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How to make a website full of crap

1) Say that people can download anything as long as they upload something
in return
2) Don’t check that what they upload isn’t utter crap

Founding (2007-2013)
Scribd began as a site to host and share documents.[13] While at Harvard, Trip Adler was
inspired to start Scribd after learning about the lengthy process required to publish academic
papers. [15] His father, a doctor at Stanford, was told it would take 18 months to have his
medical research published. [15] Adler wanted to create a simple way to publish and share
written content online. [16] He co-founded Scribd with Jared Friedman and attended the
inaugural class of Y Combinator in the summer of 2006.[17] There, Scribd received its initial
$12,000 in seed funding and then launched in a San Francisco apartment in March 2007.[6]
Scribd was called “the Youtube for documents,” allowing anyone to self-publish on the site
using its document reader. [15] The document reader turns PDFs, Word documents, and
PowerPoints into Web documents that can be shared on any website that allows embeds. [18]
In its first year, Scribd grew 218 percent with 23.5 million visitors as of November 2008. [19]
It also ranked as one of the top 20 social media sites according to Comscore.[20]
In June 2009, Scribd launched the Scribd Store, enabling writers to easily upload and sell
digital copies of their work online.[21] That same month, the site partnered with Simon &
Schuster to sell e-books on Scribd.[22] The deal made digital editions of 5,000 titles available
for purchase on Scribd, including books from bestselling authors like Stephen King, Dan
Brown, and Mary Higgins Clark. [23]
In October 2009, Scribd launched its branded reader for media companies including The New
York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, The Huffington Post, TechCrunch, and
MediaBistro.[24] ProQuest began publishing dissertations and theses on Scribd in December
2009.[25] In August 2010, many notable documents hosted on Scribd began to go viral,
including the California Proposition 8 ruling, which received 6,000 views per second, and
HP’s lawsuit against Mark Hurd’s move to Oracle.[26] [27]

Subscription service (2013-present)

Gillian Flynn. IDW.[48][49] In December 2008. [34] Audiobooks In November 2014. [29] The company also announced a partnership with HarperCollins which made the entire backlist of HarperCollins’ catalog available on the subscription service. Scribd announced a deal with Lonely Planet.[46] In October 2013. 2010 to become. and The Avengers.000 titles from Simon & Schuster. and George R.000 comics and graphic novels from publishers including Marvel. "the social network for reading". Scribd launched its e-book subscription service. Dynamite.[43] which allows automatic sharing of documents on Facebook and Twitter. [35] Wired noted that this was the first subscription service to offer unlimited access to audiobooks.7 million in June 2007 from Redpoint Ventures and The Kinsey Hills Group. Doris Kearns Goodwin. Scribd unveiled its first mobile plans for e-readers and smartphones.[37] This added 9. subscribers now had access to series such as Guardians of the Galaxy. offering the travel publisher’s entire library on its subscription service. the company raised US$9 million in a second round of funding led by .[30] According to Chantal Restivo-Alessi. this marked the first time that the publisher has released such a large portion of its catalog.[28] This gave users unlimited access to Scribd’s library of digital books for a flat monthly fee.In October 2013. [33] These titles included works from authors such as: Stephen King. Scribd introduced comics to its subscription service.000 from Y Combinator in 2006.[38] Comics In February 2015. [11] Through the service. Kevin Wilson’s The Family Fang. including Sarah Silverman’s The Bedwetter.000 audiobooks to its platform including titles from authors like Lena Dunham.[32] In May 2014.[45] Scribd rolled out a redesign on September 13. Daredevil. and Just As I Am: The Autobiography of Billy Graham. X-O Manowar. John Grisham. Mary Higgins Clark. Martin. Archie. [40][41] Timeline In February 2010. Boom! Studios. and “it represents a much larger shift in the way digital content is consumed over the net. chief digital officer at HarperCollins.” [36] In April 2015. Scribd announced its integration of Facebook social plug-ins at the Facebook f8 Developer Conference. Scribd further increased its subscription offering with 10. allowing readers to pay a flat monthly fee in exchange for unlimited access to all of Scribd's book titles. and Ernest Hemingway. according to TechCrunch. Chuck Klosterman. [39] The company added 10.[42] In April 2010 Scribd launched a new feature called "Readcast".[47] Financials The company was initially funded with US$12. Walter Isaacson. David McCullough. Scribd added audiobooks to its subscription library.R.[31] In March 2014. and Valiant.[44] Also in April 2010. the company expanded its audiobook catalog in a deal with Penguin Random House. and received over US$3. Scribd officially launched its unlimited subscription service for e-books. Ray Bradbury.

Scribd raised an additional US$13 million in a round led by MLC Investments of Australia and SVB Capital. Sacks.[52] In January 2015. the company raised US$22 million in new funding from Khosla Ventures with partner Keith Rabois joining the Scribd board of directors. [51] In January 2011. [50] David O. former PayPal COO and founder of Yammer and Geni.Charles River Ventures with re-investment from Redpoint Ventures and Kinsey Hills Group.[53] Technology . joined Scribd’s board of directors in January 2010.