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Fab Forward: How Found a Niche in a Design Deal Social Hub With their site stuck in neutral, two entrepreneurs changed gears and paved a new road to success.

By Jason Ankeny Edited by Frances Dodds

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It wasn't working. Goldberg and Shellhammer both knew it. Let's be fair:, the social network they rolled out in January 2010, wasn't exactly floundering. The site--a lifestyle reviews and recommendations platform targeting gay men--wrapped up a Series A funding round valued at $1.75 million as the year drew to a close, with total membership eclipsing 110,000. But Fabulis wasn't exactly flourishing, either.

"We had about 30,000 people using the site weekly, but no matter what we did, we couldn't grow beyond that," Goldberg recalls. "We could get more people to come to the site, but they weren't sticking."

Bradford Shellhammer and Jason Goldberg of
Bradford Shellhammer and Jason Goldberg of

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