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Zombie HQ Trivia May Not Be Dead Just Yet

Following earlier reports that beleaguered game app HQ Trivia was finally shutting down for good after failing to secure funding, founder Rus Yusupov says the app may have a shot at surviving after all. Maybe.Read more...
Tags: Apps, Games, Science, HQ Trivia, Rus Yusupov


Daily Crunch: HQ Trivia is dead

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. 1. HQ Trivia shuts down after acquisition falls through HQ Trivia is dead. On Valentine’s Day, the company laid off its full team of 25. The company had a deal in the works to be acquired, but the buyer pulled out and the investors aren’t willing to fund it any longer, according to a statement from CEO and c...
Tags: Apple, Google, Startups, Mobile, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Budget, Media, India, Samsung, Tech, Eu, Oyo, Google Station, Ben Tarnoff, HQ Trivia


HQ Trivia's ex-host says the company shut down because of a 'lethal cocktail of incompetence, arrogance, short-sightedness & sociopathic delusion'

The beloved ex-host of HQ Trivia tweeted Saturday that the company was shut down due to "incompetence, arrogance, short-sightedness & sociopathic delusion." He also accused the company of leaving its staff "in the lurch after being gaslit and lied to." HQ did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment. The company's CEO, Rus Yusupov, announced in a company-wide email on Friday that the live gameshow app would shut down, adding that "lead investors are no longer willing to fund th...
Tags: Facebook, US, Trends, Cnn, Don, Colin Kroll, Julie Bort, Scott Rogowsky, Rogowsky, Yusupov, HQ Trivia, Rus Yusupov, Visit Business Insider, DAZN HQ Trivia


HQ Trivia Has One Final, Drunken Hurrah

After hearing yesterday’s news that HQ Trivia was penniless and abruptly shuttering, host Matt Richards paid $5 out of his own pocket so its last show could have some sort of prize for viewers who stuck around until the very end.Read more...
Tags: Apps, Games, Science, App, Mobile Games, Matt Richards, HQ Trivia, Rus Yusupov, Quiz Daddy


Well, Looks Like HQ Trivia's Finally Dead

Let’s be honest, the writing’s been on the wall for a while now.Read more...
Tags: Apps, Games, Science, Trivia, HQ Trivia, Rus Yusupov, Scott Rogowski, Quiz Daddy, Press F In Chat


HQ Trivia, the Once-Popular Mobile Game, Is Shutting Down

CNN Business has learned that the once-popular live mobile trivia game "HQ Trivia" is shutting down. From the report: When HQ launched in 2017, its first game HQ Trivia quickly attracted millions of people across the world who stopped whatever they were doing twice a day to play the game on their smartphones. The company was profiled by The New York Times and its original host Scott Rogowsky became a household name, appearing on programs like NBC's "Today" show. But over the next year, the game'...
Tags: Nbc, Tech, Cnn, New York Times, Colin Kroll, Scott Rogowsky, Yusupov, Rus Yusupov


HQ Trivia, the live game show app that became a worldwide sensation a few years ago, is shutting down

Embattled live-gameshow app HQ Trivia is reportedly shutting down its operations after a deal to acquire the company fell through.  "Effective today, HQ will cease operations and move to dissolution. All employees and contractors will be terminated as of today," HQ Trivia's CEO and co-founder Rus Yusupov announced in a company-wide email obtained by Kerry Flynn of CNN Business.  The app's extreme popularity in 2017 attracted over 15 million user installs, and highlighted its potential to re-im...
Tags: Elon Musk, Trends, Cnn, Peter Thiel, Vine, Kerry Flynn, Colin Kroll, Kroll, Yusupov, HQ Trivia, Rus Yusupov, Intermedia Labs, CNN Business, Colin Kroll HQ Trivia, Yusupov Scott Rogowsky


