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Interview with Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten, co-founder of Fleck

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Below is an interview with Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten, co-founder of Fleck. We hope you find the interview informative and useful. Please visit their website and check it out! http://fleck.com/.

TechAddress: Tell me a bit about your company, what it does and what’s your value proposition?

Fleck: Fleck is an annotation service. It allows you to add notes to pages on the web.

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TechAddress: What makes your company stand apart from your competitors?

Fleck: Its simple and easy to use interface. Annotation is a fairly new concept for most people so it is important not to confuse them with too many features.

TechAddress: What are some of the main features?

Fleck: You can use Fleck without installing software. Just go to the website, enter a URL and click go. You will be able to annotate right away and share your annotated pages with other people and they won’t have to install anything or become members first.

TechAddress: Who’s your target customer or audience?

Fleck: At this moment everybody with Firefox. We will launch the Explorer compatible version in a week or so. I think that people who are used to leaving comments on blogs are the kind of people who will first adopt our service. But everybody who has ever emailed a website to someone else is a potential user of Fleck too.

TechAddress: Any new things in particular that you’re working on right now?

Fleck: Lots. We will offer a PRO package soon. Different kind of notes and expert settings. This space is going to be very exciting.

TechAddress: Where do you see your company heading in the future?

Fleck: We expect the added content to be interesting at some point. You might use Fleck to search for interesting websites based on user annotations.

TechAddress: Any negative feedback or criticism regarding technology and services?

Fleck: People really want the Explorer version to work.

TechAddress: So what would you say is the guiding principle behind your company?

Fleck: We want to build something that people will want to use several times a day and miss if it is not there.

TechAddress: What is the mission of your company and what are you bringing to the market that is innovative?

Fleck: The product we launched isn’t completely new. In fact, Vannevar Bush invented a similar system in 1945. It is innovative because we took a difficult technical process and simplified it in a way so that it becomes useful for normal internet users.

TechAddress: Where are you in terms of funding and your lifecycle?

Fleck: Just finished a first round with informal investors.

TechAddress: If your technology or service is not formally launched yet, when’s the launch date? If you have already launched, when was your launch date?

Fleck: We launched on November 16 in New York during the TechCrunch party.

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November 27, 2006 at 12:59 pm Leave a comment

Feedtext Inc. Launches Corporate Website and Corporate Blog

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San Francisco-based Content Provider Does a Website Facelift and Dips Their Toes in the Blogosphere

SAN FRANCISCO, CA. November 15, 2006 – Feedtext Inc., a content provider based in San Francisco, proudly announces the launch of their company’s website (http://www.feedtext.com) donning a new look and the birth of their corporate blog, The Feedtext Blog (http://blog.feedtext.com).

Feedtext.com now serves like a portal to all the products and services the company is offering to their market. The products found on their current roster are SMSJock (http://www.smsjock.com), a web-based application for radio stations geared to increase radio-listener interaction, and Moblabber (http://www.moblabber.com), a web to mobile broadcast tool, which aims to provide users with a venue to discuss their common interests online and mobile.

There are products seen on the site but are still in the works and will soon be launched, Hobnobster (http://www.hobnobster.com), and Ringtone Deck (http://www.ringtonedeck.com).

The Feedtext Blog, the official blog of Feedtext Inc., will be a place for customers, business partners and industry players to educate, speculate and mingle among themselves. It also aims to share information on company movements, key industry news, and a relatively large dose of commentary on key areas within, but not limited to, the web and mobile services industry, managed by their corporate blogger, Sasha Manuel.

“We recognize the importance of communication, that’s why we are in this business,” Vince T. Yamat, CEO of Feedtext, Inc., explains. “By creating different avenues wherein we can interact with all our customers, adapting a mentality that this company is fueled by the passion to communicate, gives us a sense of satisfaction that we can address their needs better, effectively improve our product and services and, hopefully, rightfully exceed their expectations.” 

Feedtext Inc. is a web and mobile entertainment company that develops consumer and business applications for media companies and wireless carriers in North America. The company also offers other services such as chat, community applications, interactive TV applications and mobile entertainment storefronts.

For more information, please visit the website at www.feedtext.com or call +1 415.839.0091.

