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Interview with Bryan Kennedy, co-founder of Likebetter

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Below is an interview with Bryan Kennedy, co-founder of Likebetter. We hope you find the interview informative and useful. Please visit their website and check it out! http://likebetter.com/.

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

Likebetter: I don’t know about you, but I take a ton of digital photos. I literally have ten thousand photos on my hard drive, just sitting there in folders. No one besides me has ever seen them, and really, I only saw them when I took the picture in the first place. This shouldn’t be.

We want to help you dust off those monster collections of photos, by acting as a “goodness filter” that only the best photos can pass through. You upload your collection to likebetter, send a link to your friends, and within minutes you have a list of your best photos – which you can then do cool stuff with, like exporting them to flickr, printing them, or posting them on your blog.

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

Likebetter: There are a ton of companies in the photo space. No one that we know of has tackled this particular problem in the way we have.

A lot of companies have adopted our lovely interface though. Which we take as a compliment, and then we make catnip voodoo dolls of their creators, and introduce them to Felix.

Likebetter.com stands out from other photo-centered sites like Flickr because it’s all about helping you find your best photos. Since finding your best photos is hard, and Flickr isn’t helping much, we’re fixing it ourselves.

TechAddress: What are some of the main features?

Likebetter:

* It’s much easier to upload tons of photos at once here than there.

* Social editing features – your friends sort and rotate your images for you.

* Photo viewing and voting are the same – whenever someone views your photos, they’re giving you feedback. Everyone participates in some small way.

* Exporting to other photo sites (soon): no one we know does/allows this. Most photo sharing sites don’t allow sharing in this way, which sort of defeats the purpose. You own your photos, so we’re going to help you do what you want with them.

* Our interface is super-simple and really, really pretty.

TechAddress: Who’s your target customer or audience?

Likebetter: Anyone with a digital camera, really. Since that list now includes my mom, it must be really, really big.

Our power users are photographers, graphic designers, web designers; anyone who works with visual information, and needs to evaluate it in some way. There’s nothing stopping you from finding your best logo designs, web site layouts, or whatever you want. We’ve kept likebetter general on purpose.

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

Likebetter: Lots of stuff. Right now we’re fleshing out the flickr/smugmug/etc integration. That’s coming soon.

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

Likebetter: Likebetter should be the place you put your pictures as soon as you plug in your camera.

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

Likebetter: No, none really (hurray!). Some people complain about a lack of so-and-so a feature, but we just add it and they’re happy.

Scaling was a hard problem to lick, and will likely continue to prove difficult in the future. It’s just one of those things you need to deal with.

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

Likebetter: Make something that people want.

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

Likebetter: Wait, is this a trick question? Are you trying to get me to change my story? Likebetter is going to revolutionize the telecommunications industry, of course.

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

Likebetter: We were funded by ycombinator.

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?

Likebetter: October 2006. Digg was very helpful.

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February 7, 2007 at 3:22 pm 1 comment

Corporate Profile – Piczo

Company: Piczo, Inc.

Company logo:

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Location: San Francisco, CA

Launch Date: Formed in 2004; formally launched in U.S. in September, 2006

In the company’s own words, what is it? Piczo has created a space that gives teens around the world the freedom and tools to express themselves and connect with friends in a safer social networking environment.

Piczo allows its users to create fully customizable personal websites that do not require any understanding of html code. Users share their life stories with friends by designing their sites with multiple pages featuring photos, graphics, guest books, comment boards, music, and more. Each site can be linked to other friends’ sites and users can interact with them and their friends, and meet new people online.

Since its launch less than two years ago, Piczo has grown to over 10 million monthly unique visitors and 2.5 billion monthly page views solely through the viral efforts of its loyal members. Rave reviews from these users claim that Piczo is unmatched in the control it offers over their sites, ease-of-use, and ‘walled-garden’ approach with no searching for users.

Outside quote about company: “We are attracted to Piczo‘s approach for a safer online environment in the social networking space. The demographic that Piczo has attracted, the younger teen audience, is quickly claiming the web as their own medium. Marketers and media companies covet this demographic and we are pleased to be part of Piczo’s continued growth,” said Paul Matteucci, general partner, U.S. Venture Partners.

