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edgeio assets sold to Looksmart and Vast.com

» 02 February 2008 » In announcement, edgeio, News » 7 Comments

edgeio’s assets were sold in December 2007, partly to Looksmart (the live service; the patents; the code; the trademarks) and partly to Vast.com (the real-estate related services).

Please direct all inquiries to one of those companies.

This blog will remain in existence as a historical record of edgeio.

edgeio was an audacious effort to build a fully distributed classified advertising platform for the Internet. It allowed any web site to post classifieds whilst having them syndicated, through edgeio, to any other web site. Aggregation and Distribution are going to be key to may new applications which seek to provide the glue between publishers and readers. edgeio can serve as a model for developers and product designers who seek to build on its legacy.

For those interested in learning more I am happy to answer queries. You can find me at keith at teare dot com.

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Edgeio launches the Internet’s first distributed paid content platform.

» 10 August 2007 » In announcement, edgeio » 7 Comments

Press release for download

Product Description given to Gnomedex Attendees

News from the Web on this:

Digg – here
Techmeme – here and here
ReadWrite web – here
TechCrunch – here
Venturebeat – here
Gnomedex – here
Jeff Jarvis – here
Dan Farber – ZDNet – here
Rob Hof at BusinessWeek – here
Nick Carr – here
Sexy Widget – here
Bub.blicio.us – here
Mashable – here
Forecast Blog – here
Inflection Point – here

Press release: Gnomedex in Seattle. 12 noon Pacific Time. 10 August 2007.

Transactional Classifieds to allow Video, Audio, Files and Text to be delivered, for sale, on any web site. New revenue streams for publishers.

edgeio Corporation, based in Palo Alto, California, today announced the launch, in preview, of the world’s first distributed “paid content” platform. The platform allows a content creator – say an analyst, a researcher, a band, a filmmaker, a magazine or newspaper publisher or a web publisher – to distribute their valuable content, and have it sold, onto any web site that wishes to publish it.

Keith Teare, edgeio’s founder and CEO described it:

“We are making it possible for valuable content to be made available for sale on any web site. The web site does not need an ecommerce system, or a billing system – edgeio takes care of both. We have two customers for whom we work to make this possible. First a content creator who has content that they would like to sell and have distributed. The content creator comes to edgeio and tells us about their content and we give them the means of publishing it. Second a publisher, whose main goal is to add revenue to their web site. The publisher comes to edgeio and can choose to become a point of sale for any paid content that they wish to be associated with. Any web site in the world can now become a point of sale for the things they are passionate about.”

The paid content platform brings into existence a new “digital only“ form of classified ad, what we call a “transactional classified” The initial goal of transactional classifieds will be to facilitate the distribution and of digital content – video, audio, text, files for download, tickets, resumes, virtual gifts and other valuable content. Later edgeio intends to release additional forms of transactional classified using its distributed paid content platform.

The initial uses of the system are expected to be in three primary categories:

  • Publishers who have free, advertising supported, web sites who would like to publish paid articles alongside their normally free ones. This would likely appeal to former analysts with blogs and highly targeted readerships who specialize in areas – like technology – where there is a demand for their research.
  • Publishers who have subscription only web sites where their content is locked up and only available to subscribers. These publishers can take advantage of the edgeio system by opening up their content on a per-item basis to a far larger readership than their subscriber base constitutes.
  • Publishers of paid digital content whose content is mainly available through one or more centralized stores online. Digital Music downloads, Research reports, Videos, Tickets are all offered in this form. These publishers will be able to turn the enthusiasts for their products into points of sale. By way of example, fans of rock bands with blogs will be able to become places to buy the music they love to listen to.

Content creators can upload their content at http://www.edgeio.com/view/paidcontent one at a time or can submit it in bulk using edgeio’s edgedirect service.

Edgeio’s business model for transactional classifieds will enable a three-way revenue share. Firstly edgeio will receive a share of all transactions. The content creator takes a share. The content creator can choose to enable affiliates to become additional sales points for the content and can define how its share is split with an affiliate. In that case their content always appears with a “Resell this Item” link, allowing affiliates to sign up as additional points of sale.

The edgeio paid content platform will be launched today at the Gnomedex conference in Seattle, Washington. Chris Pirillo, the publisher of Lockergnome and former TechTV presenter, will be the first to make available his content for sale and for distribution. Attendees at the conference will be given a coupon code to allow them to purchase his “ebooks” for free, whilst the rest of the world will need to pay the full price. The ebooks can be found at http://lockergnome.edgeio.net. Web sites will be able to opt in to resell the ebooks and take a revenue share from successful sales.