Media contact:                                                                                                      

Vince T. Yamat
Email: vince.yamat@feedtext.com
Phone: + 1 415.839.0091

November 22, 2006 at 11:11 pm 392 comments

Interview with Alice Lankester, VP Marketing from FilmLoop, Inc.

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Below is an interview with Alice Lankester, VP Marketing from FilmLoop, Inc.  We hope you find the interview informative and useful. Please visit their website and check it out!  http://www.filmloop.com/.

TechAddress:  Tell me a bit about your company, what it does and what’s your value proposition?

FilmLoop:  FilmLoop is the leading photocasting network. FilmLoop offers free software for Windows and Macintosh that lets users broadcast and share digital photo stories, and a content web site for displaying and promoting Loop creators’ work.  FilmLoop users can post Loops to the new FilmLoop.com web site, as well as to their own Web site, social network profile pages, blogs, or share by email. For businesses, FilmLoop is a direct photo channel to users and a way to keep audiences engaged in a brand or product offering.

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TechAddress:  What are some of the main features?

FilmLoop:  With FilmLoop, you can:

  • Browse our huge library of Loops made by FilmLoopers worldwide
  • Build your own Loop of photos, cartoons, drawings, artwork, text
  • Jazz up your Loop with frames, tattoos, and collages
  • Add click actions to allow images to click through to audio, video, web sites
  • Collaborate on a Loop, allowing anyone to add their own submissions to your Loop
  • Notify your Loop subscribers of your changes — every time you add or change something, everyone watching that Loop in FilmLoop finds out
  • Comment on a Loop
  • Share the Loop via email, so with one-click anyone can watch your Loop — no download required
  • Integrate the Loop on your profile, web site, or blog
  • Submit the Loop here on FilmLoop for the world to see and enjoy
  • Make Loops public, by posting anywhere, including here on FilmLoop
  • Make Loops private where you only share with people you know.

TechAddress:  Who’s your target customer or audience?

FilmLoop:  Everyone with a digital camera and a little creativity who wants to tell a story

TechAddress:  Any new things in particular that you’re working on right now?

FilmLoop:  Just yesterday we launched our brand new web site — focused on showing off all the great Loop content that’s been created. We’re also launching great new contests to inspire content creation.

TechAddress:  Where do you see your company heading in the future?

FilmLoop:  Hopefully upward and onward

TechAddress:  Any negative feedback or criticism regarding technology and services?

FilmLoop:  Biggest barrier to entry is the download. But it’s a small app. and very powerful and free. Once people use it, they realize it is hard to accomplish all that we do with a web based only service.

TechAddress:  So what would you say is the guiding principle behind your company?

FilmLoop:  Keep listening to our users and watch what they are doing. Keep innovating. Have faith in what we are doing.

TechAddress:  What is the mission of your company and what are you bringing to the market that is innovative?

FilmLoop:  To put story telling tools in the hands of users and inspire their creativity to entertain, engage, inform and amuse their audiences.

TechAddress:  Where are you in terms of funding and your lifecycle?

FilmLoop:  We have received two rounds of v.c. funding — Series A and Series B.

TechAddress:  If your technology or service is not formally launched yet, when’s the launch date?

FilmLoop:  Launched November 2005.

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November 15, 2006 at 12:18 pm 1 comment

Interview with Andy Hagans, President of ReviewMe

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Below is an interview with Andy Hagans, President of ReviewMe. We hope you find the interview informative and useful. Please visit their website and check it out! http://www.reviewme.com/

TechAddress: Tell me a bit about your company, what it does and what’s your value proposition?

ReviewMe: ReviewMe aims to provide both valuable feedback and buzz to advertisers in the blogosphere, simultaneously allowing bloggers to increase their revenue while maintaining their editorial integrity and true voice.

*Minus the buzzwords: Advertisers, you pay to get your stuff reviewed by bloggers. Bloggers, you get paid to review their stuff. And it’s not payola.

TechAddress: What makes your company stand apart from your competitors?

ReviewMe:
- We charge for reviews based on a blog’s reach; to my knowledge competitors treat all blogs as if they had equal value/reach, which is ludicrous.

