Facebook launches Social Bookmarking, edgeio participates

» 31 October 2006 » In edgeio » No Comments

Last night Facebook announced that it has launched “Share”, a social bookmarking infrastructure. Blog post here. Reuters coverage here

edgeio is a launch partner for share. You will notice that there are some new elements in two places.

Firstly on the search results page at edgeio.com.

Search Results with Share

And secondly on the item detail page

item detail with share

In both cases we have also added del.icio.us; digg and wink buttons.

This should be a great tool if you are looking for something and find multiple options. You can save the ones you are interested in and then use the saved items as your shortlist of things you are interested in.

Let us know if you like it.

feedback can be sent here

Links:

Venturebeat – here
Mashable – here
Inside Facebook – here

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Thanks for the coverage

» 24 October 2006 » In conversation, edgeio, News, Press Release » No Comments

Our $5m series A financing has been covered by several leading blogs. Just a quick word of thanks:

Matt Marshall of Venturebeat
Rob Hof of Businessweek
Pete Cashmore of Mashable
Greg Sterling
Techmeme
Mike at TechCrunch

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Series A financing, China web site and Patent filing

» 23 October 2006 » In announcement, edgeio, News, Press Release » 7 Comments

This is the text of a press release we are issuing today (Tuesday 24th October 2006)

Menlo Park, California: October 24th 2006

edgeio corporation announces Series A financing, Chinese web site and Patent filing.

edgeio corporation, a leader in online listings announced today that it has raised $5 million in the first close of a Series A round of financing. The round was led by Intel Capital and also included an investment from Transcosmos Investments and Business Development Inc, a Japanese public company with a Silicon Valley investment arm focused on Internet-based U.S. technology companies expanding into the Japanese marketplace. Investors in the company’s angel funding had their investment converted into A round stock. These include Ron Conway, Jeff Clavier, Claudio Chiuchiarelli, Frank Caufield Jr., RSS Investors, Millenium Technology Ventures, Michael Tanne, Auren Hoffman, Sam Perry, Bill McCabe and Louis Monier.

Since its launch in March 2006 edgeio has successfully become a significant player in the rapidly growing infrastructure for online listings. It has become an essential service to many vendors, across many verticals in many countries, who use it as a part of their strategy for distributing listings and catalogs to attract more customers.

edgeio has over 3000 publishers who upload their listings via its edgedirect service. These include key players in the jobs, autos, real estate, leisure and other sectors. Many bloggers are publishing listings to their blog and having them automatically entered into edgeio through the use of the “listing tag�?. edgeio is also a featured distribution channel for many sites offering to help distribute listings, such as VFlyer, Postlets, the Point2 network and others. Beyond distributing uploaded listings, edgeio brings together content in real time from partners such as eBay, Amazon and CafePress, creating the world’s largest search engine for listings at edgeio.com.

“Our goal is to bring together all of the world’s marketplaces, to organize them vertically and geographically, and then to make this enormous inventory of catalogs available, through a single interface, to those who would like to take these listings and create new online marketplaces,”

said Keith Teare, Chief Executive Officer and founder at edgeio.

Since launching six months ago edgeio now has more than 100 million listings in many verticals, (about 700,000 new each day). These come from over 14,000 cities in 130 countries. By being an aggregator of such a large number of listings edgeio.com can become a serious search engine for jobs, homes, cars and many other items, and can send significant amounts of traffic back to the original publisher.

The company also announced today that it has launched a Chinese language version of its web site named mulu100.com (which in Chinese means catalog of catalogs). The Chinese service has initially formed a partnership with edeng.cn, a China based listings site, similar in many ways to craigslist.com.

“Chinese listings began to appear on edgeio within a few days of us launching. And we saw Chinese searches on our data grow significantly during the summer,”

said Keith Teare.

“We decided that the Chinese market would be our first localized site and we now have a significant number of listings from all over the country. That is why we have launched mulu100.com as a fully Chinese front end to the edgeio data. edeng has significantly expanded our ability to include China based listings and proven to be a great initial partner.”

edgeio corporation also announced that it has filed for patents covering its distributed marketplaces architecture and many of the features of edgeio.com. The patent claims were provisionally filed in October 2005 and have now been completed as full filings.