HQ Trivia shuts down after acquisition falls through

HQ Trivia is dead. Today the company laid off its full staff of 25 and will cease operation of its trivia, sports, and word guessing games, a source close to the company confirmed. HQ Trivia had a deal in the works to be acquired, but they buyer pulled out yesterday and investors aren’t willing to fund it any longer, CEO and co-founder Rus Yusupov said in a statement attained by CNN Business’ Kerry Flynn. “We received an offer from an established business to acquire HQ and continue building ...
Tags: Social, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Mobile, Gaming, Apps, Entertainment, Tech, Cnn, Deadpool, Shut Down, Exit, Co, Trivia, HQ


So Long Tik-Tok? Vine 2 Finally Goes Live as Byte App

Meet the new Vine 2 app. Though in fact its developers call this new video-looping service Byte. Even so a lot of people still use the name Vine 2. It became known as Vine 2 because it’s the product of original Vine co-creator Dom Hofmann. (And because of the video-looping, of course.) You can download the new app for free on iOS and Android. Vine 2 App Finally Released Just like its predecessor, Byte (aka Vine 2) allows users to get creative making looping videos. Instead of 7-second videos ...
Tags: Twitter, Sales, Vine, Dom Hofmann, Hoffman, Hofmann, Colin Kroll, Popular Articles, Small Business News, Vine Camera, Rus Yusupov, Vine Co, Tiktok


Vine reboot Byte officially launches

Two years after Vine’s co-founder Dom Hofmann announced he was building a successor to the short-form video app, today Byte makes its debut on iOS and Android. Byte lets you shoot or upload and then share six-second videos. It comes equipped with standard social features like a feed, Explore page, notifications, and profiles. For now, though Byte lacks the remixability, augmented reality filters, transition effects, and other bonus features you’ll find in apps like TikTok. What Hofmann hopes wi...
Tags: TC, Twitter, Tech, Vine, Dom Hofmann, Byte, Hofmann, Colin Kroll, Rus Yusupov


How HQ Trivia Got a Free Super Bowl Commercial (and Other Trivia About the Mobile Game Show)

While it has cooled off from its super hot early days, HQ Trivia still draws hundreds of thousands of players each day for its live games. What makes the mobile video experience so hot? And what keeps bringing people back? Co-founder Rus Yusupov says it's what you hear that he's most proud of. "We spend...
Tags: Advertising, Rus Yusupov, I'm With the Brand


Wardrobe picks up $1.5 million for a new fashion rental marketplace

Wardrobe, a new peer-to-peer fashion rental marketplace, has today announced the close of a $1.5 million seed round and its public launch out of beta. The funding was led by angel investor Cyan Banister and Ludlow Ventures, with participation from GroundUp Ventures, Airbnb cofounder Nate Blecharczyk and HQ Trivia founder Rus Yusupov, among others. Wardrobe was founded by Adarsh Alphons after he had an epiphany about just how many items of clothes in his own house went mostly unused. In fact, ...
Tags: Startups, TC, Ecommerce, Apps, Collaborative Consumption, Tech, Manhattan, WSJ, Ludlow Ventures, Cyan Banister, Adarsh Alphons, Alphons, Rus Yusupov, Nate Blecharczyk, GroundUp Ventures Airbnb, Wardrobe HQ


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Thursday. Facebook said that it has "unintentionally uploaded" the email contacts of 1.5 million new Facebook users since May 2016. The Silicon Valley company said the contact data was "unintentionally uploaded to Facebook," and it is now deleting them. Four reviewers of Samsung's Galaxy Fold foldable smartphone have said that the phone's display broke after just two days of use. The company said the Galaxy Fold's display is durable eno...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, UK, India, Samsung, Trends, Siri, Silicon Valley, Alexa, Madras, Facebook Inc, Alphabet Inc, Amazon com Inc, Mountain View California, Amazon Alexa


Mistrust, secret memos, and boardroom drama — inside the chaos at HQ Trivia after its young cofounder’s sudden death