Edgeio has filed patents covering the functionality of and methods used in its distributed paid content platform.

For more information contact Keith Teare at keith@edgeio.com or by cell on +1-650-704-2674.

Edgeio is a California. It is headquartered in Palo Alto, California. Edgeio is building the Internet’s first Classified Advertising Network, allowing classified advertisers to place ads inside highly targeted publishers sites. Its primary product for advertisers is edgedirect. Its primary products for publishers are “Classified Boards” and “Transactional Classifieds”. You can find out more about these products and services at http://www.edgeio.com

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edgeio and HarvestINFO agree to partnership

» 20 June 2007 » In announcement, edgeio, News, partnership » 2 Comments

HarvestINFO announced today that it has entered into an agreement with edgeio to distribute newspaper classified ads through the edgeio network. Here is the press release.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 Media Contact:
Ron Hutson, Vice President of Sales
HarvestINFO, Inc.
513.701.3000 ext. 276


ron.hutson@harvestinfo.com

edgeio and HarvestINFO partner to enable
wide distribution of newspaper classifieds.

edgeio and HarvestINFO provide wide ranging
distribution of classifieds and merchandise to
shoppers – driving traffic to local newspaper sites.

LOVELAND, OH, June 20, 2007
HarvestINFO and edgeio announced today that the
companies have partnered to enable broad
distribution of classifieds and merchandise
advertising across the edgeio network to enable
shoppers to find the products and services they
desire and drive traffic to local newspaper web
sites. The distribution arrangement enables
newspapers to gain greater visibility for their
advertisers and additional traffic to the online
advertising.

Joe Rueth, CEO at HarvestINFO, states that
"HarvestINFO is proud to announce our partnership
with edgeio. We look forward to working with edgeio
to further promote our newspaper customers ability
to add value for their advertisers and drive
additional traffic to the local website."

Keith Teare, CEO at edgeio said, “Classified
listings belong where people read their content.
Today’s Internet has millions of sites where people
show up and read. By partnering with HarvestINFO,
together we can enable newspaper originated listings
to show up alongside relevant Internet content and
drive traffic to the newspaper’s web sites. We are
excited to be working with HarvestINFO”.

About HarvestINFO, Inc.
HarvestINFO, Inc. provides leading edge local
search, online shopping, and online advertising
technology solutions for hundreds of media clients,
representing 50 publishing groups, worldwide. Since
1996, HarvestINFO has delivered solutions that
enable media clients to strengthen their commitment
of service to local advertisers and consumers, and
compete in their local marketplace. For more
information on what HarvestINFO can do for your
local franchise, please visit

www.harvestinfo.com

About edgeio

edgeio is a leader in online listings platforms. The
company’s vision is to provide an open platform that
enables listings providers, advertisers and other
content providers to interact with users across all
platforms. Products include edgedirect, edgeio.com
(and its Chinese sister site mulu100.com) and edgeio
marketplaces plus a rich set of APIs. edgeio is
based in Palo Alto, Calif. and was founded in 2005
by Keith Teare, the company’s chairman of the board
and chief executive officer, and Michael Arrington,
a member of edgeio’s board of directors. For more
information see
www.edgeio.com/
.
 

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Gumiyo builds cell phone classifieds experience on edgeio Platform

» 19 June 2007 » In announcement, edgeio, News, partnership, Press Release » 2 Comments

Gumiyo (http://www.gumiyo.com) and edgeio announced today that the edgeio classified listings service is now available to cellular customers using a custom user interface built by Gumiyo and leveraging edgeio’s API’s.

Below is the full press release.
MobileCrunch Coverage here

edgeio Classifieds Listings Extended to Cell Phones Using the Gumiyo Platform

Download this press release as an Adobe PDF document.

Classifieds on-the-go merges the two fastest growing technology segments–online classifieds and mobile phones

Woodland Hills, CA (PRWEB) June 19, 2007 — Gumiyo and edgeio announced today their cooperation to bring online classifieds into the mobile space. Commencing with edgeio's extensive real estate section, Gumiyo will deliver listings to interested people on the go, making those listing accessible to mobile, online buyers. In seconds, buyers can review listings on their phones–photos and all–and connect directly with the sellers.



