Turntable.fm

Online interactive platform for DJs and listeners
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GENERAL INFORMATION
Category:
Music
Country:
United States
Started:
2011
BUSINESS FAILURE
Outcome:
Shut Down
Cause:
Bad Business Model
Closed:
2013
FOUNDERS & EMPLOYEES
Number of Founders:
1
Name of Founders:
Billy Chasen
Number of Employees:
1-10
FUNDING
Number of Funding Rounds:
1
Total Funding Amount:
$7M
Number of Investors:
10

What was Turntable?

Turntable.fm was an online interactive platform on which DJ, fans and casual listeners were brought together. People could choose avatars for themselves, browse different music rooms and create a playlist.

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Why did Turntable fail and shut down?

The company shut down its services two and half years after its promising launch in order to conserve its remaining venture capital to focus on the live version of their startup. The cost of running this music service proved to be too expensive and was not financially viable for them. Turntable.fm decided to play licensed music which proved to have drained their time and capital. Although the platform originally raised $7.5 million, as soon as they started to expand internationally things got out of hand. They also weren't fast enough to adapt to the new mobile era.

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