The 20 best startups from Y Combinator’s W20 Demo Day

With world events overtaking the tech world’s preferences to meet for coffees and convene at events, Y Combinator skipped its famous two-day live Demo event and went for a radical experiment: no

A Sad Day. Goodbye, Riya

<img src="http://tctechcrunch.files.wordpress.com/2009/08/riyalogo-215x134.jpg" width="215" height="134" />Facial recognition service <a href="http://www.riya.com">Riya</a> will shut down on August 21

Covet.com Will Be Your Stylist And Personal Shopper In One

<img src="http://tctechcrunch.files.wordpress.com/2009/06/covet-logo-215x78.jpg" width="215" height="78" /> Shopping for fashion on the web can be an overwhelming experience. Not only can you find a

Like.com's Creepy, But Effective, Facebook Ads

Is a picture worth a thousand clicks? You’ve heard of contextual ads triggered by keywords on a Web page. Now, get ready for contextual ads triggered by images on the page. Visual-shopping searc

Chinese Photo Site Tuyuan May Do Facial Recognition. Or It May Just Put Boxes Around People's Heads

I can’t really say much about Tuyuan yet since it’s in Chinese and there isn’t much information (translated page here), but it certainly looks like they’re trying to tackle the

Image Recognition Problem Finally Solved: Let's Pay People To Tag Photos

Most people have thousands of digital photos sitting on their hard drive. And the vast majority of those photos aren’t tagged or searchable. Want to find the 300 pictures of your youngest son am

RockYou Integrates Like.com Image Search Into Slideshows

Last November, Munjal Shah made a fairly tough decision and did an about face on his startup, Riya. Instead of continuing to focus on Riya’s existing product – facial recognition and taggi

Xcavator.net: Visual Stock Photo Search

Xcavator.net is a stock photo search portal based on visual search technology. Xcavator.net provides natural and intuitive interactive search for stock photography providing buyers with a browsing exp

Riya's Like.com Is First True Visual Image Search

Silicon Valley startup Riya, currently a photo search company focusing on facial recognition, is making a significant strategic and product shift this morning. Riya will continue as is, but the compan

Riya 2.0 On the Way; Major Strategy Shift

Photo search and facial recognition site Riya (a TechCrunch sponsor) had a million photos uploaded in the first two days after launch and seven million photos uploaded in the first seven weeks. For de

Anatomy of a Launch: The Riya Play-by-Play

Photo search and facial recognition site Riya is now about two months old (see here for our past Riya posts). Founder and CEO Munjal Shah is in the process of memorializing the highs and lows of the l

TalkCrunch: Riya Update

Photo search and facial recognition startup Riya launched on March 21 and had a million photos uploaded in the first two days. We interview Riya CEO Munjal Shah and Marketing Director Tara Hunt on Tal

Riya – 1 Million Photos in 2 Days

Tara Hunt, Riya’s chief blogger, says on her personal blog that they’ve had a million photos uploaded just two days after launching. Wow, that’s a lot of pictures. Congratulations (a

Riya to Launch Today

UPDATE: Riya is not launching a public beta today, but is sending out emails with credentials to people who’ve signed up for the alpha. In a few days Riya will be opening up registration for eve

Riya Nails Second Round Financing

Facial Recognition company Riya has marked the new year with a whopping $15 million second round venture raise from existing investor Bay Partners. This is exceptional news for Riya and a great recove

Riya Goes it Alone

Riya, the celebrated facial recognition company that has allowed in a few lucky alpha testers over the last few months, was the subject of significant acquisition rumors a few weeks ago. “Source

Riya's Launch Party @ TechCrunch

We reached a new milestone in our ongoing experiment to see how many people can fit inside my house before the police come and arrest me: over 250 last night (previous record was 200ish) at the Riya L

The Riya-Google Rumor

Rumors are flying this morning that Riya (a killer photo facial recognition startup) has been or is being acquired by Google in the $40 million range. See Om Malik, Niall Kennedy and Paul Kedrosky. Ev

First Screen Shots of Riya

Riya (formerly Ojos) will be opening its doors to 10 or so lucky alpha testers tomorrow morning. Riya leverages potent facial and text recognition technology with an intelligent interface to help peop

Ojos is now Riya

Ojos, which never owned ojos.com (they used ojos-inc.com) has found a permanent name – Riya. More on this on the Munjal Shah’s blog and Tara Hunt’s blog. Riya has a facial and text r
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