True to the company's tagline "Connecting Buyers and Sellers," Gumiyo gives edgeio sellers added methods, including text-messaging and web-activated telephony, that enable buyers to reach them directly from a mobile listing. Consequently, targeted listings are not only available to buyers anytime and anywhere, but sellers are available to those buyers anytime and anywhere. The result is the true goal of a classified listing–a connection between a buyer and a seller as quickly and as efficiently as possible.




edgeio is committed to innovation in the world of online classifieds, and has enabled a rich set of open APIs that we can use. This is a big reason why we've been syndicating Gumiyo listings to them since day one. Now, edgeio sellers can enter the mobile space with little to no effort.

"edgeio has built a significant classified listings platform. We have APIs for inbound and outbound traffic. Gumiyo is leveraging our APIs to deliver a compelling experience to sellers and buyers, across the mobile platform." Said edgeio CEO Keith Teare. "In the future it should be possible for Gumiyo to build mobile applications across all listings verticals, using MMS, SMS, WAP, Widgets and many other user interfaces."



"Our partnership with edgeio is very complementary and it makes perfect sense," says Shuki Lehavi, CEO and co-founder of Gumiyo. "edgeio is committed to innovation in the world of online classifieds, and has enabled a rich set of open APIs that we can use. This is a big reason why we've been syndicating Gumiyo listings to them since day one. Now, edgeio sellers can enter the mobile space with little to no effort."



About Edgeio

edgeio is a leader in online listings platforms. The company's vision is to provide an open platform that enables listings providers, advertisers and other content providers to interact with users across all platforms. Products include edgedirect, edgeio.com (and its Chinese sister site mulu100.com) and edgeio marketplaces plus a rich set of APIs. edgeio is based in Palo Alto, Calif. and was founded in 2005 by Keith Teare, the company's chairman of the board and chief executive officer, and Michael Arrington, a member of edgeio's board of directors. For more information see http://www.edgeio.com/



About Gumiyo

Gumiyo connects buyers and sellers by extending the traditional online marketplace to mobile phones. Always on and always connected, Gumiyo provides a marketplace that links buyers and sellers in real-time who connect, communicate, and complete the deal.



Founded by Shuki Lehavi and Rich Abronson in Woodland Hills, CA, Gumiyo is committed to revolutionizing the mobile consumer-to-consumer commerce experience. For more information please visit http://www.gumiyo.com/


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Release here
Gumiyo Blog Post here

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Vacapedia uses edgeio platform to distribute listings.

» 15 May 2007 » In announcement, edgeio, partnership, Press Release » 2 Comments

Ashwin Kedia is the founder and CEO of Vacapedia (and a great guy to boot!). Today he announced a partnership that we put together over the past few months. The press release is here:


Vacapedia.com and Edgeio Team up to Offer Vacation Rentals Listings to Users of Edgeio.com and Revenue Sharing Opportunities to Partner Web Sites

Vacapedia.com, a leading aggregator of vacation rentals online and Edgeio, the company that brings together, searches and distributes the world's listings, have combined forces to offer vacation rentals on the edgeio.com web site and to owners of Classified Boards hosted on the edgeio marketplaces platform.

(PRWEB) May 15, 2007 — Vacapedia.com, a leading aggregator of vacation rentals online and Edgeio, the company that brings together, searches and distributes the world's listings, have combined forces to offer vacation rentals on the edgeio.com web site and to owners of Classified Boards hosted on the edgeio marketplaces platform.



Keith Teare, ceo/co-founder of edgeio said: "A vacation rental is the preferred accommodation for me and my family during our travels. We share that in common with many travelers. Renting enables travelers to gain insight into the local culture, enjoy good locations and views at affordable rates, all under ones own control. We are excited to be part of this growing trend in the travel industry. The alliance with Vacapedia.com enables us to offer close to 65,000 vacation rentals in over 45 countries on our web site and to owners of travel-focused classified boards hosted on the edgeio marketplaces platform."




edgeio is a leader in online listings with content and online traffic from over 160 countries. Vacapedia.com hosts thousands of vacation homes globally and our inventory is growing everyday. This partnership greatly extends our reach to travelers looking for a vacation rental for their next vacation.

Edgeio will soon offer classified board owners the ability to backfill their board with edgeio data. Using data from Vacapedia, web site owners will be able to create new travel focused classified boards. Travel blogs and other website owners will be able to add a vacation rentals section to their site.



Vacapedia.com ceo/co-founder, Ashwin Kedia, said "edgeio is a leader in online listings with content and online traffic from over 160 countries. Vacapedia.com hosts thousands of vacation homes globally and our inventory is growing everyday. This partnership greatly extends our reach to travelers looking for a vacation rental for their next vacation."



