Napster co-founders Sean Parker and Shawn Fanning launched their new video networking service Airtime at a big press event in NY yesterday to mixed reviews. Though the event was filled with celebs, the actual launch demo suffered a number of glitches. It began with mic problems for Parker, continued with accidental racial slurs by Olivia Munn, moved on to Jim Carry poking fun at a non-existent “music stealing button,” and ended with Parker revealing to CNN Money that, “We haven’t yet talked about our business model.”
However, amidst the chaotic release, Airtime did get some face time which confirmed the company’s aim to offer frictionless video networking that allows users to chat with both existing friends or strangers (based on their interests as shared on Facebook). Their goal is a seemless way to both chat and share in a manner safer than predecessor Chatroulette.com.