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Pixsy Launches PixsyPower and PhotoSense

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Pixsy Launches PixsyPower and PhotoSense
Media Search Technology Now Available to all Websites; Unveils Search Engine Ad Unit
San Francisco, CA — Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Pixsy Corporation, a next-generation media search platform that powers private label image and video search engines, today announced PixsyPower, a suite of media search tools and widgets for website publishers of all sizes. PixsyPower tools enable website publishers to increase their site traffic by offering unique content and media search functionality to their visitors.

PixsyPower enables bloggers, social networking sites, or any website to run private label photo and video search engines and widgets on their sites by simply signing up for free at PixsyPower.com. Image and video search are the fastest growing search verticals on the web and PixsyPower enables any website publisher to tap into this popular consumer activity within their own site. With three easy steps, Pixsy’s image and video search engine and widgets can be deployed on any website with content customized to the specific topic of their site. The service also provides a set of reporting tools to track visitor activities and search patterns.

“Pixsy’s business model of using media search tools to create search traffic on websites is a unique and effective way of generating new targeted advertising inventory across the web,” said Jack Klues, Chairman, Publicis Groupe Media. “We believe that Pixsy is well positioned to significantly exploit this growing market.”

Pixsy PhotoSense
The PixsyPower service features the new Pixsy PhotoSense tool, allowing publishers to select a category or specific provider and create an advertising unit that can be dropped into their site. This ad unit changes dynamically to deliver fresh and interesting visual content, changing all the time. Whether the topic is news, sports, celebrities or entertainment, PhotoSense enables publishers to customize their images and videos, as well as select their content providers and categories. PhotoSense is available in all major IAB size ad units.

With the new Pixsy PhotoSense Search Widget, website publishers can run a full blown media search engine inside their site. Photo and video searches can be performed and viewed directly inside the widget. For example, a travel website can have a travel photo and video search engine directly inside their site, with photo and video results showing up inside the widget on the site.

PixsyPower is the next breakthrough in the evolution of our media search distribution business,” said Chase Norlin, CEO, Pixsy Corporation. “Media search should be in the hands of all website operators, not just the big search portals.”

About Pixsy
Pixsy Corporation is a next-generation media search platform that powers private label image and video search engines for online publishers. Pixsy has offices in San Francisco, CA and Seattle, WA and was founded by a team of engineers and business leaders hailing from Microsoft, Sony, and ValueClick.

Contact:
Pixsy Corporation
Lauren Karp
415.533.4000
lauren[at]pixsy.com

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January 16, 2007 at 7:47 pm Leave a comment

Corporate Profile – 37signals

Company: 37signals, LLC

Company logo:

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Location: Chicago, IL

Launch Date: 1999

In the company’s own words, what is it? We’re a privately-held Chicago-based company committed to building the best web-based software products possible with the least number of features necessary. Our products do less than the competition — intentionally. We’ve been in business since 1999 and love what we do.

We believe most software is too complex. Too many features, too many buttons, too much confusion. We build easy to use web-based products with elegant interfaces and thoughtful features. We’re focused on executing on the basics beautifully.

While our products are mainly built for small businesses and individuals (we call this group the Fortune 5,000,000), companies of all sizes use them every day. From 1 person to teams of 3-5 people to companies of 5000. Everyone loves simple tools that help get the job done and then get out of your way.

Outside quote about company: Farhad Manjo of salon.com said, “Basecamp and Backpack represent the future of software on the Web not just because they’re elegant, easy-to-use programs that will likely make your life better. The two applications are also interesting because they were created in a novel way, using a new programming model that allowed 37 Signals to build each program very quickly, and with very few people. Indeed, this method of creating applications — doing it fast and on a tight budget — might well be called 37 Signal’s animating philosophy, its central mission.”

