|Founded||Palo Alto, California|
|Key people||Roman Scharf, CEO
Amos Pizzey, Founder
|Alexa rank||31,162 (April 2014[update])|
|Type of site||Social network service|
|Registration||Required (to post/participate)|
|Users||1.9 million users|
|Available in||English, Spanish, French, German, Turkish, Russian, Portuguese|
Talenthouse is a global social networking website and marketing platform that is operated and privately owned by Talenthouse Inc. Talenthouse addresses artists working in design, music, film, fashion, art, dance and photography as well as their supporters. Through Talenthouse artists can connect to each other and launch their own projects. Talenthouse currently has 1.9 million members. Talenthouse also hosts opportunities to work with established artists and brands called Creative Invites.
Talenthouse was founded by Amos Pizzey and Roman Scharf, co-founder of the internet phone service Jajah in 2009. The Talenthouse headquarters are located in Los Angeles, California, USA with offices in New York and London.
The Talenthouse logo is taken from the West African Adinkra series of symbols, which depicts a snake climbing a raffia palm. The raffia palm has many thorns and is very challenging to climb. Simply translated, this symbol means, "to achieve the impossible."
Established artists and brands partner with Talenthouse to host global online campaigns called Creative Invites. Creative Invites encourage emerging talent to contribute their creative work and spread the word among their fans and followers through a viral contest platform. Winners of the Creative Invites are chosen and receive a collaboration opportunity or prize.
List of hosted competitions
Artists Talenthouse has worked with include Rihanna, The Who, Green Day Kylie Minogue, Leona Lewis, deadmau5, Paul McCartney, Justin Timberlake, Rod Stewart, Queen, Stan Lee, Lady Gaga, U2, Common, Steve Aoki, Thievery Corporation, Florence and the Machine, Stephen Jones, Brett Ratner, Chromeo, James Morrison Rusko, The Cure, Wale, Theophilus London, Maroon 5, Soundgarden, Paul Oakenfold. Brands Talenthouse has worked with include Virgin Mobile, Bombay Sapphire, Playboy, 20th Century Fox, Bing, Adidas, Dolce & Gabbana, BCBGMAXAZRIA, Red Bull, Nikon, Dell, Ugg Australia, Amazon.com, Stan Lee Foundation, Anne Klein. Talenthouse has partnered with Universal Music Group, SoundCloud, Live Nation Entertainment, Warner Music Group.
Sponsored Engagement Engine
In April 2012, Talenthouse announced the global launch of its Social Engagement Engine (SEE), a social media marketing tool, which gives advertisers the ability to launch customized campaigns and attach their brands to content that is being shared on social networking sites.
As of May 2012, Talenthouse had received $15.1 million of funding to date with a recently closed $4.2 million Series B round. Investors include Eric Schmidt's Innovation Endeavors, Reliance Entertainment, 3TS Cisco Growth Fund, Brett Ratner, Jean Pigozzi and Estée Lauder chairman William P. Lauder.
In May 2012 Talenthouse has been named a Winner of the Red Herring Top 100 Award and recognized as one of the leading private companies from the Americas. Red Herring's Americas Top 100 list has become a mark of distinction for identifying the most promising new companies and entrepreneurs.
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- Official website
- Twitter profile
- Facebook page
- YouTube channel
- Wired: Talenthouse’s ‘Creative Community’ Connects All Kinds of Artists
- Nylon: A new website could give you four and a half stars... and Naomi Campbell
- ReadWriteWeb: Jajah Co-founder Launches Talenthouse Artist Site
- TechCrunch: Talent Crowdsourcing Startup Talenthouse Raises $4.2M From Director Brett Ratner, Eric Schmidt’s Innovation Endeavors and Others
- New York Times: Your Photo, Justified
- AllThingsD: Universal Music Taps Talenthouse to Help Music Acts Find Free Help (and Publicity) on Facebook
- The Wall Street Journal: Beatles Great Paul McCartney Plunges Into Crowd Sourcing