- Transparency: Bloggers in our system must disclose the sponsored nature of a review, and are encouraged to give both negative and positive feedback.

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TechAddress: What are some of the main features?

ReviewMe: Right now we’re just concentrating on the core product. One thing I do like is that every ReviewMe member has their own unique RSS feed which gives them alerts (when a review is ordered from their blog, etc.)

TechAddress: Who’s your target customer or audience?

ReviewMe: Bloggers! Marketers! Usability professionals who want a focus group & feedback! People who like making money!

TechAddress: Any new things in particular that you’re working on right now?

ReviewMe: An affiliate program is coming next month.

TechAddress: Where do you see your company heading in the future?

ReviewMe: To the top of the universe!

TechAddress: Any negative feedback or criticism regarding technology and services?

ReviewMe: Yes we’ve gotten plenty of bug reports, and it seems we had a few oversights on launch day (can you believe we forgot the FAQ?) But we’re working around the clock to fix these issues (many have been fixed already).

TechAddress: So what would you say is the guiding principle behind your company?

ReviewMe: Value. For an ad network to succeed, you have to provide high value to advertisers and publishers both, or you won’t last. BOTH SIDES need to be getting “a good deal”. That’s our focus.

TechAddress: What is the mission of your company and what are you bringing to the market that is innovative?

ReviewMe: Our mission is to provide high value to both advertisers and publishers; our innovation lies in the core product: “Minus the buzzwords: Advertisers, you pay to get your stuff reviewed by bloggers. Bloggers, you get paid to review their stuff. And it’s not payola.”

TechAddress: Where are you in terms of funding and your lifecycle?

ReviewMe: We’re owned by MediaWhiz. We are not seeking funding.

TechAddress: If your technology or service is not formally launched yet, when’s the
launch date? If you have already launched, when was your launch date?

ReviewMe: Launched yesterday [November, 9th]!

November 14, 2006 at 3:56 pm Leave a comment

Interview with David Dudas, co-founder and CTO of Eyespot

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Below is an interview with David Dudas, co-founder and CTO of Eyespot. We hope you find the interview informative and useful. Please visit their website and check it out! http://eyespot.com/. You can also view a recent product demo video: http://eyespot.com/share?cmd=permalink&r=eVEXaw0018lbyywzkriEJW02IW412l

 

TechAddress: Tell me a bit about your company, what it does and what’s your value proposition?

Eyespot: There are two parts of our business. One is eyespot.com, a direct-to-consumer video editing and sharing site. Users can upload video, photos, and music and use Eyespot to create short mashups. After the creating their stories, users can distribute video from Eyespot to mobile phones, portable device, blogs, and other video sharing sites.

The second part of our business is a white label technology platform.

All the features available on eyespot.com are available to media companies, social networks, video portals, and other businesses that want to add social media aspects to their online properties. We provide our technology as a fully managed turn-key solution, i.e. we’re an ASP.

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TechAddress: What makes your company stand apart from your competitors?

Eyespot: There are many companies who provide turn-key video hosting solutions. We differ in that we offer video editing and mashup applications in addition to the commodity hosting platform. We also differ in that our solution offers an end-to-end mobile solution that allows users to share and watch their favorite videos on their mobile phones.

TechAddress: What are some of the main features?

Eyespot: Easy-to-use video editing within a web browser. A deep library of stock footage and video available to all. Sending video to mobile phones. Downloading video in numerous formats such as iPod, PSP, Quicktime, and Windows Media. One-click-publishing of video to other video hosting sites.

TechAddress: Who’s your target customer or audience?

Eyespot: Our website, eyespot.com, is for anyone who wants to have fun with the video they have shot without going through the hassle of learning how to use complicated video editing software.

Our white label platform targets record labels, film studios, broadcast media companies, social networks, video portals, wireless carriers, and ad agencies.

TechAddress: Any new things in particular that you’re working on right now?

Eyespot: Our mobile sharing feature works with any video-enabled phone on any major U.S. carrier. There is no need to download or install an application on the phone. However we will soon release Eyespot Mobile Share, a Java and BREW mobile application that will provide a number of great ways to share video on the mobile phone.

TechAddress: Where do you see your company heading in the future?

Eyespot: We plan to be a leading provider of social media technology and mobile video sharing technology.