Features:
* Project management and collaboration (Basecamp)
* Real-time group chat (Campfire)
* Information organizer and calendar (Backpack)
* Simple to-do lists (Ta-da List)
* Collaborative writing (Writeboard)
* Open-source web-app framework (Ruby on Rails)
* Blogging read by over 30,000 a day (Signal vs. Noise)

Screen Shots:

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Management/Directors:

Jason Fried, Founder
David Heinemeier Hansson, Programmer
Ryan Singer, Designer
Sam Stephenson, Programmer
Marcel Molina, Programmer
Matt Linderman, Designer
Jamis Buck, Programmer

Relevant Links:
http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/05_47/b3960428.htm
http://businessweek.com/magazine/content/06_13/b3977005.htm
http://www.businessweek.com/technology/bestof/editorpicks.htm
http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,122928-page,4/article.html

January 11, 2007 at 4:22 pm Leave a comment

Interview with Todd Berkowitz, Director of Marketing for NewsGator

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Below is an interview with Todd Berkowitz, Director of Marketing for NewsGator. We hope you find the interview informative and useful. Please visit their website and check it out! http://www.newsgator.com.

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

NewsGator: We like to think of NewsGator as “The RSS Company,” and we have three primary offerings:

For consumers or individuals, we provide RSS aggregators or readers via the Web, Microsoft Outlook, desktop clients (Windows and Mac) and mobile devices among others. More than a million individuals use NewsGator Online (Web), NewsGator Inbox (Outlook), FeedDemon (Windows), NetNewsWire (Mac) and NewsGator Go! (Mobile) to access their news and information via RSS, with synchronization across all the platforms. These products help users improve productivity and stay better informed by bringing information directly to them from across the Web and blogosphere.

For businesses, we offer two centrally managed solutions: NewsGator Enterprise Server (server-based) and NewsGator Enterprise On-Demand (SaaS) to help easily deliver both internal and external RSS feeds to employee intranets, portals, e-mail clients and mobile devices, without a large learning curve for users. The solutions help reduce information overload, improve internal communications, drive greater portal usage, increase knowledge worker productivity and help organizations better leverage investments in Web 2.0 technologies.

Finally, for publishers, media companies and other companies with large Web presences, we provide a range of RSS, personalization and social media tools through the NewsGator Private Label Platform. The solutions help them build increase page views and loyalty within their existing brands.

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

NewsGator: On a macro-level, we are the only RSS company to offer solutions to individuals, businesses and media/publishing companies alike. On a product level the differentiators include:

  • Individual/Consumer: Multiple interfaces/devices – all synchronized, a full-featured taxonomy, and an index of more than one million feeds
  • Enterprise: Largest share of deployments and seats (Approximately 80-90% of market), widest set of access points (only one to support SharePoint or offer desktop clients), access to external content (via NewsGator Online) and integration with key Microsoft technologies
  • Private Label: Only one to provide widgets and other tools beyond a branded RSS reader, deployments outside of newspaper market

TechAddress: What are some of the main features?

NewsGator: This is described above, but from the beginning, the philosophy has always been to provide a back-end platform to handle users, feeds and subscriptions and then provide a wide variety of points to access the content – from power users with 200+ feeds to people who need to get relevant content delivered to Outlook or a portal without having the faintest idea what RSS is. Some key features along that point include clippings (find an article from a feed, clip it to a folder, let others subscribe/or subscribe others to that feed), read-state and subscription synchronization between different access points, and ajax-based Web interfaces.

For particular products, there are other features. FeedDemon and NetNewsWire both have three-pane “newspaper” reading windows and are lightning fast. NewsGator Enterprise Server has integration with Microsoft Exchange, Active Directory and other LDAP stores. NewsGator Private Label Platform has widgets called “Buzz” that can be dropped into a site and provide content from the publisher or outside with only a few lines of code. We also provide a wide-range of security features across all of the offerings.

TechAddress: Who’s your target customer or audience?

