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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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edgeio">We’re relevant! Search engine launched at edgeio

» 04 December 2006 » In announcement, edgeio, listing, techmeme ad, update » 2 Comments

Hot on the heels of our acquisition of Adaptive Real Estate Services we can today announce the initial roll out of edgeio’s relevance based search engine. This is the first step in our efforts to make edgeio.com the best place to find “stuff” anywhere in the world.

By way of background, edgeio launched in March with zero listings. We took in about 100 new listings per day at that time. Today we take in about 700,000 new listings per day. The search engine we began with (free text matching and then results in reverse chronological order) simply was not good enough to function with this number of listings.

We now have a dedicated search team and this is their first push. It is not yet perfect but it is a vast improvement on what was there before.

In this upgrade we are acknowledging the way partners and users are using edgeio and trying to improve their experience. Many listings based sites are uploading their listings to us and we are providing search traffic back to them. We are being used as a listings search service by companies with listings and by users looking for listings. A “search engine for stuff” if you will.

Here are a few searches to try:

Used iPod
Sony Vaio
Baby Crib

These are all global searches (edgeio has data from about 15000 cities worldwide). You can use the geography widget (top right of the results screen) to choose a city. Once you have done that then the slider control can be used to fine tune the results (zip, city, state, country, continent, world). Of course, you can also sort by price or by date listed.

Arun Jagota; Josh Myer and Dale Johnson are the team – mostly quite new at edgeio – who are working on search, and have moved us from a reverse chronological display of results into a relevance ranked display. Of course they have had a lot of help from others, most notably our technical advisors. And they have a lot of work still to do to make the results the best there is.

Going forward, as edgeio strives to bring together, organize and distribute the world’s marketplaces, edgeio.com will be the place that our organizing efforts are most obvious. It will be the place to find “stuff”.

From here on relevance will be our default sorting method. Of course we will enable users to modify the sort order (by time, by price, and in the future by other criteria). Our outbound APIs will eventually reflect these options also.

There is a whole lot more to come from us, and this is a baby step in many ways, but a significant directional move. Let us know what you think.In future posts we will talk about the bring together and distribute parts of our vision – these are realized through our edgedirect product.

But for now lets meet the team working on search:

Arun Jagota

Arun Jagota I am a search engineer at edgeio. I am working on the design and evaluation of algorithms for improving relevance in particular and search in general at edgeio.

One of the key challenges is the relevance problem itself. A tough nut to crack. The challenge is to find methods that are both simple and efficient, yet effective in returning relevant results. Another challenge (specific to edgeio) is to fetch relevant results from a variety of sources in real-time, recompute their relevance internally in real-time, and merge them into a single set of results that the user sees. A third issue, also specific to edgeio, is that our documents (unlike general web pages) are listings in verticals with varying degrees of structure. So there are special issues involving relevance and search for finding “stuff” rather than web pages.

What keeps me motivated is that “relevance and search” supply me with a constant source of challenging (but not impossible) problems to solve, and algorithms from computer science, statistics, and information retrieval present me with solution methods to consider and evaluate. Another thing that keeps me going is constant incremental progress and quick feedback. You have an idea, try it out, sometimes it improves relevance, and you notice it quickly.

Before working at edgeio, I worked at another start-up (Xoom corporation) as a data analyst and machine learner. There I designed improved algorithms for predictive modeling in an e-commerce setting and also some for improved fuzzy matching of names and addresses of people. Prior to that I taught graduate courses as an adjunct faculty member in computer engineering at Santa Clara University, including one on “Information Retrieval And Search Algorithms”.

Josh Myer

Josh MyerHi, I’m Josh. I’m the Young Guy at the office, but I make up for it with an intense background. Before going to college, I spent a few years working as a reverse engineer and general puzzle-solver, in fields ranging from accounting to instant messaging. I just wrapped up two degrees from the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill), one in Linguistics and one in Mathematics. I focused on the typically-impractical formal aspects of both, but it’s actually come in handy when working on search problems.

I spend a lot of time in the plumbing of edgeio, but have been working more on search lately. The user-visible bits that I’ve done so far are the real-time search results from external providers. I’m currently working on several things to make search better, faster, and more user-friendly.

Working here has been great: there’s always a new problem to solve and the freedom to solve it the way you want to. All told, I get to use my entire background at work, ranging from unix arcana to the acquisition of language in children. It’s all the fun parts of college (laid-back, lots of new knowledge) with the fun parts of a job (making useful things, getting paid).

Dale Johnson

Dale Johnson

I am variously “search engineer”, “sphinx developer”, “data platform engineer”, “senior database engineer”, roughly in that order.

I have done 15 years of database work, on relational database, data warehousing and search. I have done work on PostgreSQL internals, and have studied MySQL internals. Most recently I worked at Tellme where I designed and developed a 1.5TB data repository to drive data warehouse reporting functions for the call details of each of over 1 billion Tellme-answered phone calls. This involved a redundant and reliable cluster of over 50 mysql servers using inexpensive off-the-shelf hardware. This used a combination of mysql and record-oriented raw data files.