After the tragic death of HQ Trivia's founder CEO Colin Kroll in December, the company was put back into the hands of cofounder Rus Yusupov. Yusupov had been benched as CEO only a few months before Kroll died. Employees were not happy, with half the company involved in a near mutiny thwarted only when Yusupov was convinced to resign from the role, again. This is the inside story of the meltdown at HQ Trivia, including how one woman's HR complaint became a tug of war for control. Visit Business...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, New York, Hollywood, Trends, Vine, Silicon Valley, Lightspeed, Jeremy Liew, Business Insider, Founders Fund, Zuckerberg, Colin, Digiday, HQ


Here are the latest executive power moves — and why you should be tracking them to understand tech

Keeping an eye on major hires and promotions is one of the best ways to understand a company's strategy.  The Org tracks executive changes at companies big and small.  Here's a snapshot of the most important executive moves of the week across tech and transportation. Every week we bring you an overview of the most important executive changes from the past week . This past week, Facebook announced that Peggy Alford from PayPal would be joining the company’s board as the first African-America...
Tags: Google, Facebook, White House, Trends, Tesla, Paypal, Netflix, Venture Capital, Reed Hastings, Erskine Bowles, Kurt Wagner, Alford, Jeff Jones, Scott Rogowsky, Rogowsky, Danielle Brown


Here are the executive power moves that help explain everything that's going on in tech

Keeping an eye on major hires and promotions is one of the best ways to understand a company's strategy.  The Org tracks executive changes at companies big and small.  Here's a snapshot of the most important executive moves of the week across tech and transportation. Every week we bring you an overview of the most important executive changes from the past week . This past week, Facebook announced that Peggy Alford from PayPal would be joining the company’s board as the first African-America...
Tags: Google, Facebook, White House, Trends, Tesla, Paypal, Netflix, Venture Capital, Reed Hastings, Erskine Bowles, Kurt Wagner, Alford, Jeff Jones, Scott Rogowsky, Rogowsky, Danielle Brown


Daily Crunch: Turmoil at HQ Trivia

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. 1. Mutiny at HQ Trivia fails to oust CEO This week’s banishment of host Scott Rogowsky was merely a symptom of the ongoing struggle to decide who will lead HQ Trivia. According to multiple sources, more than half of the startup’s staff signed an internal petition to depose CEO Rus Yusupov, whom they saw as m...
Tags: TC, Asia, Spacex, Elon Musk, Evernote, Israel, Tech, Tesla, Netflix, EC, Phil Libin, Match Group, Musk, Niantic, Scott Rogowsky, Yusupov


Here are the latest executive power moves — and why you should be tracking them to understand tech and transportation

Keeping an eye on major hires and promotions is one of the best ways to understand a company's strategy.  The Org tracks executive changes at companies big and small.  Here's a snapshot of the most important executive moves of the week across tech and transportation. Every week we bring you an overview of the most important executive changes from the past week . This past week, Facebook announced that Peggy Alford from PayPal would be joining the company’s board as the first African-America...
Tags: Google, Facebook, White House, Trends, Tesla, Paypal, Netflix, Venture Capital, Reed Hastings, Erskine Bowles, Kurt Wagner, Alford, Jeff Jones, Scott Rogowsky, Rogowsky, Danielle Brown


Mutiny at HQ Trivia fails to oust CEO

This week’s banishment of host Scott Rogowsky was merely a symptom of the ongoing struggle to decide who will lead HQ Trivia. According to multiple sources, over half of the startup’s staff signed an internal petition to depose CEO Rus Yusupov who they saw as mismanaging the company. But Yusupov then fired three core supporters of the mutiny, leading to a downward spiral of morale that mirrors HQ’s plummeting App Store rank. TechCrunch spoke to multiple sources familiar with HQ Trivia’s inter...
Tags: Social, Startups, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Twitter, Video, China, Funding, Tech, Vine, Jeremy, Lightspeed Venture Partners, TechCrunch, Lightspeed


