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Celebrity Chat for the Skype Age: Greenroom Brings Dr. Drew to Your Laptop

September 5, 2012 | Telepresence Options

By Peter Kafka,

Drew Pinsky has three TV shows, a syndicated radio show and a Twitter account that reaches 2.7 million people.

Not enough Dr. Drew for you? Now you can buy more. The physician-turned-celebrity talker is launching Greenroom, a service that sells one-on-one video chats with famous people.

Next week, for instance, Pinsky is auctioning off 15 minutes of his time. Starting bid: $200.

Greenroom's pitch is as simple as a Skype call: Celebrities sell Web video chats for a fixed price or via an auction, and the site collects 25 percent of the fee. The chats are private, but moderated by an operator. That's it.

In other words, it's a personal-appearance broker, updated for the Facetime/Google Hangout age. This is either one of those companies that should have been launched a long time ago, or one that hasn't been launched before with good reason.

We'll find out soon. Pinsky and co-founder Curtis Giesen say they've raised $2.5 million to get the service going, and Giesen is trying to round up a roster of famous people you might want to pay to see.
 
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