NewsGator: It depends on the product. Here are some examples:

  • Individual/Consumer products: These are targeted to individuals with more casual users going for the free NewsGator Online, power and business users targeted for Inbox and FeedDemon, Mac owners targeted for NetNewsWire and mobile device power users targeted for NewsGator Go!.
  • Enterprise products: NewsGator Enterprise Server is targeted to the Fortune 1000 and other large companies (5,000+ users) as well as organizations with 250 or more employees and a high concentration of knowledge workers such as pharmaceutical/chemical manufacturers, law firms, PR/marketing agencies, high tech companies, government and professional services firms. Targets include IT (Advanced Technology or Technology Architects), Corp Comm/Marketing and Librarians/Knowledge Management. NewsGator Enterprise On-Demand is more suited for smaller companies (less than 250 employees), divisions or functional groups of larger organizations without IT staffs supporting them. Targets include Corp Comm/Marketing, Librarians/Knowledge Management as well as business owners such as sales, research etc;
  • Private Label: Newspapers, magazines, media companies, online content providers, publishers and B2C companies with a significant Web presence and content.

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

NewsGator: Of course. NewsGator Enterprise On-Demand will be coming out later in January. A significant update of NewsGator Enterprise Server will be available in the first half of the year. We’re also part of the “SuiteTwo” project announced by Intel (www.suitetwo.com) which will ship in the next few months. On the consumer side, new versions of Inbox, FeedDemon and NetNewsWire are in the works as well as an even snazzier interface for NewsGator Online. Private Label is also constantly coming out with great new features like the recently announced Hosted Conversations. Subscribe to our blog to keep up-to-date on all major NewsGator developments: http://blogs.newsgator.com/daily/.

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

NewsGator: Although RSS is one of the hottest Web 2.0 technologies around, it’s still only being knowingly used by a small percentage of the Internet population (less than 5% according to Forrester). As the technology matures and gains wider adoption, we plan to continually innovate and make it easier for people to access RSS and Web 2.0 content and maintain and even grow our leadership position.

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

NewsGator: Not really, but used the wrong way, RSS can become as bad as e-mail in terms of information overload. If people subscribe to too many feeds it can be problematic. This means that businesses should think about the knowledge management implications of RSS and use best practices when embarking on a corporate initiative.

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

NewsGator: Making it as easy as possible for as many people and companies to take full advantage of the power of RSS.

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

NewsGator: The mission is really the same as the guiding principle. From a development standpoint we try to provide solutions and features that the market is asking for and also stay ahead of the curve and innovate in ways that people haven’t even thought was possible.

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

NewsGator: NewsGator was founded in 2003 and accepted its first round of funding in June 2004. NewsGator closed its second, third and fourth round of financings in December 2004, April 2005 and June 2006 respectively. The company’s investors include Mobius Ventures and Masthead Venture Partners.

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January 10, 2007 at 12:04 pm 3 comments

Corporate Profile – FeedBurner, Inc.

Company: FeedBurner, Inc.

Company logo:

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Location: Headquartered in Chicago, IL

Launch Date:
February, 2004

In the company’s own words, what is it? FeedBurner is the leading provider of media distribution and audience engagement services for blogs and RSS feeds. Our Web-based tools help bloggers, podcasters and commercial publishers promote, deliver and profit from their content on the Web.

FeedBurner also offers the largest feed and blog advertising network that brings together an unprecedented caliber of content aggregated from the world’s most recognized media companies (e.g. Wall Street Journal Online, Wired News, Ziff Davis), A-list bloggers and blog networks and individual publishers from around the world.

Outside quote about company: Raanan Bar-Cohen, director of product strategy at Dow Jones Online said, “Our adoption of FeedFlare, coupled with FeedBurner’s growing suite of tools that leverage RSS, will yield tremendous benefits for our audience and advertisers. Working with FeedBurner gives us the ability to rapidly test and deploy integrated offerings in our feeds, providing the flexibility and speed that is critical in today’s media marketplace.”