About edgeio

edgeio is a leader in online listings. The company's vision is to bring together, search and distribute the world's listings. Products include edgedirect, edgeio.com (and its Chinese sister site mulu100.com) and edgeio marketplaces. edgeio is based in Palo Alto, Calif. and was founded in 2005 by Keith Teare, the company's chairman of the board and chief executive officer, and Michael Arrington, a member of edgeio's board of directors. For more information see http://www.edgeio.com/



About Vacapedia

Vacapedia is the leading aggregator of vacation rentals online. There are close to 65,000 vacation rentals on Vacapedia.com. The company offers online booking of vacation rentals, user feedback and destination information. Vacapedia also syndicates it content to various travel related website. For additional information on Vacapedia, Inc., visit www.vacapedia.com.



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TechCrunch chooses edgeio to power CrunchBoard

» 09 March 2007 » In announcement, edgeio, marketplaces » No Comments

Classified boardsMy edgeio co-founder Mike Arrington has chosen the edgeio classified boards product to power his Crunchboard listings marketplace.

Crunchboard is focused on job listings and charged $200 per month for a listing. previously it was a home grown solution that was expensive to build and to run. Now Mike gets the service for free and we handle running it. His cost is a 20% share of revenue.

The phenomenon of sites launching listings boards is interesting. It is kinda strange that content owners in the print world have made significant revenues from listings ($17bn in 2006) yet online listings are typically separated from content in vertically focussed listings silos like Monster, Cars.com or CareerBuilder. edgeio’s bet is that it makes sense for listings to be a source of revenue for a publisher alongside subscriptions (where appropriate) and ads. Indeed, if you look at crunchboard’s listings based revenue and compare it to its AdSense revenue, there is reason to believe that listings can be a bigger than AdSense opportunity for many publishers.

Mike’s post is here

Of course Mike and I may be biased but by addressing the need for a self-service classifieds board platform, enabling any publisher to make revenue from listings, we have made the world a better place :-) .

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AdStar and edgeio Partner to Broaden Classified Advertising Opportunities for Advertisers and Newspapers

» 21 February 2007 » In announcement, edgeio, marketplaces, News, Press Release » No Comments

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Adstar announced today that they are partnering with edgeio to extend our marketplaces platform to address more than 100 of the largest newspapers in the US.

The partnership will go live during Q2 2007.

The impact of the deal will be that anybody listing in an edgeio classified board anywhere on the Internet will be able additionally list on a print newspaper in their area.

Adstar will provide all of the billing and pricing management for the listings.

We hope this is the start of a significant partnership with the team at Adstar.

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TechCrunch France launches CrunchBoard France

» 20 February 2007 » In announcement, edgeio, marketplaces » 2 Comments

Our friends at TechCrunch France have built a job board using the edgeio marketplaces platform. The board went live a few moments ago and already has several listings. Listers will pay 150 Euros per 30 day listing.

Check it out here.

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edgeio launches Classified Boards

» 20 February 2007 » In announcement, edgeio, marketplaces, Press Release » 2 Comments

We released today:

To try it out click here:

Scobleshow coverage

Dan Farber has covered it here.

Techmeme conversation here

Press Release

edgeio launches Classified Boards, the first application of its new marketplaces platform and a major partnership with AdStar.
Palo Alto, CA February 20, 2007

edgeio, the company that brings together, searches and distributes the world’s listings, today launched edgeio Classified Boards (http://marketplaces.edgeio.com) a service enabling bloggers and website owners to add their own classified section to their site.

With edgeio Classified Boards, owners can create any type of classified listing board from jobs to autos to housing, anything they can think of. Through user generated listings, site owners can increase their value and maximize their revenue. edgeio provides payment processing, affiliate management, hosting, customization tools and tools for enabling networks of classified boards to emerge.

Keith Teare, CEO and co-founder of edgeio said:

“The edgeio marketplaces platform, and its first application – Classified Boards, enables any web site to create a free classifieds board, and to take listings into it – either in return for a fee or for free. This should make it possible for web sites to do what newspapers and magazines have done for hundreds of years – make revenue from classified listings alongside their revenue for advertising.”

An edgeio classified board is free to set up for any web site owner. The board can accept free listings or fee based listings. In the case of fee based listings the owner sets the price, and also defines a revenue share percentage for affiliates. edgeio takes 20% of any revenues produced by the fee based boards.