HQ Trivia replaces Quiz Daddy Scott Rogowsky

Quiz Khalifa aka Host Malone aka Trap Trebek aka HQ Trivia’s Scott Rogowsky has been pushed out of the live mobile gaming startup. The two split due to disagreements about Rogowsky attempting to take a second full-time job hosting sports streaming service DAZN’s baseball show ChangeUp while moving to only hosting HQ on weekends, TMZ first reported. HQ wanted someone committed to their show. Now HQ co-founder and CEO Rus Yusupov confirms to TechCrunch that Rogowsky will no longer host HQ Trivia. ...
Tags: Startups, TC, Mobile, Gaming, Apps, Cbs, Talent, Trivia, Richards, Facebook Snapchat, Colin Kroll, Matt Richards, Scott Rogowsky, Rogowsky, DAZN, Yusupov


HQ Trivia host and 'Quiz Daddy' Scott Rogowsky is officially leaving the game show

HQ Trivia poster boy and host Scott Rogowsky is out. "Nothing in my decade-plus entertainment career has meant more to me personally and professionally than my involvement with HQ," Rogowsky said in a statement to TMZ. Rogowsky can now be found on sports streaming service DAZN as one of the hosts of a show named "ChangeUp." Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The face of HQ Trivia, Scott Rogowsky, is out as host. Rogowsky is moving full-time to DAZN, a sports streaming service...
Tags: Trends, Mlb, Louis Vuitton, Scott Rogowsky, Rogowsky, Rus Yusupov, HQ Rogowsky


HQ Trivia launches HQ Words tonight under reinstalled CEO

HQ’s expansion beyond trivia emerges from beta tonight, but the question is whether it’s different and accessible enough to revive the startup’s growth. HQ Words opens to everyone with today’s 6:30pm pacific broadcast within the HQ Trivia app after several weeks of closed beta testing of the Wheel Of Fortune-style game. The launch will be the first big move of Rus Yusupov now that’s been officially renamed CEO a week after the tragic death of fellow co-founder and former CEO Colin Kroll, HQ conf...
Tags: Social, Startups, TC, Mobile, Gaming, Facebook, Apps, US, Tech, Zynga, Vine, Talent, TechCrunch, Colin, Trivia, Colin Kroll


HQ Trivia launches HQ Words as reinstalled CEO seeks a game-changer

HQ’s expansion beyond trivia is emerging from beta, but the question is whether it’s different and accessible enough to revive the startup’s growth. HQ Words opens to everyone today with games at 6:30pm PT within the HQ Trivia app after several weeks of closed beta testing of the Wheel Of Fortune-style game. The launch will be the first big move of Rus Yusupov now that he’s been officially renamed CEO a week after the tragic death of fellow co-founder and former CEO Colin Kroll, HQ confirms to T...
Tags: Social, Startups, TC, Mobile, Gaming, Facebook, Apps, US, Tech, Zynga, Vine, Talent, TechCrunch, Colin, Trivia, Colin Kroll


HQ Trivia and Vine cofounder Colin Kroll was a talented but tough boss who had a history of clashes with staff

HQ Trivia and Vine cofounder Colin Kroll was found dead on Sunday. He was aged just 34. He had a reputation as a talented but uncompromising boss, who had a history of clashes with staff. Complaints were reportedly made about his behavior at HQ and Vine, and he also apologized this year for "poor management." His own father, Alan Kroll, said he was a "tough boss" with a strong work ethic. Kroll achieved a rare thing though: He created a breakout hit — twice. Colin Kroll's death at the age of ...
Tags: Amazon, Trends, Vine, The New York Times, Alan, Detroit, Jeremy Liew, Midwest, Colin, Sharon Carpenter, Kurt Wagner, Recode, Colin Kroll, Kroll, Scott Rogowsky, HQ Trivia


HQ Trivia replaced its regular show with a tribute to cofounder Colin Kroll, who died aged 34