Features:
* create your own website and web address
* manage your homepage and page list
* upload pictures and music videos
* create a guestbook, comment board and journal
* it’s free and easy

Screen Shots:

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Management/Directors:
Jeremy Verba, CEO
Jim Conning, Founder and Chief Technology Officer
Jeanine LeFlore, Vice President of Products
Michael J. Sherf, Vice President of Technical Operations
Paul Remer, Vice President of Business Development
Peter J. van Pruissen, Vice President of Finance
Geoff Judge, Chief Revenue Officer
Chris Seth, UK Managing Director

Relevant Links:
http://www.piczoinc.com/piczoFunding.html
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2095-2496035.html
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,20867,21024303-7582,00.html

http://www.dmwmedia.com/news/2007/01/18/teen-focused-online-social-network-piczo-raises-11-million

January 19, 2007 at 3:18 pm 10 comments

Corporate Profile – Baaima NV, creator of Joost

Company: Baaima NV, creator of Joost™ (formerly The Venice Project)

Company logo:

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Location: Luxembourg-based

Launch Date: Not officially launched

In the company’s own words, what is it? Joost™ is a new way to watch TV, free of the schedules and restrictions that come with traditional television. Combining the best of TV with the best of the internet, Joost™ gives you more control and freedom than ever before – control over what you watch, and freedom to watch it whenever you like. We’re providing a platform for the best television content on the planet – a platform that will bring you the biggest and best shows from the TV studios, as well as the specialist programs created by professionals and enthusiasts. It’s all overlaid with a raft of nifty features that help you find the shows you love, watch and chat with friends, and even create your own TV channels.

Outside quote about company: Greg Sandoval of CNET News says, “Joost‘s nifty technology may be enough to sway the entertainment industry to place a bet on proven winners in Friis and Zennstrom.

A menu allows users to switch channels with a click of a link. Users will also have TiVo-like control of the content and access to any show offered regardless of time of day. They can also can skip ahead or backward within a show.

The Luxembourg-based company will support itself with advertising, specifically Internet ads that behave just like TV commercials.”

Features:
* first global TV distribution platform
* interactive, community-driven environment
* viewable anytime, anywhere with a broadband Internet connection
* broadcast-quality content
* free
* secure

Screen Shots:

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Management/Directors:

Fredrik de Wahl, CEO
Janus Friis, Co-founder
Niklas Zennström, Co-founder
Dirk-Willem van Gulik, CTO

Relevant Links:
http://joost.com/press/2007/01/the-venice-project-code-named-no-more.html
http://blogs.business2.com/business2blog/2007/01/venice_project_.html
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1895,2085227,00.asp
http://www.itwire.com.au/content/view/8689/1103/

January 18, 2007 at 1:57 pm 4 comments

Interview with Brandon Watson, CEO and Founder of IMSafer

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Below is an interview with Brandon Watson, CEO and Founder of IMSafer. We hope you find the interview informative and useful. Please visit their website and check it out! http://www.imsafer.com/


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

IMSafer:
IMSafer helps parents protect kids and teens from predators that approach online while still giving them the privacy they crave.

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

IMSafer: The products for protecting children online are overwhelming for parents, hard to use, and require too much work on the part of the parents. IMSafer is “simple,” “easy to use” and “effective.” The basis of what we do is built on the perception of trust and communication. We don’t allow parents to spy on every conversation their child has online, if our language analysis identifies a threat, we let parents see that threat and enough of the conversation to give them proper context.

TechAddress: What are some of the main features?

IMSafer: Our language analysis notes text that may be inappropriate or may be indicative of predatory behavior and gives parents a notification with a ‘snapshot of the conversation’ along with a ‘rating’ of that screen name that is generated by other parents. They can then vote themselves on that person to help other parents make informed decisions. Users of our IMSafer Social Networking Service can also be notified when their children receive links to social networking sites.

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TechAddress: Who’s your target customer or audience?

