We’re sad to report on the first startup shutdown of 2016, as dance-events app Beatguide announced that it is closing its doors.
“Goodbye, friends. We gave it a shot! We had a great time. Much love from Berlin,” explained its homepage, complete with a quote from Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg on the importance of taking risks.
Beatguide first came to our attention in 2013, when it was one of the first three finalists in Red Bull’s Amplifier startup accelerator program.
It was an events platform focused on electronic music, tracking DJs and concerts in a number of cities, while tapping SoundCloud to enable people to actually play the music before deciding who to see.
The startup was co-founded by Stefan Baumschlager, once of Last.fm and Rdio, and now manager of YouTube’s EMEA publishing partnerships.
The app was nominated for Best Music App in Music Ally’s digital music awards in 2014, when it greatly impressed our judges.
However, with strong competition from Resident Advisor – which launched its own RA Guide app last summer – and SoundCloud introducing play limits for third-party apps, perhaps it is no surprise to see Beatguide bidding farewell.