TechAddress: Any negative feedback or criticism regarding technology and services?

Eyespot: This is a great time for technology enthusiasts. We are experiencing massive innovation and disruption, which is always great for consumers. At the same time, technology is generally still over-complicated. Product managers need to strive for simplicity and usability. Usefulness is greatly diminished by complexity.

TechAddress: So what would you say is the guiding principle behind your company?

Eyespot: Usability. Elimination of barriers to adoption. Consumers WANT to shoot video of their experiences and assemble it into short stories to share with their friends and family. But video editing has always been something that only Hollywood professionals can figure out. With Eyespot we want to make it easy for any one to quickly assemble video into a short story and then share it with the world.

TechAddress: What is the mission of your company and what are you bringing to the market that is innovative?

Eyespot: Let’s answer this by way of example. Pick any event you have ever video recorded, or that you have seen someone recording: a wedding, a picnic, your kid’s baseball game, a holiday celebration. No one ever sits down and watches these videos. Never. The reason is because it’s boring and it’s a poor use of time. But if you can easily take the best parts of the event and quickly assemble them into a 2 or 3 minute highlight film, all of your friends and family would be overjoyed to watch it.

This is an example of storytelling. Our mission is to enable storytelling.

TechAddress: Where are you in terms of funding and your lifecycle?

Eyespot: Closed a $3.7M Series A led by Gabriel Venture Partners in October.

TechAddress: If your technology or service is not formally launched yet, when’s the launch date?

Eyespot: We launched in April 2006.

November 10, 2006 at 2:10 pm Leave a comment

Interview with Alan Levy, CEO of BlogTalkRadio

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Below is an interview with Alan Levy, CEO of BlogTalkRadio. We hope you find the interview informative and useful. Please visit their website and check it out! http://www.blogtalkradio.com/.

TechAddress: Tell me a bit about your company, what it does and what’s your value proposition?

BlogTalkRadio: BlogTalkRadio is the world’s first “social radio network”. Blogtalkradio allows anyone with something valuable to say to engage a live audience. By merging radio, the oldest broadcast medium, with Web 2.0, Blogtalkradio is enabling citizen broadcasters around the world to express themselves.

TechAddress: What makes your company stand apart from your competitors?

BlogTalkRadio: While we are the only true social radio network, there a few companies which have products which allow users to engage a live audience; however, there are important differences between these platforms. For example, Skype has a service called Skypecast, which allows up to 100 people to speak with one another at the same time. Unlike BlogTalkRadio, the Skypecast shows require the host and listener to be a Skype user, the shows are not archived, and they do not have universal streaming.

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TechAddress: What are some of the main features?

BlogTalkRadio: BlogTalkRadio hosts create their own host channel which describes their show, scheduled segments, and archived segments, which can be pod casts with a link to their blog or website. The host schedules their own show, when they want it to air and whatever topic they choose to discuss. When the show is schedule to air, the host manages a switchboard to receive callers. Each show can accommodate up to 5 live callers at any given time. All of our shows are free to the host and the listener and the host uses any type of phone to broadcast the show.

TechAddress: Who’s your target customer or audience?

BlogTalkRadio: Anyone with something valuable to say can use BlogTalkRadio. All you need is a phone or an Internet connection. Any blogger with an audience of 1 or 10,000 can use this platform to engage their audience in real time. Political bloggers (right, left and center), business professionals and consultants, politicians can use our platform to conduct town hall meetings, authors to conduct book readings, musicians to promote their music and be interviewed, etc. There are really endless uses for this platform.

TechAddress: Any new things in particular that you’re working on right now?

BlogTalkRadio:
We have been in beta for less than three months so we are continually looking to upgrade the platform and experience. We are looking to develop a flash player so our hosts can play archived segments directly on their blog, Myspace page or website. Also, very shortly our hosts will be able to upload mp3 files to be played during their blogshows. We have many other plans in place, so stay tuned.

TechAddress: Where do you see your company heading in the future?

BlogTalkRadio: We are very excited about where this platform has developed in such a short time. Building upon services such as Myspace, Youtube and other social networking services, Blogtalkradio actually provides a live interactive platform where people can engage one another in real time. We talked about the potential uses of BTR above, and I envision significant international usage. Regardless of language or geographic location, people love to talk and people love to listen and BlogTalkRadio provides an outlet for both.