Features:
* Exceptional network of publishers
* Media is priced on a CPM basis, and ads are targeted by content channel
* Self-serve ad creation and performance monitoring
* Full third-party ad serving support

Screen Shots:

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Management/Directors:
Dick Costolo, co-founder and CEO
Eric Lunt, co-founder and CTO
Steve Olechowski, co-founder and COO
Matt Shobe, co-founder and Chief Design Officer

Relevant Links:
http://www.feedburner.com/fb/a/pressreleases?release=feedburner_delivering_feeds_an.jsp
http://www.feedburner.com/fb/a/pressreleases?release=dow_jones_online_selects_feedb_1.jsp
http://www.feedburner.com/fb/a/pressreleases?release=twenty_of_the_worlds_top_blog.jsp
http://www.feedburner.com/fb/a/pressreleases?release=feedburner_wins_chicago_innova.jsp

January 8, 2007 at 4:07 pm 1 comment

New Way for Students To Enter University Life

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – December 21st, 2006

University of Sydney Union has partnered with studentface.com.au, Australia’s largest online student community, to launch a new service for undergraduate students and high school leavers.

Australia’s skills shortage has created record demand for graduates; however, high school students find it hard to enter university because they don’t know any university students who can encourage them to enter tertiary education.

“This partnership is significant because it helps high school leavers log onto studentface.com.au, locate University students who are studying their desired degree, ask them questions and then enter university with greater confidence about what they are studying”, explained Jahangir Shagaev from studentface.com.au.

Studentface is Australia’s largest online community for students with representation at over 25 Australian universities where students form study groups, share photos, videos, make friendships and find career opportunities.

“We think studentface.com.au is great because it helps students have a better university experience”, said Katy Fernandez, President of the USYD Union.

 

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About Studentface.com.au
Studentface.com.au is Australia’s largest online community for university students with presence at over 25 Australian Universities, representing over 80% of Australia’s student population. The company is based in Sydney and has a vision of creating an online platform for Australian students where high school leavers can discover what life is like at university and where university students can access career opportunities through alumni and graduates of their institution.

Contact:
Studentface.com.au
Level13/167 Macquarie House

Sydney, NSW, Australia
t: +61 (02) 8216 0780

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About University of Sydney Union
The University of Sydney Union (USU) has provided services to students since 1874, enriching the life of students while they are at University. Those services include cultural and commercial services such as student development, clubs & Societies programs, community outreach programs, retail and food & beverage services, entertainment, o-week and many more. For more information please contact George Livery on 0411 742313 or go to usuonline.com.au.

January 4, 2007 at 6:19 pm 1 comment

Interview with Eric D. Alterman, Founder and CEO of KickApps Corporation

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Below is an interview with Eric D. Alterman, Founder and CEO of KickApps Corporation. We hope you find the interview informative and useful. Please visit their website and check it out! http://kickapps.com/.

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

KickApps: KickApps is a fully hosted ASP platform that quickly enables any website with all the functionality typically found at portals like MySpace, YouTube and Flickr, including user-generated video, photos, personal pages, video blogging, tagging, rating, transcoding, video player customization, etc.

The KickApps platform deploys in a fast (hours, not months), highly customizable fashion by automatically generating custom media widgets with a number of unique viral features.

The KickApps platform allows websites to dramatically increase their page impressions and ad inventory and includes an administration, media management and reporting/data mining console. The platform also enables ad insertion including banner, pre-roll video and post-roll video.

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

KickApps: KickApps deploys rich functionality on major media websites in just a few hours with very little engineering integration. AJAX, Flash and html elements blend into a robust, seamless experience on a highly stable and scalable JAVA-based platform (Spring Framework, Hibernate). There are a number of features unique to the KickApps platform, including user-generated content and social networking deployed simply by the platform’s instant widget generator. The platform is also supported by a sophisticated media management platform which allows websites to invite rich media user participation while protecting their brands and advertisers from pornography and inappropriate material. Media screening includes automatic removal of media flagged by users as inappropriate as well as a media management console that allows webmaster to pre-screen content, adjust meta-data and disable unruly members. Web services include single sign on, reporting and module support. While many platform support widgets, those widgets have minimal functionality and are generally skin deep. KickApps widgets click to deeper user experiences, all supported by an integrated platform.

TechAddress: What are some of the main features?

