Introducing New York's own Web 2.0 "playboys"

Melissa Gira Grant · 09/30/08 11:00PM

The golden boys of New York's start-up scene are just as flashbulb-driven as the women who dote on them, a new Details mag feature reveals. Mostly they followed Tumblr's enfant terrible, David Karp, and his heterosexual beard Charles Forman, who pimps "social gaming" at iminlikewithyou but is still better known as last season's Mr. Julia Allison. There's a guest appearance by Kevin Rose, which you can just tell is going to get messy. He's inserted towards the end as the wise old sage, warning these new guys away from male Internet fameballing:

Charles Forman vs. Julia Allison

Owen Thomas · 07/30/08 02:00PM

They always made for an unlikely couple. Besides a Manhattan address, a burning desire for tech-world fame, ties to Digg founder Kevin Rose, and towering self-regard, Iminlikewithyou founder Charles Forman and former Star TV spokeswoman Julia Allison had practically nothing in common. And now they have broken up, with publicly delivered disses. Allison's mechanism: Twitter, where she wished for "a boyfriend who isn't a whiny bitch." Forman's forum: YouTube, where a tirade against "celebrichauns with founder fetishes" was uploaded. The anti-Allison rant:

Hasbro sues Scrabulous creators, who could have gotten away with it

Nicholas Carlson · 07/24/08 03:20PM

Hasbro, maker of board game Scrabble, has filed suit in a New York court against Rajat and Jayant Agarwalla, the brothers who created Scrabulous, a Facebook-app version of the game. Hasbro also filed a DMCA notice with Facebook, asking that the company remove the game from its website because it infringes on Hasbro's copyright. I'm not a lawyer, and neither is Iminlikewithyou founder Charles Forman — but he has managed to get away with his own bit of copying other people's games, turning Tetris into Blockles and Pictionary into Draw My Thing, for example. Forman tells us that the Agarwallas would be totally in the clear if they'd only copied Scrabble's rules in building Scrabulous. Game rules can't be copyrighted, argues Forman. But since the Scrabulous guys also copied the physical appearance of the Scrabble board — which can be copyrighted — Forman thinks they're screwed.

Why are Jakob Lodwick and Charles Forman in Esquire?

Nicholas Carlson · 06/06/08 12:20PM

We don't own a smoking jacket or get manicures, so were unaware that New York wantrepreneurs Charles Forman of Iminlikewithyou and fired Connected Ventures cofounder Jakob Lodwick appear in the latest issue of Esquire until Forman pointed it out to us this morning. "Good to see you yesterday," Forman managed to say before asking: "Are you going to put my Esquire thing on Valleywag?" Fine. But only because it gives us a chance to examine what, exactly fellow wantrepreneur Julia Allison sees in him. Yes, the pair are dating. (Though we hear she sometimes forgets his name when introducing him at parties.)

Iminlikewithyou close to more funding

Nicholas Carlson · 05/20/08 02:20PM

Web videogame maker Iminlikewithyou is close to earning revenues — about three months away — and closer to landing more funding, we hear. When Jason Calacanis was in town earlier this year, Iminlikewithyou founder Charles Forman told him he planned to make money by selling gamers avatar and in-game upgrades. Forman is already funded by Betaworks, a New York-based incubator which has also backed Tumblr. A likely investor: SoftBank Capital, which is "very active in NYC right now," according to a source familiar with the East Coast VC scene — but we're now told SoftBank looked at Iminlikewithyou, and passed.

Slide exec on widgets: Fun is where the money is

Nicholas Carlson · 05/14/08 04:20PM

This decade's greatest Internet hits — Google and PayPal — make so much money because they help money change hands more efficiently. The next great wave of moneymakers on the Web won't be nearly so utilitarian, Keith Rabois, VP at widgetmaker Slide, argues in a guest post to AllThingsD. Rabois says the Web's next mint will be made on fun — a very underrated commodity, he says. To demonstrate his point, he harkens back to the week of April 21 and the electoral contest that captured all of America's attention. Not the Pennsylvania Democratic primary, Rabois writes. "I'm talking about American Idol." Then he lays down some convincing numbers:


Nicholas Carlson · 03/20/08 05:20PM

"Charles Forman is the most arrogant person I've ever met. Other than myself." — Jason Calacanis, on the tight-T-shirted Iminlikewithyou founder.

Rackspace competitors loving the fail

Nicholas Carlson · 01/24/08 01:40PM

Silicon Valley understands competition, even schadenfreude. So you'll forgive Rackspace competitors if they're just a tad gleeful at the managed hosting firm's failures of late. "It was very interesting (and quite a pleasure) to read your blog about [Rackspace] Well done!" one such competitor writes in an email, here attached as image (click to expand). He goes on: "Would you mind forwarding this email (or making an introduction via email) to Charles Forman with" Well, we'll see do what we can do. Charles?

Four reasons customers hate Rackspace

Nicholas Carlson · 01/22/08 01:20PM

Managed Web hosting firm Rackspace took out Tumblr, the trendy blogging site, last night, 37signals on Friday, a bunch of U.K. sites in December, and most of the websites you care about last November. Tumblr announced plans to quit the service this morning and at least one other startup customer — Charles Forman of Iminlikewithyou — doesn't blame him. Here are Forman's four reasons why, in his words, "Rackspace f—-ing sucks."

I go away for two weeks and this is what happens?

Nicholas Carlson · 01/14/08 08:00PM

If you hadn't noticed, I got married and went on a honeymoon. Did you miss me? Apparently so. Gizmodo gets banned from CES. Golson asks Calacanis for a job. Our very special correspondent pickets against the new pay system. Where was Denton with the "too insidery" warnings? Oh that's right, blogging for Gawker. Here's what really happened during the first two weeks of 2008, according to a speed-read of my feeds. On my next honeymoon, I'm bringing a laptop.

In which I school Iminlikewithyou founder at his own game

Nicholas Carlson · 12/21/07 06:20PM

Here's the infamous Blockles, the Tetris clone from Iminlikewithyou founder Charles Forman. "I dont know what Tetris is," Forman told me. "Blockles is a falling block puzzle game." Right. One that I kicked your ass at, boyo. (Check out the sweet swap move I pulled about 25 seconds in. Bam.)

Startup founder inspired by VH1 reruns

Tim Faulkner · 11/14/07 04:56PM

Charles Forman, the Silicon Alley entrepreneur who has a reputation for being a jerk, is tarting up his auction and game-based dating site, Iminlikewithyou, with a loser-generated version of VH1's Pop-Up Video. While it may be a suitable distraction for Iminlikewithyou's juvenile audience, regrettably, the submissions — most of them currently provided by Forman — aren't nearly as clever as the original Pop-Up Video which hasn't aired in at least five years, and hasn't been worth watching for longer than that. But this has led us to a brilliant insight on Forman's grand strategy.

Iminlikewithyou's messy breakup

Nicholas Carlson · 11/08/07 07:00PM

Some of you thought we gave Iminlikewithyou founder Charles Forman too much credit when wrote that the creator of the online dating site might not deserve his reputation. "False," one commenter wrote, "he's pure asshole." Later, a tipster clued us in . "The only way you're gonna get the real story of why Charles Forman is a big ass jerk is to talk with his now ex-cofounder, Dan Albritton." So OK, we did.