IMSafer: Parents of kids and teens that go online who respect their children’s privacy as well as their duty to protect their kids should check out IMSafer and give it a try.

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

IMSafer: We are constantly improving our language analysis engine. We think of it like an anti-virus database, people are always trying to figure out new ways to do harm, and we’re trying to stay a few steps ahead of them.

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

IMSafer: We’re going to stay a few steps ahead of the predators. For example if kids start moving away from social networks and into something new like mobile group chat, that’s where we’ll be.

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

IMSafer: Criticism comes for the most part from people that don’t understand how our service works. A parent’s first job is to protect their child. We give the parents a tool to help them do that while giving the child as much freedom and privacy as we can to still be effective. Once kids see that we aren’t spying and that their parents only get alerts on clearly bad language, they are generally in support of the program.

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

IMSafer: Each of us had at least one conversation with a guidance counselor who said, “If only you could use your powers for good.” This is our chance.

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

IMSafer: We started with a simple plan: to rethink the problem of protecting kids online. “Simple,” “easy to use” and “effective” are our guiding principles. The products for protecting children online are overwhelming for parents, hard to use, and require too much work on the part of the parents. IMSafer is simple, easy to use and effective.

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

IMSafer: IMSafer does not disclose current 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?

IMSafer: We launched IMSafer on October 3rd, 2006 and added IMSafer Social Networking Service on October 18th, 2006. Today, 1/17, we announced support for Microsoft Vista and the Mac. We’ve tied in to Vista’s Parental Control API’s to build on the great work that Microsoft has done and created a Wizard to make it as easy as possible for parents to protect their kids online. Our complete announcement is up at http://www.imsafer.com/splash/press

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January 17, 2007 at 10:56 am Leave a comment

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 – XenSource

Company: XenSource, Inc.

Company logo:

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Location: Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA

Launch Date: 
  Formed in 2004

In the company’s own words, what is it?  XenSource plays the dual role of leading the open source Xen™ community, while simultaneously selling value-added enterprise solutions based on Xen technology. Founded and run by the original Xen development team, XenSource is committed to nurturing and growing the Xen community, and dedicates a significant amount of its own engineering resources to developing open source technology to maintain the Xen hypervisor’s position as the world’s fastest and most secure hypervisor.

In addition to its open source efforts, XenSource develops, markets, and sells value-added solutions and services based on the Xen hypervisor, including enterprise grade virtualization infrastructure solutions. These solutions allow enterprises to realize the TCO savings that result from increased server utilization, server consolidation, and reduced complexity in the data center.

XenSource is backed by leading venture capital firms, including Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Sevin Rosen Funds, Accel Partners, and New Enterprise Associates. XenSource is based in Palo Alto, California.

Outside quote about company:  “We were looking for a virtualization solution that offered high performance and was easy to use,” said Chris Rogers, president of ServerCave, Inc., an Internet hosting and consulting firm based in Herndon, Virginia. “With XenEnterprise, we were quickly up and running on our IBM server. We have found it to be easy to manage and dependable.”

Features: 
Xen Enterprise™-Multi-OS virtualization for Enterprise IT
* Packaged & Supported Xen™ Virtualization
* Easy Installation and Deployment
* Blazing Fast Performance for Windows and Linux Guests
* Multi-Server Management
* Powerful Administrator Console
* Broad Hardware Support
* Affordable Annual and Perpetual Licensing Available
* Fully Supported

Xen Server™-Windows virtualization for Windows IT Professionals
* Packaged Xen™ Virtualization
* Easy Installation and Deployment
* Blazing Fast Performance for Windows Guests
* Multi-Server Management
* Powerful Administrator Console
* Low Cost Annual Licensing
* Seamless Upgrade Path
* Fully Supported

Xen Express™-Free Starter Package for Developers and IT Enthusiasts
* Packaged Xen™ Virtualization
* Blazing Fast Performance for Windows and Linux Guests
* Single Server Management
* Powerful Administrator Console
* Seamless Upgrade Path to XenServer™ and XenEnterprise™
* Free

Screen Shots: 