KickApps: Video, photo and audio file uploads, transcoding and hosting within a sophisticated media management system easily controlled by our affiliate websites in an efficient administration console. User personal pages are automatically generated and multi-media enabled thru a media management system that gives detailed control to both website visitors and webmasters. The platform also includes multi-media community boards and Flash video blogging that allows users to create and post videos instantly with an inexpensive webcam.

TechAddress: Who’s your target customer or audience?

KickApps: Major media and high traffic websites that currently have an audience but do not yet invite true user participation. Radio station websites, television show websites, talk show websites, gaming websites, reality show websites, major music artist and celebrity websites, record company websites, etc.

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

KickApps: New features will allow websites to also use the KickApps platform to manage and play their premium with a selection of easily customizable and programmable video player widgets.

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

KickApps: KickApps has launched as a platform that enables a wide array of highly integrated community and video features, but will evolve into a multipurpose platform that will provide webmasters with a complete range of hosted applications, deployable at their web properties in a number of ways (e.g. widgets, web services, other APIs). Integrated administration, media management, reporting and data mining services will continue to evolve and will be fully accessible in dynamic fashion. For major media websites our platform will be increasingly customizable and extensible to support almost any front-end implementation. For smaller websites our platform will continue to develop simple but effective turnkey solutions.

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

KickApps: Very little thus far, however we have many requests for new features that for the most part will be added over the next few months.

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

KickApps: Technology and budget limitations should not prevent webmasters from including state-of-the-art rich media and community functionality on their websites.

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

KickApps: Impact thousands of websites, large and small, by solving difficult technical problems with simple, hosted solutions.

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

KickApps: KickApps is a well-funded NYC-based venture backed by Spark Capital and Prism ventures. Board members include former NFL and MTV President Sara Levinson and former E! Entertainment founder/CEO and Liberty Digital CEO Jarl Mohn.

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?

KickApps: KickApps launched its first wide release product in the Fall of 2006.

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December 7, 2006 at 6:40 pm 2 comments

Interview with Rich Collins, CEO from Guruza

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Below is an interview with Rich Collins, CEO from Guruza. We hope you find the interview informative and useful. Please visit their website and check it out! http://guruza.com/.

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

Guruza: Guruza.com helps you get answers to the questions that bother you most. We connect you with experts that will quickly answer your question for a bounty. Interaction with live experts gives you more insight into your problem than hours of wading through search results could ever hope to provide.

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

Guruza: We have bounties to help you get your question answered faster than most other answers sites. We stress communication and interaction, not single responses.

TechAddress: What are some of the main features?

Guruza: Experts can search for questions to answer (http://guruza.com/searches/show/252) and then create a custom feed from their search (http://guruza.com/searches/rss/252). You can chat live with experts. You can provide a bounty for your question (http://guruza.com/question/431/reward-54.00). Experts can counter offer proposed bounties. We have a nice alert system that helps improve communication between experts and users. We keep comprehensive stats about users so you know more about who you are dealing with (http://guruza.com/users/show/2).

TechAddress: Who’s your target customer or audience?

Guruza: We get a lot of questions about auto repair and about programming.

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

Guruza: We are actually working on a new project (still stealth) that has funding. Guruza was bootstrapped and never received any investment. We are currently supporting Guruza, but additional development has ceased.

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

Guruza: We hope to continue creating services that are useful and entertaining. We will stay in the social web space with more of a focus on entertainment.

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

Guruza: Guruza is not nearly as polished as we would like. This is mostly due to a lack of funds, not ability or desire.

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

Guruza: Our goal has always been to create services that people love to use. We do it because we love it. If we were in it for the money we would have been attorneys or investment bankers 🙂

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

Guruza: I think our primary innovations to the answers space are bounties and improved communication through alerts and chat.

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

Guruza: We have no funding for Guruza. We aren’t looking for funding as we are working on another funded project.

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?

Guruza: We launched Guruza in late June, 2006. Please stay tuned for our new offering! We will announce it on Guruza as well as my blog (http://blog.richcollins.net/).

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