Peter Kafka

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Like Movies, Only Shorter: Movieclips Rounds Up More Cash

Here’s an interesting niche video play: Movieclips, a site that does exactly what it sounds like.

The company launched in beta a year ago, and it was fairly rough at the time–its catalog of clips was limited, and navigation was much tougher than it should have been.

But now Movieclips is much easier to get around, and the catalog seems much more substantial, at least from the outside. In any case it’s enough to convince investors, led by Shasta Ventures and First Round Capital, to put in $3 million in a Series A round.

The big question is whether Movieclips can train users to visit when they want to find a movie clip, instead of looking on Hulu or Google’s YouTube.

Because at Hulu, for instance, you can watch not only this scene from “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” but you can see the entire film–which is still great nearly 30 (!) years later.

Still, worth playing around with. It’s our time, as Spicoli would say.

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik