Sphere Blog


Website: http://www.sphere.com
email us @ conrad@sphere.com; martin@sphere.com; steve@sphere.com; info@sphere.com
or call us by land @ 650-319-2151

Sphere is a startup from a handful of people passionate about connecting mainstream and conversational media content. So far we’re best known for our Sphere Related Content Widget but we have a lot of other interesting things in the pipeline as well.

The four of us (Tony Conrad/ CEO; Martin Remy/ CTO; Steve Nieker/ CIO; and Toni Schneider/ Advisor) are strong believers in conversational media. We believe everyone has a voice, and our mission is to create exposure for each of them. By creating connections between contextually relevant mainstream media and blog content, we’re exposing a broader set of Internet readers to blog content, fundamentally giving more power to the people.

We’re based in a Pier building on the Bay in beautiful San Francisco but most of us work virtually (in Seattle; Boston, Denver; Vancouver; New York; Phoenix, Munich and the Bay Area).

We also have some incredibly talented Advisers around the table to provide mainstream and conversational media expertise: Matt Mullenweg (Founder of Automattic/ WordPress); Josh Macht (Managing Director Harvard Business School Publishing and former Editor of Time.com); Ron McCoy (former Chief Technology Officer of New York Times Digital and About.com); Mary Hodder (Founder/CEO of Dabble); and Scott Kurnit (Founder and former CEO of About.com).

Our team is supported by accomplished investors who share our vision: Doug Mackenzie, David Mahoney, Kevin Compton, Mike Winton, Phil Black, Vince Vannelli, and Will Hearst helped us get started with seed capital; Hearst Publishing, Trident Capital, and True Ventures fueled us with expansion capital after a successful beta.


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  2. […] For those of my readers i.e. my family mostly, you may or may not have taken note of the writer of the last comment on my post/rant about the latest version of the Share This plugin. Tony Conrad is the CEO of Sphere, a company that was written about on Techcrunch and a bunch of other press outlets. I’m definitely giving a second look Sphere because this looks like a company that is keeping its ears on the ground. In other news, I got M to do something he vowed never to do: watch a  contemporary movie. Lol. Not really, but he’s not into movies with magic e.g. Harry Potter, et al, but after getting a coupon from Blockbuster to rent a movie for $1.99, I decided to go with The Brothers Grimm. It was a good choice because it reminded me so much of the storybook, Grimm’s Fairy Tales. When I was younger, I absolutely craved reading story books especially those that took me on magical rides and fantastical creature e.g. The Adventures of the Wishing Chair by Enid Blyton, and many others. So, I was understandably stoked (at 21+) at the prospect of reliving those days. […]

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  4. How can I add my blog to Sphere so that it comes up in your keyword search?

    Comment by Sam — July 11, 2007 @ 5:57 pm | Reply

  5. This may be a naive question, but how does Sphere select the content it displays via its many widgets? I’ve been looking for any info on this, but can’t find anything. Sphere seems quiet on this topic, so at a high level I’m mainly wondering about what criteria Sphere uses to select blogs. I’ve noticed they usually stick to a small handful of URLs. More selfishly, I have a travel blog, where can I sign up? 🙂

    Comment by Scott Mc — July 14, 2007 @ 9:00 pm | Reply

  6. How may I sign up. I live in Guam a territory of the USA. Beneathe the facade of the beautiful tourist sites lie the real shame of our government’s treatment of the native peoples here.

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