Community takes on SuperPhone with text-marketing for celebs


We’ve been writing about text-marketing startup SuperPhone since 2016, when musician Ryan Leslie raised $1.5m to build a tool for artists to communicate with fans via SMS. Now it’s got some competition from a startup called Community, discovered by Wired when actor and investor Ashton Kutcher promoted it to his fans.

“I miss having a real connection w/ real people. My Community. From now on you can just text me. I won’t be able to respond to everyone but at least we can be real w/ each other & I can share the unedited latest & greatest in my world,” tweeted Kutcher yesterday with a 10-digit phone number.

Not *his* phone number, of course: fans texting it received an automatic reply with a link to sign them up to Community, which “provides its clients (including influencers, musicians, athletes, brands, actors, their agents, and others, collectively, ‘Clients’) the ability through a non-exclusive, revocable license to send and receive text messages from users of the Service by using a ten-digit phone number”.

Wired dug further, and claims that this isn’t a brand new startup, but rather a rebrand and pivot for an existing one called Shimmur (which was actually one of the first cohort of startups in the Techstars Music accelerator back in 2017).

Stuart Dredge

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One response
  • Amy says:

    I have a question about this. I’ve seen this twice with two separate music artists recently. One of them (so far) is texting once a day, and a friend told me she thinks they are auto-generated, it’s not the artist(s) themselves who are choosing what to say and texting. Is there any possibility this could be true?

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