ZineCube: Self-Publish, Digital Magazine Platform

May 11, 2010

9:49 am

ZINECUBE is about doing it yourself – on every level. About two years ago, inspired by a friends’ Grandfather who wanted to sell his bronze statues, Cory Hohs and Jigar Patel started “messing around” with creating a website for artists to display their work. The idea for ZINECUBE as a user-generated content site allowing users to display images, video, and text in an easy to view, shareable & embeddable magazine format was born, but their attempts at hiring freelancers to build the site failed.

… after 2 failed attempts of paying free lancers to create the site for us, we decided that we would just learn how to do it on our own – which we have learned is the best way to do things! The last 10 months have been spent learning FLEX/Flash, JavaScript, Adobe Products, HTML, MySQL, Basic Website Setup, PhP, ActionScript 3, CSS, etc… It has been a lot of fun and a VERY interesting time, and now we know that to get going, you JUST HAVE TO DO THINGS YOURSELF!

The beta site is now up where users can register for free and then dive into creating their own ZINECUBE. It took me about 15 minutes or so to build this quick ZINECUBE for TECH cocktail. The publishing tool allows you to pull in images and video from popular sites using basic URLs, add text, edit, etc. Publishing is one step and includes a privacy option and Facebook URL.

TECH cocktail ZINECUBE

Admittedly, the tool is a little clunky during this first beta, but the team’s goal is to continue to evolve ZINECUBE into a more sophisticated site including a more professional interface with advanced features that will be a competitive product in the eReader space. According to the bootstrapping duo, this first pass is to generate enough interest so they can pursue the product more aggressively.

ZINECUBE will be on hand demoing their stuff as a showcased startup at TECH cocktail Chicago 13 on Thursday, May 13th, 2010 at John Barleycorn in Wrigleyville.

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Jen Consalvo is the Cofounder and COO of Tech.Co. She previously worked in product development for almost 13 years at AOL for audiences of millions. Follow her on Twitter at: @noreaster.

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