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How the Interest Graph will shape the future of the web

How the Interest Graph will shape the future of the web

Apr 1, 2011

What do Color, Quora, Hunch, Blippy, and StockTwits have in common? They are examples of companies that generate value for their users by leveraging the concept of the Interest Graph. The list also features some of the most promising startups right now, having raised close to $100 million in venture funding. Pure coincidence? What’s the Interest Graph? The...

Getting Carded in Cyberspace: Recent developments in the Online Identity Ecosystem

Getting Carded in Cyberspace: Recent developments in the Online Identity Ecosystem

Oct 13, 2010

We are used to regularly sharing personal information in the “real world”. At a bar, for example, we might be asked to show our ID for age verification. As a result of showing our ID, we also – unnecessarily, some might point out – reveal other personal information such as our full name to the other person. While this may be a cause of alarm for some,...

Have Semantic Technologies Crossed the Chasm Yet?

Have Semantic Technologies Crossed the Chasm Yet?

Sep 14, 2010

This article kicks off a series of interviews on Semantic Technologies in the MIT Entrepreneurship Review with industry thought leaders including Thomas Tague (Thomson Reuters), Chris Messina (Google), David Recordon (Facebook), Will Hunsinger (Evri) and Jamie Taylor (Metaweb). At first sight, the answer is yes. I recently attended the Semantic Technology...

Semantic Technologies Series: Interview with Jamie Taylor of Metaweb

Semantic Technologies Series: Interview with Jamie Taylor of Metaweb

Jul 23, 2010

I talked to Jamie Taylor, Minister of Information at Metaweb, the company behind Freebase. Freebase is a community-writable semantic database, spanning millions of topics in thousands of categories. Jamie, tell us what sparked your interest in semantic technologies: you got a PhD in Behavioral Economics, at some point you started San Francisco’s first ISP. How...

Semantic Technologies Series: Interview with Will Hunsinger of Evri

Semantic Technologies Series: Interview with Will Hunsinger of Evri

Jul 22, 2010

I recently talked to Will Hunsinger, CEO of Evri, a discovery engine, delivering intelligent, real-time streams of information around popular topics enabling users to share and engage. The company has just under 40 employees and is based in Seattle with offices in San Francisco. How does the recent acquisition of Twine/Radar Networks impact your strategy? So we...