The mystery around Zeen, the new site from the founders of YouTube will be lifted next week. That’s the lowdown from co-founder Chad Hurley, who was speaking at LeWeb London.
At the moment, there’s precious little information about the site, aside from the promise that it will allow people to “discover and create beautiful magazines”.
Zeen is the latest project from Avos, the company that Hurley and fellow YouTube founder Steve Chen started last year.
In April 2011, it was announced that AVOS had purchased Delicious, before acquiring social analytics company Tap 11 a month later. The company also bought out Trunk.ly in November 2011, in an apparent bid to boost the Delicious offering.
The Delicious deal was widely thought to be a relief to Yahoo!, which had been trying to unload it for some time. After having acquired Delicious in 2005 for an estimated (though never confirmed) figure of between US$15million – US$30 million, Yahoo presided over a period of disappointing growth for the company.
Bearing in mind what Chen and Hurley did to online video with YouTube, it’ll be interesting to see whether they can further disrupt publishing.
Hurley also said the company had plans to expand into China.