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Ryan HooverI see hundreds of consumer apps every month and truthfully very few of them feel fresh and new. HQ feels different and one of the best examples of tech elevating traditional TV entertainment. Truthfully, I have a lot of skepticism about its longevity but it's early and I'm sure @rus and team have some surprises. 😊
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AxiosHQ, the live trivia game-show app, tells Axios that it has raised $15 million in new VC funding at a $100 million post-money valuation. Founders Fund led, and was joined by return backer Lightspeed Venture Partners. Why it matters: Because, on Sunday night, HQ had more than 2.1 million people staring at their phone screens for a solid 15 minutes.
NBC NewsTwice a day, like clockwork, diehard trivia fans pull out their phones to play a live game of HQ Trivia with the hope of earning a piece of the jackpot. The free trivia app has become an overnight sensation, thanks in part to its marriage between trivia, live streaming and the allure of earning a cash prize for answering all 12 questions correctly.
NytimesIt's easy to feel that a strange new future has arrived upon opening the free app for the first time. The game - currently available only on Apple devices, though an Android version is scheduled to arrive around Christmas - features a counter in the corner of the screen that ticks up as people log on to play at 3 p.m.
TechCrunch"It's a way to give people a chance to have fun, maybe win, maybe learn something new." That's how former Vine co-founder Rus Yusupov describes his new trivia game show app HQ, which feels like Who Wants To Be A Millionaire meets Facebook Live.
The VergePerhaps you've noticed your friends or coworkers looking at their phones intently this past week, at about mid-afternoon or late into the evening. Maybe they've been yelling out questions like, "Who won last year's Premier League?" or scrambling to confirm the tallest mountain in the Solar System or gawking at the prospect of knowing which multinational cong… See more