I am currently coding extensions in C++ to our search engine, Dale's Whiteboarddoing things like parsing out Chinese sentences into searchable blocks to support http://mulu100.com. Also I recently have implemented some statistical approaches to our full text search, gathering a corpus profile and applying that in real time to search terms to improve the selectivity of results.

The key challenge I think is be able to flexible enough to implement a solution as we discover the most natural way for a user to navigate through millions of items. To provide a back-end that is able to support a dynamic state-of-the art interactive user experience that people now expect; and to be able to provide these results in real time. Many requests need to distinguish between tens of thousands of documents which have one or more of the search terms present, and determine the top 10 / 100 / 1000 of those items in under a quarter of a second. Under these operational constraints, the traditional relation database approach completely falls down; quite the fun engineering challenge.

What keeps me motivated is the knowledge that the web is still 95% noise and 5% signal. Search is the thing that has the potential to cut through the noise, so we’re really fighting the good fight, of taking listings from potentially obscure but highly useful sites, and making them available to the people it will really matter to, and doing it in a fair and egalitarian way.

NB. Our email addresses are first name at edgeio dotcom

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Welcome to Techmeme Readers

» 26 November 2006 » In edgeio, listing, techmeme ad » No Comments

edgeio is advertising on Techmeme for a month from November 27th. So, if you are a Techmeme reader and new to edgeio thanks for coming to check us out. Click here to read this initial post in full, or here to subscribe to our RSS feed.

edgeio is a new kind of search engine. Instead of indexing web pages we index actual items or listings from web sites that are in one of the many listings based businesses. These may be job sites, real estate sites, sites for buying and selling cars, classified listings sites, sites like eBay and Amazon which sell general merchandise, and even blogs where the owner lists items using the tag “listing”. Sites with listings submit their listings to edgeio (we don’t scrape or crawl listings unless the publisher requests that we take them). Since our site launched in March of this year we have reached some great milestones.

– We have gone from zero to over 100 million live listings
– We have gone from listings in 1 city to listings in over 15,000 cities
– We have launched a Chinese language web site at http://www.mulu100.com
– We have integrated real time search from Amazon, eBay and CafePress into our edgeio.com search engine.
– We have changed from a founder funded company into one with over $5m of angel and venture funding.
– We have grown our team from 1 engineer, 1 product manager and 2 founders to over 20 staff (mainly engineers, some in Beijing, China).

Our vision is to bring together, organize and distribute the worlds marketplaces . This will take a few more months, and probably even years, of execution but we are very clear about the goal. To that end we want to turn edgeio.com into the best place to find “stuff” from our listing partners (jobs, cars, homes, books, bicycles, babysitters, friends) anywhere in the world. We want edgedirect to become an easy to use platform for partners of all types to get their “stuff” into the edgeio engine and so benefit from the traffic we and our distributors can send back to them. We want to provide many means for third parties to become edgeio distribution partners, taking listings and earning revenue through re-publishing them.

During the next 2 months we will be rolling our several new services. Pretty shortly edgeio.com will move from having a time based search ranking system (last in show first) to a pure relevance based system. Secondly, we will launch edgeio marketplaces in beta (more details to come at the appropriate time). We will develop more ways for listings sites to use edgedirect to upload their stuff into edgeio. We will also enable a greater range of methods for third parties to take listings from edgeio and re-publish them.

During our month on Techmeme we will use this blog to introduce you to some of these new services, and to introduce the people behind the scenes who are now part of the edgeio team.

The next post (later this week) will be news of our first acquisition.

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Job at edgeio: Senior Engineer – Search Engine

» 08 September 2006 » In edgeio, jobs, listing » No Comments

edgeio is growing and we are looking for smart, flexible, and passionate people to join our team. If you are interested in one of our current openings, please send your resume and title of the position you are applying for to jobs@edgeio.com.

We are looking for an experienced engineer to join our small, but growing team. You will play a leading role in the development of search engine technology that powers the edgeio network and edgeio.com. We are building a highly scalable system that handles real-time updates, multiple ranking algorithms, integration of real-time data streams, and modern Web 2.0 techniques like tagging.

Required Skills and Experience:

  • 5+ years of commercial development in C++
  • 3+ years experience building scalable search engines
  • Ability to define and lead development of key search engine features
  • Experience working in a unit test oriented development environment

Recommended Skills and Experience:

  • Background in Internet commerce and advertising applications
  • Past experience building data intensive applications in Ruby

edgeio offers competitive salaries, stock options, and 100% paid benefits for you and your family. If you are interested in one of our current openings, please send your resume and title of the position you are applying for to jobs@edgeio.com. Also, check out this and other job listings at http://www.edgeio.com/view/jobs/.

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Job at edgeio: Senior Engineer – MySQL

» 08 September 2006 » In edgeio, jobs, listing » No Comments

edgeio is growing and we are looking for smart, flexible, and passionate people to join our team. If you are interested in one of our current openings, please send your resume and title of the position you are applying for to jobs@edgeio.com.

We are looking for an experienced engineer to join our small, but growing team. You will play a critical role in architecting and implementing a highly scalable MySQL based database platform. If you have a passion for optimizing MySQL and are well versed in partitioning, replication, clustering, schema design, and API implementations, then we are interested in hearing from you.