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Management/Directors: 
Peter Levine, President & CEO
Ian Pratt, Xen™ Project Lead, Founder and Office of the President
Simon Crosby, CTO and Founder
Frank Artale, VP of Business Development
John Bara, VP of Marketing
Earl Charles, CFO
John Glendenning, VP Worldwide Sales
Gordon Mangione, Senior VP Product Operations

Relevant Links: 
http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2006/jul06/07-17MSXenSourcePR.mspx
http://news.com.com/XenSource+gets+new+CEO,+direction/2100-7344_3-6039649.html
http://www.xensource.com/news/pr011007.html
http://www.informationweek.com/windows/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=191901720&subSection=Open+Source

January 16, 2007 at 4:45 pm Leave a comment

Interview with tag2find

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Below is an interview with tag2find. We hope you find the interview informative and useful. Please visit their website and check it out!  http://www.tag2find.com/

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

tag2find:  The idea started at the University of Applied Sciences in Hagenberg, Austria (in the heart of Europe). After so many times having trouble finding our files on the desktop we came up with the idea to develop a tool based on tagging. We do believe in a future where intuitive information retrieval will no longer be a difficult task, rather than something people will enjoy.

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

tag2find:  We combine several sophisticated technologies in a very tiny and easy to use application that is highly flexible and will grow along with the community development. Our idea is to embrace existing technologies and existing desktop search engines and integrate them and provide additional features. Therefore, tag2find is positioned between the information and the desktop search.

TechAddress:  What are some of the main features?

tag2find:  tag2find empowers the user to find his files on the desktop by simply using tags. Based on this technology, the file directory hierarchy is no longer relevant on an operating system because it does not matter where your files are stored. Speed and ease of use are the main concerns of the software. No overwhelming user interface distracts the user from his task, but simple and ready-to-use integration in the existing desktop software provides fast access to all tasks at hand. While entering tags, the software supports the user in deciding the appropriate tags for given files by providing tag suggestions.

tag2find helps migration from current, traditionally hierarchical file structures to the new, interlinked tag structure by providing tools for setting up initial tags based on existing documents and structures within the system. A fully tagged environment provides the huge advantage of searching and finding information based on semantic relations – those relations are easily defined by the users. A stored file can be found by any combination of its attached tags, releasing the user from the burden of having to remember strict and unique paths to the files. At the moment, even with strict guidelines for placing files within folders, situations arrive every minute where the user has to decide about the correct placement of a file. With tags, he can simply attach both, providing him and his colleagues the possibility of finding a file both ways.

TechAddress:  Who’s your target customer or audience?

tag2find:  Everyone who is seeking for a convenient way to organize their files or information in a very flexible way.

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

tag2find:  We are working on the next hot upcoming features which will get the user to a next step for tagging (see http://www.tag2find.com/upcomingfeatures.html) on the desktop. Based on the current feedback, the look & feel of tag2find will change as well as some parts will be re-implemented. Cooperative tagging is another topic we are working on.

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

tag2find:  We will incorporate the continuous community feedback and this approach proves to be just the right thing to do. We will grow as more and more users are coming across our tool and appreciating the powerful features and the convenience for their daily use.

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

tag2find:  As a start-up we are still facing some bugs we have to fix. Fortunately, the test users are supporting us with a lot of feedback and feature requests. Of course, we are just beginning and there is still a way to go to make all our visions come true.

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

tag2find:  We are guided by the vision to eliminate inflexible hierarchical folder structures on the PC and create a new experience and a new level of productivity when cooperating with others, based on simple, yet efficient means, like tagging.

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

tag2find:  Combining tagging with sophisticated features into a useful application to create something that provides a great value to customers.

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

tag2find:  We just released a very early technical preview, which is just a glimpse on what is about to come. At the moment we are setting up some financing for 2007.

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?

tag2find:  Our first, very early technical preview version was published on December 23rd, 2006. This version is more or less a working demo, yet incomplete regarding features and performance. We are now collecting feedback and improving tag2find.

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January 15, 2007 at 3:39 pm 1 comment

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