'Blogs will become social and evolve from a personal newspaper of sorts to a new thing all together. It’s a new category and that’s why we invested in Tumblr last year."
Why Blogs Need To Be Social
"Many of us have forgotten that blogging is not just an act of publishing but also a communal activity. It is more than leaving comments; it is about creating connections."
Note: Spark Capital is a major investor in EQAL
From the Spark Captial web site:
'Bijan Sabet has been a General Partner at Spark Capital since the firm’s inception in 2005. Bijan led Spark's investments in Bug Labs, Buzzwire, iminlikewithyou, SendMe, thePlatform (acquired by Comcast), Tumblr, and Twitter.
Prior to joining Spark, Bijan was Senior Vice President, Corporate Development of GameLogic after serving as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Charles River Ventures (CRV). Before his work at CRV, Bijan was Vice President, Business Development and Product Management at Moxi Digital where he was responsible for establishing and managing strategic relationships with cable and satellite operators as well as driving product strategy.
In this role, Bijan was part of the early team that introduced the MoxiMedia Center, a low-cost replacement for a digital cable or satellite set-top box that integrates Digital Video Recording, Music Jukebox, DVD player, and Internet Gateway into one device that wirelessly networks video, audio, and broadband connectivity throughout the home. Moxi later merged with Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen's Digeo and is currently deployed by Charter, Comcast and Adelphia Cable.
Previously, Bijan was an early member at WebTV Networks, which introduced the first true convergence digital consumer product, combining Internet TV, interactive TV, digital TV, Digital Video Recording, and games into an integrated consumer electronics device. At WebTV, Bijan held responsibility for business development in North America. In this capacity, he established key alliances, commercial relationships and joint ventures with leading network operators and consumer electronics companies. Twenty months after it was founded, WebTV Networks was acquired by Microsoft Corporation for over $425 million.
WebTV is now MSNTV as well as the platform for both of Microsoft's TV distribution platforms, Cable TV Foundation and IPTV. WebTV products have been sold throughout the world, and have been deployed to both DirecTV and Dish Network satellite customers. Before WebTV, Bijan held various sales and management positions at Apple Computer and Integrated Systems (acquired by Wind River Systems).
Bijan holds a BS degree from Boston College.'