• AT&T Acquires Ingenio And Their Pay-Per-Call Network

    We haven’t heard much from Silicon Valley based Ingenio lately. In 2006 the company launched Ether, a service that allows people to charge people for calls. Since then, nada. But today AT&T is announcing that they’ve acquired the company and plan to integrate it into its directory service and local search advertising portfolio (, etc.). The Pay Per Call service… Read More

  • The Supernova 12

    Over 100 startups applied to present their companies at the TechCrunch-sponsored Connected Innovators program at the Supernova conference last week. Twelve were selected and had a chance to launch their new products to an audience of hundreds. I drafted some real-time notes of the products demo’d and launched at event at CrunchNotes, and my more complete notes are below.
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  • Ether pay-per-call launches for public use

    The telephone-time monetization system Ether officially launches today, after beta testing since March. The company calls its new stage “zeta.” Ether lets you set a price for people who want to call you on the phone. The company provides a phone number, billing services and will also do pay-per-view for documents or other files. A button on your website lets potential callers… Read More

  • Super-Stealth Ether to Launch Tonight

    Tonight at midnight the doors open (to beta testers) at Ether, the new super-stealth startup that is wholly-owned by the pay-per-call folks at Ingenio. The concept of Ether is straightforward, but it has a massive back end infrastructure (thankfully Ingenio already had it built). They call it an “ebay for services”, allowing people to charge for advice over the phone (and by… Read More

  • Ingenio's Ether

    Ether, a division of pay-per-call Ingenio, is taking email addresses for a new beta. One of the people behind it says to read this and this to get an idea of what it is. Seems like it would be easier to just write a sentence of two on the site or the blog. But if you are in the mood for a scavenger hunt and a bit of speculation, throw out your best guess. Ether says they’ll launch in… Read More