video
chats with up to six friends simultaneously, as well as send pre-recorded video
The company has raised $5.1 million in venture capital, including a
$600,000 angel round, and a $4.5 million first round of funding led by Ignition
Partners with participation from Maynard Webb.
"SocialEyes is a
category-defining product," said Rob Glaser, co-founder and chairman of
"It brings together four powerful elements for the first time —
the Facebook Social Graph, no-download Flash Video, a group system that lets
people easily connect with other people in meaningful ways, and a twitter-like
feed — to create a brand new kind of social video experience."
A beta version of the free service is available from today at the company’s website.