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This article was published on April 7, 2012


YouTube founders working on a service called Zeen, to let you ‘discover & create beautiful magazines’

YouTube founders working on a service called Zeen, to let you ‘discover & create beautiful magazines’
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Martin Bryant is founder of Big Revolution, where he helps tech companies refine their proposition and positioning, and develops high-qualit Martin Bryant is founder of Big Revolution, where he helps tech companies refine their proposition and positioning, and develops high-quality, compelling content for them. He previously served in several roles at TNW, including Editor-in-Chief. He left the company in April 2016 for pastures new.

Since YouTube co-founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen’s AVOS company first emerged a year ago when it acquired Delicious from Yahoo, we’ve heard nothing about anything else it may be working on – until now. A splash page for a new service called Zeen has emerged, promising to allow you to “Discover and create beautiful magazines.”

Domain-name-sleuthing blog Fusible discovered the page after noticing that Zeen.com had been privately acquired through brand protection agency MarkMonitor earlier this week.

At present, there’s not much information available about how the service will work, although it does give you the opportunity to secure a username. The Privacy Policy page indicates that multimedia sharing will be a core part of the service, and suggests that there will be a browser bookmarklet available.

A ‘Jobs’ link takes you through to the AVOS jobs page, where the company currently has seven development and design-based vacancies. Meanwhile, Fusible also spotted Twitter and Facebook presences for the new service.

When we interviewed Chad Hurley recently, he declined to detail any future projects, although he did describe AVOS as a “sandbox” that allowed the team to build ideas into products quickly using “common building blocks.” “That’s going to give us the ability to not only innovate and work on Delicious but to continue to use the same learnings and technology to build more services,” he noted.

We’ve contacted AVOS for comment on the new service. Chad Hurley will be speaking at The Next Web Conference 2012 in late April, and we’ll be sure to ask him more about Zeen then.

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