Stanford’s new on-campus venture fund, SSE Ventures, has made its first investment. The company, Diffbot, offers a RSS reader and a tool called Feedbeater that creates RSS feeds for web pages that don’t already have them.
Feedbeater monitors unstructured web pages for new content, filters out unimportant stuff like comments, advertisements, etc., and pushes that new content in a structured way to a RSS feed.
Great idea, but it’s been done over and over and over again, without much success.
Maybe the company has some other product ideas around the core content extraction technology they’ve developed. Otherwise, this thing is a goner.
An overview demo video is here.