HQ Trivia cofounder Colin Kroll died at the age of 34 on Saturday night. Instead of its usual 9 p.m. Sunday game, HQ aired a tribute to Kroll. HQ host Scott Rogowsky announced that the $25,000 prize for that night had instead been donated to an animal charity in Kroll's memory. Gameshow app HQ Trivia ditched its usual game on Sunday night and paid tribute to its cofounder Colin Kroll, who died at age 34 over the weekend. The app did not air its regular show out of respect, and instead host Sc...
Tags: Amazon, Trends, Vine, Sharon Carpenter, Colin Kroll, Lauren Gambino, Kroll, Scott Rogowsky, Rogowsky, HQ Trivia, Rus Yusupov, Kroll HQ, Colin Kroll Other HQ


Tech community reacts to death of HQ trivia and Vine founder Colin Kroll

HQ trivia and Vine founder Colin Kroll was found dead in his Manhattan apartment early Sunday. The tech community is paying its respects online and saying goodbye. "I will forever remember him for his kind soul and big heart," Rus Yusupov, who co-founded both HQ and Vine with Kroll, tweeted. "He made the world and internet a better place. Rest in peace, brother." Colin Kroll was found dead this weekend. He was known principally for cofounding both HQ Trivia and Vine. Kroll worked across the t...
Tags: Twitter, Yahoo, Trends, Manhattan, Vine, Colin, Colin Kroll, Kroll, HQ Trivia, Rus Yusupov, Florian Seroussi, Vine Kroll, Colin Kroll Yusupov, Vinelike Nicholas Megalis


Vine, HQ Trivia Co-Founder Colin Kroll Found Dead of Suspected Overdose

TechCrunch has confirmed with TMZ that Colin Kroll, the 35-year-old co-founder and CEO of the HQ Trivia app and co-founder of Vine, has been found dead of an apparent drug overdose in his apartment. TMZ cites a police source saying cocaine and heroin were believed to be involved. From the report: Kroll was only named CEO of the HQ Trivia mobile game show app three months ago, replacing fellow co-founder Rus Yusupov who moved over to serve as chief creative officer. Prior to taking the CEO role K...
Tags: Yahoo, Tech, Cto, Colin Kroll, Kroll, Yusupov, HQ Trivia, Rus Yusupov, Vine the Twitter, Dominik Hofmann


Colin Kroll, HQ Trivia creator, found dead at his New York apartment

The man who co-founded the quiz app HQ Trivia has died aged 34 from a suspected drug overdose. Colin Kroll's girlfriend is reported to have raised the alarm when she was unable to reach him early on Sunday. After receiving a request for a wellness check, police found Kroll unconscious and unresponsive at his apartment in Soho, Manhattan at 8am local time. He was pronounced dead on the scene, said a spokesperson for the New York Police Department.  The medical examiner's office will det...
Tags: New York, News, US, Vine, New York Police Department, Colin Kroll, Kroll, HQ Trivia, Rus Yusupov, Colin Kroll HQ Trivia, Soho Manhattan


Colin Kroll dead: Vine and HQ Trivia founder dies aged 35

Colin Kroll, the founder of Vine and HQ Trivia, has died aged 35. The New York Police Department said officers went to Kroll's apartment in Manhattan early on Sunday after getting a call asking for a wellness check on him. Kroll founded the video hosting service with Dom Hofmann and Rus Yusupov in 2012 and it was acquired by Twitter later that year.
Tags: News, Manhattan, New York Police Department, Dom Hofmann, Colin Kroll, Kroll, Rus Yusupov


HQ Trivia and Vine co-founder Colin Kroll found dead of suspected overdose

Colin Kroll, the 35-year-old co-founder and CEO of the HQ Trivia app, has been found dead of an apparent drug overdose in his apartment, TechCrunch has confirmed. A spokesman for the NYPD told us that a female called 911 for a wellness check on Kroll’s apartment and he was found dead inside at 08:00 hours today. The police department said the investigation is ongoing but added that the cause of death is “allegedly a drug overdose”. “We’re still waiting on the ME’s report to confirm that,” he add...
Tags: Social, Yahoo, Tech, Vine, Cto, HQ, Colin Kroll, Kroll, Personnel, Yusupov, HQ Trivia, Rus Yusupov, Vine Co, Right Media, Vine the Twitter, Dominik Hofmann