Will.Whim

A weblog by Will Fitzgerald

Monthly Archives: November 2006

The new Google is … Powerset?

Gulp.

David Smith at The Guardian hypes web 2.0 (or web 3.0) and writes “The new Google is … Powerset.”

Calm down, everyone. Read what Barney Pell (Powerset CEO), Lorenzo Thione (Product Architect) and Steve Newcomb (COO) are saying on their blogs, especially Barney’s comments on Google and Powerset in the Sunday Times:

Search is in its early days, and natural language is the future of search. But it’s both difficult to enable natural language search at all, and to do it on a scale like Google is a harder matter still. I’m not sure I would be “relaxed” about the disruption that natural language search will involve. But I’m really happy that this discussion about natural language search is now happening among the major players, and that Powerset is helping to push the envelope.

Don’t believe the meta-hype :)

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Powerset announces Series A round

Cool, the news is officially out: Powerset has raised $12.5 M in series A financing (our press release). Bambi Francisco wrote a story for MarketWatch, and did an interview with our CEO, Barney Pell. Great lead to Francisco’s story:

So they must be crazy, have a high threshold for pain, or are certain to deliver a brilliant product, right?

Update: And it feels even more real when it makes the New York Times (a Times blog, but still).

Company blogs

Our company did a slight remake of our website, with perhaps the most interesting thing: a list of our Angel round investors mentioned on our newly minted company blog.

What’s that you say, a company can’t have a blog? That there’s no difference between a company blog and a press release? Silly you: Press releases talk about the company in the third person, have an about section, and a media contact. Blogs talk about the company in the first person and allow comments.

And, so you see, the title of this post is to be parsed as Noun+Verb, not Noun+Noun.