Required Skills and Experience:

  • 5+ years of commercial development in C++
  • 3+ years building high performance MySQL solutions
  • Significant experience optimizing complex data structures and algorithms
  • Experience working in a unit test oriented development environment

Recommended Skills and Experience:

  • Experience using the pluggable MySQL storage engine architecture
  • Experience building data intensive applications in Ruby
  • Background in Internet commerce and advertising applications

edgeio offers competitive salaries, stock options, and 100% paid benefits for you and your family. If you are interested in one of our current openings, please send your resume and title of the position you are applying for to jobs@edgeio.com. Also, check out this and other job listings at http://www.edgeio.com/view/jobs/.

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Job at edgeio: Operations Engineer

» 08 September 2006 » In edgeio, jobs, listing » No Comments

edgeio is growing and we are looking for smart, flexible, and passionate people to join our team. If you are interested in one of our current openings, please send your resume and title of the position you are applying for to jobs@edgeio.com.

We are looking for an experienced operations engineer to join our small, but growing team. You will be responsible for the daily management of the hardware and software running our live system. Tasks will include monitoring the system, deploying new components, and developing tools and processes to streamline our operations.

Required Skills and Experience:

  • 5+ years of commercial operations experience in a LAMP environment
  • Strong LINUX system administration skills
  • Expereince building tools necessary to run a 24/7 operational environment
  • Experience administering and tuning large MySQL databases
  • Expereince with SNMP based monitoring tools like Nagios

edgeio offers competitive salaries, stock options, and 100% paid benefits for you and your family. If you are interested in one of our current openings, please send your resume and title of the position you are applying for to jobs@edgeio.com. Also, check out this and other job listings at http://www.edgeio.com/view/jobs/.

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Job at edgeio: Product Manager – edgesense

» 08 September 2006 » In edgeio, jobs, listing » No Comments

edgeio is growing and we are looking for smart, flexible, and passionate people to join our team. If you are interested in one of our current openings, please send your resume and title of the position you are applying for to jobs@edgeio.com.

We are looking for an experienced product manager to join our small, but growing team. You will be responsible for designing and managing the implementation of our paid placement and revenue distribution engine. These components are critical to the success of the company and you will play a significant role in overall product strategy.

Required Skills and Experience:

  • 5+ years of technical online product management experience
  • Proven product management experience in online advertising or affiliate marketing
  • Ability to manage product through entire life-cycle

Recommended Skills and Experience:

  • Background in search engine product development
  • Background in software development
  • Understanding of RSS and the applications which it enables

edgeio offers competitive salaries, stock options, and 100% paid benefits for you and your family. If you are interested in one of our current openings, please send your resume and title of the position you are applying for to jobs@edgeio.com. Also, check out this and other job listings at http://www.edgeio.com/view/jobs/.

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Job at edgeio: Product Manager – edgeio.com

» 08 September 2006 » In edgeio, jobs, listing » No Comments

edgeio is growing and we are looking for smart, flexible, and passionate people to join our team. If you are interested in one of our current openings, please send your resume and title of the position you are applying for to jobs@edgeio.com.

We are looking for an experienced product manager to join our small, but growing team. You will be responsible for designing and managing the edgeio.com website, our search engine user interface, and many of our commerce tools. These components are the face of edgeio, drive a significant portion of our revenue, and are critical to the success of the company. For this position we are looking for someone with a real passion for building commerce websites, especially those with very large catalogs.

Required Skills and Experience:

  • 5+ years of technical online product management experience
  • Expert in online usability and information architecture
  • Proven product management experience with an online storefront
  • Ability to recruit and work effectively with outsourced designers
  • Ability to manage product through entire life-cycle

Recommended Skills and Experience:

  • Background in search engine user interface design
  • Background in software development

edgeio offers competitive salaries, stock options, and 100% paid benefits for you and your family. If you are interested in one of our current openings, please send your resume and title of the position you are applying for to jobs@edgeio.com. Also, check out this and other job listings at http://www.edgeio.com/view/jobs/.

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Craig talks edgeio

» 14 June 2006 » In conversation, edgeio, listing, podcast » No Comments

I was listening to Craig Newmark on Neville Hobson and Shel Holtz’s “For Immediate Release” earlier in the week and was pleased to hear Neville ask Craig about edgeio. Here is Craig’s response: MP3

After listening I decided to record my response to Craig’s response – here it is : MP3

I sent this to Neville so maybe he will include it in his show.

Let us know what your opinions are.

There is a lot happening here at edgeio, I will post news soon.

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edgeio Anounces Support for osCommerce

» 02 June 2006 » In announcement, edgeio, event, listing, Uncategorized » No Comments

Earlier this week, Andrew Yasinsky implemented a plug-in for osCommerce that allows online stores to easily publish their listings to edgeio, Google Base, and Froogle. osCommerce is an Open Source based commerce system used by over 9,000 stores around the world and we have already seen a few of those stores submit listings to edgeio. We hope that this will be the first of many plug-ins and integration tools that make it easy for anyone, from an individual to a large business, to submit data to edgeio.

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