As well as announcing the launch of the marketplaces platform and classified listings boards, edgeio also announced a partnership with AdStar (NASDAQ: ADST). AdStar’s transaction infrastructure powers online classified ad sales for more than 100 of the largest newspapers in the United States, and a growing number of other online and print media companies. edgeio’s partnership with AdStar enables these newspapers as well as newspapers who do not currently work with AdStar to have the option to become part of the edgeio Classified Boards network. A person wishing to list on a blog in say San Francisco can also decide whether to list in local participating newspapers. This partnership will ultimately make newspapers and web sites part of a common classifieds ecosystem. This service is expected to be available to newspapers early in the second quarter of 2007.

“Our partnership demonstrates one more way in which we can implement our Web-based ad transaction technology to further extend advertising opportunities for advertisers around the world, while also providing newspaper publishers with a new source of classified ad revenue. Advertisers still recognize the power of advertising in their local newspapers, and newspapers continue to search for ways to further extend their online reach and generate online revenues. Together, edgeio and AdStar can help both advertisers and newspapers meet their objectives,”

says Leslie Bernhard, president and chief executive officer of AdStar, Inc.

About edgeio
edgeio is a leader in online listings. The company’s vision is to bring together, search and distribute the world’s listings. Products include edge-direct, edgeio.com (and its Chinese sister site mulu100.com) and edgeio marketplaces. edgeio is based in Palo Alto, Calif. and was founded in 2005 by Keith Teare, the company’s chairman of the board and chief executive officer, and Michael Arrington, a member of edgeio’s board of directors. For more information see http://www.edgeio.com/

About AdStar, Inc.
AdStar, Inc. (Nasdaq: ADST – News) is the leading provider of e-commerce transaction software and services for the advertising and publishing industries. AdStar’s proprietary suite of e-commerce services includes remote ad entry software and web-based ad transaction services, as well as payment processing and content processing solutions that are provided through its Edgil Associates subsidiary, the industry’s largest supplier of automated payment processing services. AdStar’s ad transaction infrastructure powers classified ad sales for more than 100 of the largest newspapers in the United States, and a growing number of other online and print media companies. EdgCapture, Edgil’s automated payment process solution, is currently employed by call centers at more than 100 of the nation’s leading newspaper and magazines. AdStar is headquartered in Marina del Rey, Calif., and its Edgil office is located in Billerica, Mass. For additional information on AdStar, Inc., visit www.adstar.com.

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Partnership Announcement

» 30 January 2007 » In announcement, edgeio, listing, Press Release » No Comments

The Real Time Matrix Corp. and edgeio Announce a Strategic Partnership To Bring eCommerce to RSS

New York, NY ­January 30, 2007 ­ The Real Time Matrix Corp., an innovator in real-time matching and re-broadcasting technology, and edgeio,
a leader in online listings, announce a partnership to bring eCommerce to RSS.

At the SIIA conference in New York, The Real Time Matrix Corp. unveiled “Virtual Personal Commerce,” a unique service that enables anyone to describe what they want and have matching item listings sent to them automatically as they appear on the Internet.

The service combines The Real Time Matrix’s iJ.am web router with edgeio’s edgedirect platform to match and deliver listings from over 1000 Web commerce sites, including Amazon, eBay, cafepress and more.

“It’s like having a personal buyer sitting on the Web,” says Jeff Whitehead, CEO, The Real Time Matrix Corp. “Virtual Personal Commerce is radical since I simply describe what I want once, and relevant listings find me as they appear on the net. And they find me wherever I want; cell phone, browser, RSS reader, or instant messenger.”

“By partnering with Real Time Matrix, edgeio can extend the reach of any listing to an always-on, consumer channel,” says Keith Tiere, CEO, edgeio. “Together, we close the gap between seller and buyer by getting relevant listings to anyone the instant they hit the Web.”

The service, scheduled for Q1 release, offers listings through the iJ.am website as well as web widgets placed on any web page. The iJ.am website enables anyone to create personally relevant channels of live web content from the millions of articles published daily to the Internet. It is available at http://iJ.am.

About The Real Time Matrix Corporation

The Real Time Matrix Corporation is a privately-held start-up, co-founded and funded by Edge Venture Capital and based in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Real Time Matrix founders have 50 years combined software expertise focused on media distribution, analytics, and messaging. For more information please visit the company’s web site and http://www.realtimematrix.com.

About edgeio corporation:

edgeio is a leader in online listings. Its vision is to bring together, organize and distribute the world’s marketplaces. Products include edgedirect, edgeio.com and mulu100.com. edgeio is based in Menlo Park, California and was founded in 2005 by Keith Teare, its Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, and Michael Arrington, a member of its board of directors. For more information see http://www.edgeio.com.

Real Time Matrix Release here

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