Bix (website)

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Bix, Inc.
Industry Internet, Software, & Music
Fate Discontinued
Founded February 2006; 11 years ago (2006-02)
Headquarters Sunnyvale, California, U.S.
Key people
Stewart Bonn
Echeyde Cubillo
Jeff Cordova
Leonard Speiser
Mike Speiser (co-founders)
Products Online video karaoke recorder and contest website
Number of employees
Parent Yahoo
Website [1]

Bix was a web service that was best known for its online competitions.[1] The site provided self-service tools for the creation of contests. After a user created the contest, other members could enter and vote on the outcome of those contests. The company was founded in February 2006 and received venture funding from Trinity Ventures and Sutter Hill Ventures.

The website officially launched in July 2006[2] with a web-based video recorder that merged a user's karaoke performance to create a contest entry. The site received strong praise from industry experts including Walt Mossberg of the WSJ.[3] Within a few months the site opened up contests for audio karaoke, videos, photos and text. In November 2006 the site switched to a faceoff style voting system, increasing votes from 5000 a day to 150,000 a day. Site votes reached as much as 1,000,000 in a day in 2007. Users voted 25 times per visit on average.

Bix's competitors included Singshot (discontinued) and Worth1000.


Bix was also a BBS and website sponsored by Byte Magazine (BIX = "Byte Information Exchange"), rather like a social media site before such became popular. The website survived for a short time after the magazine ceased publication in 2001 (there was a July issue, but no August issue that year). The site had forums for virtually every known computer language, most major computing topics of interest, and each forum was run by relatively well-known people in the industry. The site was rather like a bulletin board system, and by current standards was rather crude, but it was very popular at the time.

Yahoo! acquisition[edit]

Yahoo! acquired Bix on November 16, 2006.[4][5] The company moved from downtown Palo Alto to Yahoo's main campus in March 2007. Bix generated revenue by running contests for corporate clients. Customers included Extra (TV series), Black Entertainment Television, The Game,[6] Capitol Records and Electronic Arts.

Bix was shut down by Yahoo June 30, 2009.[7]

Patents for Bix[edit]

  • Automated Reward Management for Network-Based Contests[8]
  • Network Based Content Creation[9]
  • Automated Administration of Networked-Based Contests[10]


  1. ^ Buechner, Maryanne Murray (July 8, 2007). "50 Best Websites 2007: Bix". Time. Retrieved November 7, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Techcrunch covers Bix launch". Techcrunch. Retrieved 2006-07-17. 
  3. ^ "WSJ Walt Mossberg reviews product". WSJ. Retrieved 2006-11-16. 
  4. ^ "Yahoo! Inc. - Company Timeline". Wayback Machine. 2008-07-13. Archived from the original on 2008-07-13. Retrieved 2016-07-19. 
  5. ^ "Techcrunch covers Yahoo acquisition of Bix". Techcrunch. Retrieved 2006-07-17. 
  6. ^ "Rapper The Game partners with Bix". HipHopPress. Retrieved 2006-10-17. 
  7. ^ "Yahoo Shuts Bix Down. Did Anyone Notice?". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2010-01-29. 
  8. ^ "Automated Reward Management for Network-Based Contests". Google. Retrieved 2006-04-17. 
  9. ^ "Network Based Content Creation". Google. Retrieved 2006-04-17. 
  10. ^ "Automated Administration of Networked-Based Contests". Google. Retrieved 2006-04-17. 

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