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Was HQ a Tech Company or a Media Company?

The live trivia app HQ Trivia was once the obsession of the internet, garnering millions of players and an international spotlight. But then it all went wrong. Boom/Bust: The Rise and Fall of HQ Trivia tells the story of the once-viral trivia app and examines vagaries of the attention economy. Subscribe: Spotify / Apple / Stitcher There’s this really crucial moment in a startup’s trajectory where an idea takes off, the company is growing like crazy, and its founders are confronted with an existential question: What are we? The answer usually reveals a startup’s underlying ambitions for world domination. No, we’re not a directory of college students, we’re a social network that wants to connect the world. No, we’re not a search engine, we are the framework for how you function and think.

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