Posts tagged ‘semantic web gang’

Market product specifications and thought leadership strategy for semantic platform startup

February 7th, 2010 by Greg Boutin

Like other applications, ambitious multipurpose web platforms must start by solving a specific market problem, and find their ways into the heart of a passionate community of early adopters.

Those are the challenges I took on at the request of an intriguing multi-million stealth startup’s founders. (more…)

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Semantic appsDiscussing the semantic portals of Eqentia with the gang

November 25th, 2009 by Greg Boutin
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Paul Miller has published the Semantic Web Gang podcast we recorded in November, in which we first talk about Eqentia with its CEO William Mougayar.

Eqentia is a web application offering pre-made vertical portals leveraging an ontology-based search engine to extract and distribute relevant information. (more…)

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Semantic appsDoes the adoption threshold of RDF limit the grassroot potential of the semantic web?

October 19th, 2009 by Greg Boutin

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In the October of the Semantic Web Gang podcast, Tom Tague of OpenCalais, Benjamin Nowack of Semsol, and yours truly discuss RDF and its controversial relationship with the broader concept of the Semantic Web. We tackle adoption and marketing issues facing the semantic web, and what could be done to overcome them.

A great question that applies to start-ups both in the semantic web and beyond, from Tom Tague’s closing comments: are you selling solutions or technology?

I greatly enjoyed the chat and hope you will too.

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Semantic appsHow Semantic are Google, Calais and Linked Data?

February 6th, 2009 by Greg Boutin

Time flies and I am slowly catching up with my to-do list. This is one to-do I should really have completed earlier…. oh well…: in January I met with the Semantic Web Gang for our monthly podcast, which can be found here.

In it, we welcome 3 new regular members who have already started to enrich our perspectives. We talked about the new version 4.0 of the Open Calais service, and I impatiently asked Tom Tague how long we'll have to wait for the "mainstream" version of OpenCalais, which I see as an app that will turn the existing webpages into semantic webpages on-the-fly.

I also bring up some of my pet topics around a URI of URIs, and differ a little with Alex on the importance of Google showing "a la semantic" results (hint: even if it's not "semantic" as per the strict definition of a purist like Alex, I think it's a great signal of market adoption).

We'd like to hear what you think.

Ps. I also completed a post on my other blog To Revenue, on the widespread "Customer Deficit Disorder" affliction, which I think is particularly relevant to ventures in the semantic space and emanate directly from some of my past experience in the field. Check it out.

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Discussion with Twine’s Founder Nova Spivack and his CTO Jim Wissner

November 5th, 2008 by Greg Boutin

Last week I had the pleasure through the Semantic Web Gang to participate in a riveting discussion with Radar Networks’ top men, Nova Spivack and Jim Wissner.

Image representing Radar Networks as depicted ...Image via CrunchBaseEven though I still don’t know how many triples they create per week :) , Nova and Jim were very forthcoming on the wide range of issues we interviewed them on: Radar Network’s platform, its link with semantic technologies and RDF in particular, as well as with other apps such as Freebase and Facebook, the usability and future of their flagship app Twine, as well as their monetization strategy. On that last aspect, I was expecting an ad-based strategy, which they certainly are exploring, but it looks like it might come in the shape of product recommendations, not just display ads. (more…)

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