About edgeio corporation:

edgeio is a 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.

About Intel Capital:

Intel Capital, Intel’s venture capital organization, makes equity investments in innovative technology start-ups and companies worldwide. Intel Capital invests in a broad range of companies offering hardware, software and services targeting enterprise, home, mobility, health, consumer Internet and semiconductor manufacturing. Since 1991, Intel Capital has invested more than US$6 billion in nearly 1,000 companies in more than 40 countries. In that time, about 180 portfolio companies have been acquired by other companies and another 155 have gone public on various exchanges around the world. In 2005, Intel Capital invested about US$265 million in about 140 deals with approximately 60 percent of funds invested outside the United States. For more information on Intel Capital and its differentiated advantages, visit www.intelcapital.com.

About Transcosmos Investments & Business Development, Inc.

Transcosmos Investments & Business Development, Inc., is a wholly owned subsidiary of Transcosmos, Inc. With offices in Bellevue, Wash., and Mountain View, Calif., Transcosmos Investments & Business Development is a strategic corporate investor and an active local business partner for Internet-based U.S. technology companies expanding into the Japanese marketplace. It is the international partner-of-choice, offering capitalization of joint ventures, infrastructure development, strategic relationships, staffing and localization to companies in the U.S. technology sector – effectively creating a pipeline of technological information to Japan. Transcosmos Investments’ portfolios, which focus on companies specializing in digital marketing, e-commerce and digital media, include such marquee brand names as AskJeeves, Inc./Bloglines, DoubleClick Inc., RealNetworks Inc., NetRatings Inc., Atom Shockwave, Inc., Become Inc. and CinemaNow, Inc. For more information, please visit: http://www.transcosmos.com.

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Google to favor GBase in organic search?

» 22 September 2006 » In edgeio » No Comments

Infoworld is reporting Google’s plans with Googlebase. Their source is a Bear Stearns research report.

Google Inc. plans to extend the product search capabilities on its main Google.com Web search engine in the fourth quarter, in time for the holiday shopping season.

A Google official shared the news with attendees of the Professional eBay Sellers Alliance (PESA) Summit in San Francisco this week, according to people at the conference.

When people search for products on Google.com, the system will present them with another search box so that they can refine their query, wrote Bear Stearns & Co. Inc. analysts in a note published Friday.

After people refine their query, Google takes them to a second page populated with product results from the Google Base listings service, wrote the analysts, who attended Google official’s presentation.

“Ranking will be determined by the attributes that the sellers listed for the product as well as by relevancy,” the analysts wrote.

This decision (if true) is good for edgeio customers and partners. We currently automate the inclusion of all of our publishers listings into Googlebase. The more visibility they get in search the better.

And due to the complexities of the GBase APIs and interface it is far easier to publish on edgeio and get into GBase than going direct.

Additionally GBase doesn’t plan to help publishers distribute beyond Google (our core goal). See this story for more.

From the beginning, Google said that Base isn’t meant as a destination Web site, but more like a database to feed information to Google search sites, like Google.com. To stress this point, Google recently removed the search box from the Google Base site.

All in all we are pleased. Our publishers can use us to get into Googlebase easily; and we can be their primary means of being distributed more widely than Googlebase.

However, with our non-partisan hat on, this decision (again, if it turns out to be true) does indicate the difficult “church versus state” issues that Google has. Why would Google (“organizing the worlds informnation”) artificially favor its own listings database over the original items out there on the internet and presumably already in its index? The only answer can be based on financial self-interest. The other wins – structured data in particular – could be achieved by supporting standards based structured data (like microformats for example).

I wonder how Larry and Sergey feel about internal attempts to undermine the neutrality of the Google alogorithm by artificially favoring Google hosted content in organic search?

Links to discussion
Traffick
AuctionBytes
Infoworld

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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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