Last week, former Huffington Post CTO Paul Berry launched RebelMouse.com, his new NY-based project that lets individuals and businesses use their social media postings to create websites. According to Crain’s New York Business, Berry calls this “the front page to the social web.”
Members can choose to let some or all of their Twitter and Facebook postings to publish to their RebelMouse accounts. On the page itself, individuals can freeze content at the top of the page, create original content, and view analytics that track clicks on their posts. Currently, members who join RebelMouse do not have to pay anything unless they want a custom domain, available for $3 a month. Businesses must also pay $3 a week for an account, but right now getting a page is invite only and interested users names are put onto a waitlist.
RebelMouse was built with Berry and a team of 12 developers from around the world and one designer. Berry expects to hire six more employees, mostly developers, in the next month and eventually wants to expand to 50 people.RebelMouse is currently located at SoHo TechLabs, start up incubator located on Broadway, which was funded by Lerer Ventures. Chairman and co-founder of the Huffington Post, Kenneth Lerer, is a managing partner at the venture capital firm.
At this point, RebelMouse has been given a small amount of funding from Lerer ventures and from Jonah Peretti, co-founder of BuzzFeed and a co-founder of the Huffington Post. The business plan also encompasses “brand-sponsored posts for high-profile users” of which RebelMouse will take a small cut. E-commerce will also eventually be added to the site, and anyone will be allowed to sell items through a RebelMouse page.