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.
edgeio is always on the lookout for talented individuals to join our team; however, there are two openings which have risen to the top of our priority list. If these sound like a good match for you, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are looking for an experienced Ruby engineer to join our small, but growing team. You should have some professional experience in Ruby along with a strong background in one or more of the following: C++, Java, and PHP. Experience building large web based applications with MySQL, PHP, XSL and CSS is a plus.
We are looking for an experienced operations engineer to join our small, but growing team. You should have experience managing large web services running on a LAMP platform and a strong background in MySQL tuning. Responsibilities will include managing MySQL instances, developing monitoring and test applications and provisioning new equipment.
If you think your skill set is a match for either position and are interested in join a small fast paced team where everyone contributes on multiple levels, please let us know. We’re at email@example.com.
Besides the shmoozing, I was given a personal tour of Edgeio, the startup founded by TechCrunch Mike and Keith Teare (at left below). It was written up recently by Rob Hof and has been hyped in the blogosphere, but my tourâ€“led by Matt Kaufman (right), Edgeio product manager, and Vidar Hokstad, director of engineeringâ€“of the beta site left me with the impression that they have come up with a simple and elegant twist on the listings/classified business. The service aggregates listings from RSS-based Web pagesâ€“post listings on your blog and Edgeio indexes and organizes them on its site.
Edgeio is targeting early adopters out of the gate, bloggers who have some familiarity with ping servers, claiming blogs, RSS and tagging, Kaufman told me. Users who register can also add more metadata to their listings and the company is building tagging plug-ins/widgets for adding more structure (Edgeio will support structured blogging standards as they emerge). Later on Edgeio will provide some tools and Web forms to help less sophisticated users take advantage of the system, Kaufman said. Edgeio doesn’t plan to participate in transactions, Kaufman said, and will generate revenue via contextual ads, listing enhancement (bolding) fees and paid placement (a publisher/lister pays 25 cents to stay at the top of the heap) and auctions in the future as the service ramps up the number of listings.
Keith and Mike plan to launch the service at PC Forum next month. Will Edgeio be one of the Web 2.0 survivors? That’s difficult to say, but at least Edgeio has a simple and clear proposition, which is far more than many of the Web 2.0 companies still fumbling for a definition, differentiation and a business model.
Bonus Link: Check out Tom Raftery’s edgeio review here.
Great feedback on edgeio is pouring in and we are doing our best to build a team that can quickly react to your suggestions and the inevitable bugs :). That means growing the team and our next priority hire is an experienced systems engineer who can help us scale the service. If you, or someone you know, are a good fit please send your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Linux / MySQL Systems Engineer and Administrator
â€¢ 3-4 years experience running large scale web and database applications
â€¢ Thorough understanding of how to architect a system for scalability and reliability
â€¢ Experience administering and deploying redundant MySQL databases
â€¢ Understanding of basic network security principles
â€¢ Ability to build and operate real-time application monitoring tools
â€¢ Define policies and procedures for deploying software to the production environment
â€¢ Update and deploy software to production and development environments
â€¢ Implement monitoring system to guarantee uptime and performance requirements
â€¢ Troubleshoot and rapidly resolve issues in the production system
There’s more discussion on edgeio today, including great posts by Phil Sim, Pete Cashmore, David Parmet, Alex Moskalyuk, Michael Wales, TheLastPodcast, Russel Reno, SuperAff, Brian Oberkirtch, LikeItMatters and Luca Mearelli.
Thank you to everyone who’s taken the time to say what they like and dislike about our idea. Either way, we appreciate your time and feedback.
There are three key things people bring up when questioning whether or not edgeio will be successful.
1. Will bloggers want to post classified listings on blogs?
2. How to deal with the inevitable spam onslaught?
3. Assuming 1 & 2 are overcome, what stops everyone from entering the market?
I’ll be posting our thoughts on these questions as we march toward launch.