• Tribune Media Buys Video Search Engine CastTV

    Tribune Media, a unit of media conglomerate Tribune company, has acquired video search engine CastTV, according to a release issued today. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the acquisition includes all of CastTV’s technology, products, intellectual property and staff, including co-founders Edwin Ong and Alex Vikati, who founded the San Francisco-based company together… Read More

  • TechCrunch 40 Session 1: Search & Discovery

    Session one as follows, including our live notes.
    Powerset Powerset is a natural language search engine that can use everyday phrases and grammer to conduct more accruate web searches by understanding the search query and the pages it indexes. Parsing phrases and grammer theoretically produces better results because the egine has a better understanding of the searches intended goal than with… Read More

  • Video Ads: Every Startup Has A Different Solution

    It may seem weird, but I’ve been eagerly awaiting the day when I see ads in my viral video. eMarketer expects online video advertising to nearly double in 2008 to $1.3 billion, but no one’s really nailed a scalable ad platform for video. However, Google’s been quietly testing their own system and there are a bunch of other startups tackling it as well. There are a couple… Read More

  • A Look at Supernova 2007 Connected Innovators

    At Supernova’s 2007 Connected Innovators session, 12 young startups (well, 13 if you count the fake one planted to keep the audience on their toes), pitched their products to an audience at the St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco with punditry by Kevin Werbach and Michael Arrington and supporting color from Josh Kopelman, Julia Hanna Farris and Paul Kedrosky. Here’s a look at the… Read More

  • Truveo Growing 50% Per Month, Says Video Search Becoming More Important

    Truveo, which was acquired by AOL in early 2006, is considered to be one of the best video search engines on the Internet. It looks beyond metadata attached to the video file itself and explores the content on the website around the video – resulting in more data to index and better search results. The traffic figures support this. Comscore reports that the site has 40 million monthly… Read More

  • CastTV Raises $3.1 Million, Battles Google And AOL In Video Search

    San Francisco-based CastTV, a video search service that is yet to launch, announced a $3.1 million round of financing from Draper Fisher Jurvetson this morning. We first wrote about the company, which is led by husband and wife team Edwin Ong and Alex Vikati, last October. See our post and screenshots here. AOL arguably has the best video search technology through their acquisition of Truveo… Read More

  • CastTV Will Revolutionize Video Search

    Husband and wife team Edwin Ong and Alex Vikati first met at Stanford, and then founded a company together called Filefish in 1999. They raised $4.6 million in venture funding in 2000, and the company was acquired by Oracle in 2003. Now they are preparing to launch their second company, CastTV. It is an ambitious effort focused entirely on video search. And that’s not a bad place to be. Read More