Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg put his money where his mouth has been in terms of support for education, as Panorama Education announced Monday that it raised $4 million in seed funding, co-led by Zuckerberg’s Startup: Education.
Facebook is among the major Internet companies involved in talks with Thorn: Digital Defenders of Children, a Los Angeles-based organization started by Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore to combat child sex trafficking, child pornography, and sexual exploitation of children.
First, there was the ongoing unhappiness from shareholders over Facebook’s stock price. Now, two comics have parodied Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg‘s Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead with their own take, Lean Over: Women, Work, and Women’s Work. What’s a COO to do?
On the Internet, funny and interesting videos reign supreme as the leading form of entertainment. You’ve most likely been exposed to them at some point: There are videos of pranks being played, and people and animals doing crazy stuff. There are countless videos of parodies, events, and the sometimes-confusing memes. While YouTube holds the title as the most popular video-sharing site, Break.com is one of the forerunning portals for entertaining media, with an audience of 455,000 people on Facebook, and nearly 45,000 people talking about it.
While teenagers may not be enthusiastic about Facebook, the company has a fan in Ashton Kutcher. The actor and angel investor, who is set to play Apple Co-Founder Steve Jobs, recently spoke at the CTIA Conference in Las Vegas, saying that Twitter is too crowded and that Facebook has actually effectively placed its advertisements.
While the blogosphere buzzes about Ashton Kutcher’s race against the CNN Twitter account, Ashton has quietly surpassed one million fans on Facebook, surging up the leader board in a matter of days. The most impressive aspect of this milestone is that Ashton has grown from around 400,000 fans to over 1 million fans in under 3 days! It’s an impressive feat and it shows the viral nature of Facebook public profiles.
Application publisher Slide is teaming up with Katalyst Media, the original content production company co-founded by Ashton Kutcher and Jason Goldberg. The partnership will involve exclusive distribution of the production company’s new series through Slide FunSpace, called KatalystHQ. This show offers a behind the scenes look at the inner workings of Kutcher’s production company. What’s most notable about this new deal is its exclusive partnership between Katalyst Media and Slide FunSpace, which is among the top five Facebook applications (see stats here).
That also makes KatalystHQ the firs sponsored web series to premier on Facebook (watch it here). While there doesn’t appear to be any direct partnerships with Facebook for this deal, it is interesting to see how third party applications within asocial network can build a brand and a business around their products.