November 19, 2006
Google and Powerset in the Sunday Times
The article interviews my friend Peter Norvig, now director of research at Google, and discusses natural language search. Here are some relevant excerpts:
November 9, 2006
John Battelle interviews Yahoo’s David Filo and Bradley Horowitz at Web2.0
- A Conversation with Yahoo!
- David Filo and Bradley Horowitz
- Interviewed by John Battelle
- Web 2.0 Summit
- November 9th, San Francisco, CA
- Notes by Barney Pell
Here are my raw notes from the talk just now.
It came right after a fascinating panel with teens and parents, in which almost everyone knew and used Google and Myspace, with Yahoo receding in the distance. In contrast, David and Bradley seemed very positive about Yahoo’s situation and prospects for the future. They have had competitors over the last 12 years, and this isn’t much different from the past.
At least we had a promise from David Filo that there wouldn’t be any announcement about Microsoft acquiring Yahoo tomorrow.
November 4, 2006
Amazon Web Services and Powerset in Business Week article
Rob Hof at Business Week just came out with an article called Jeff Bezos’s Risky Bet. The article talks about Amazon’s Web Services initiative, in which Amazon is enabling other companies to take advantage of the massive technology infrastructure Amazon has developed to power its own operations:
Amazon has spent 12 years and $2 billion perfecting many of the pieces behind its online store. By most accounts, those operations are now among the biggest and most reliable in the world. “All the kinds of things you need to build great Web-scale applications are already in the guts of Amazon,” says Bezos. “The only difference is, we’re now exposing the guts, making [them] available to others.”
This article was the first to announce that Powerset is one of the major early customers for Amazon’s new Electric Compute Cloud (EC2) Web service. Here are the relevant paragraphs, which mention Powerset and some of our key angel investors: