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  • Loveflutter Is A Google Freebase-Powered Dating Site

    Loveflutter Is A Google Freebase-Powered Dating Site

    The idea of matching prospective dates based on shared interests is about as old as dating itself. But understanding how one set of interests relate to another, certainly at scale, is arguably something that machines can do a lot more efficiently than humans, so why not harness that capability for match-making purposes. Loveflutter, which soft-launched in New York last month, and gets a UK… Read More

  • Factual Raises $1 Million Seed Round From Andreessen Horowitz, Idealab, And Angels

    If you co-founded the company that became Google AdSense, as Gil Elbaz did with Applied Semantics, you don’t have any problem finding investors when you want to start a new venture. Elbaz sold Applied Semantics to Google for $100 million in 2003, and launched his latest startup, Factual, last October. He doesn’t really need the money, but so many all-star investors were clamoring… Read More

  • Freebase Takes $42 Million

    Online database company Freebase has taken $42 Million in a round that included Benchmark Capital and Goldman Sachs. Total funding to date is $57 million. We first covered Freebase in March 2007 (see “This is cool, unless it achieves consciousness and kills us all“). Freebase is a massive database. The purpose of the database is to centralize as much data as possible, and allow… Read More

  • Swivel: The Toast Of The OECD

    I spoke at the bi-annual OECD conference in Istanbul last week. One of the big themes of the conference was what policies and products to use to fully leverage all of the official government economic, social and environmental data that flows into the organization. At the end of the conference the Istanbul Declaration was signed, calling for member countries to make their official governmental… Read More

  • Powerset To Launch Social Network Around Search Engine


    When Powerset announced plans to launch a new service called Powerlabs a week ago, it looked to be another sand box area for product previews, like those created by Microsoft, Google and others.But today Steve Newcomb, COO of Powerset, revealed a lot more about the project. I also saw an in person demo of Powerlabs today and some of the ideas behind it. Powerlabs is more than a sandbox to… Read More

  • This is cool, unless it achieves consciousness and kills us all

    Freebase launches today, a new startup that intends to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful. If that last bit sounds familiar, it’s because it’s actually Google’s mission, but Freebase seems intent on doing it, too. Like Google Base, Freebase is a massive database. The purpose of the database is to centralize as much data as… Read More