TechAddress: Any negative feedback or criticism regarding technology and services?

BlogTalkRadio: As a new company, which has developed a platform, which has not yet been seen, we spend a lot of time simplifying our feature set and getting the kinks out. So far, the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.

TechAddress: So what would you say is the guiding principle behind your company?

BlogTalkRadio: We are excited about giving people a platform to share something with their audience. It’s called empowerment. We want to make sure that the user experience is the best that it can be. Everyone has the ability to host or listen to radio now.

TechAddress: What is the mission of your company and what are you bringing to the market that is innovative?

BlogTalkRadio: We are allowing everyone to broadcast their own radio show or listen to a show from a member of his or her community without constraint. It is a movement of citizen broadcasters who can now extend their blogs or sites easily through live audio.

TechAddress: Where are you in terms of funding and your lifecycle?

BlogTalkRadio: I have funded BlogTalkRadio and as of now we have no outside funding in the company. Down the road, it may make sense on a number of levels to bring in outside investors but until now, this hasn’t been the case.

TechAddress: If your technology or service is not formally launched yet, when’s the launch date?

BlogTalkRadio: We launched the beta version of BlogTalkRadio on August 1, 2006, and we continue to operate in beta as we develop new features to enhance the experience for hosts and listeners.

November 7, 2006 at 4:20 pm 2 comments

Interview with Andreas Wacker, creator of BlogsNow

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Below is an interview with Andreas Wacker, creator of BlogsNow. We hope you find the interview informative and useful. Please visit their website and check it out! http://blogsnow.com/.

TechAddress: Tell me a bit about your company, what it does and what’s your value proposition?

BlogsNow: BlogsNow is a meme tracker. It follows the discussions of all weblogs that use one of various ping services. Constantly it calculates the emerging topics in all of these weblogs by ‘simply’ calculating who gained the most links in the last hours.

TechAddress: What makes your company stand apart from your competitors?

BlogsNow: The first round of tools (Blogdex, Daypop, popdex and the likes) are all defunct. BlogsNow is the only tool that uses a vast number of blogs (Memeorandum only looks at the ‘a list’) and treats all (non-spam) target links equally (Tailrank does a fine job in listing news items).

TechAddress: What are some of the main features?

BlogsNow: One constantly updated page that reflect the current state of millions of blogs. It’s spam free, which also means that the code roots out all those planted stories that have no natural traction.

TechAddress: Who’s your target customer or audience?

BlogsNow: Anybody who would like to have a complete overview of the current discussions on weblogs.

TechAddress: Any new things in particular that you’re working on right now?

BlogsNow: Keeping the service spam free.

TechAddress: Where do you see your company heading in the future?

BlogsNow: It’s riding along the blogosphere like a surfer rides a wave. Looking at predictions from a couple of years ago it should be clear that it’s unpredictable how things will develop. BlogsNow will adapt to the changing state of blogs as long as it makes sense.

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TechAddress: Any negative feedback or criticism regarding technology and services?

BlogsNow: Spam is using 75% of my resources, both in raw hardware and in development time.

TechAddress: So what would you say is the guiding principle behind your company?

BlogsNow: Making a page that helps me to stay on top of what is going on.

TechAddress: What is the mission of your company and what are you bringing to the market that is innovative?

BlogsNow: Reflecting objectively and unbiased the flow of topics in Weblogs right now. The actual concept is not new, but the implementation is unmatched.

TechAddress: Where are you in terms of funding and your lifecycle?

BlogsNow: BlogsNow contradicts the usual models: There is no outside funding. These days technology is advanced and cheap enough that a single person can create a service that is unmatched. In other words, I think I can afford to run and maintain BlogsNow for a long time.

TechAddress: If your technology or service is not formally launched yet, when’s the launch date?

BlogsNow: BlogsNow started crawling in April 2004. The first pages were served in May of that year. Since then there have been 3 complete rewrites, an equal amount of major redesigns of the user interface aside from constant code changes.

November 6, 2006 at 11:15 pm 1 comment

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