Archive for September 2005

Mobile Search: Are we there yet ? – Oct 10th, Google HQ

September 30, 2005

Search SIG MashupAs previously announced, the Search SIG and Mobile Monday have joined forces to put together a Mobile Search focused event. It will take place on Monday October 10th, and will be hosted by Google at their headquarter in Mountain View (1600 Amphitheater Parkway, Building 40). Many of you expected the event to take place on October 3rd, the first Monday of the month as it is the tradition of Mobile Monday, but we felt that there was too much of an overlap with the Web 2.0 conference which is taking place the same week.

On the topic of the session, mobile search means much more than throwing a keyword search to a search engine from a cell phone. Efficiently accessing context-driven information, based on who/where they are and what they need, is what users have come to expect. We will explore the state of the art of Mobile search – covering both voice and data, and assess if we are any closer of delivering what users need.

Have confirmed their participation:

  • Zaw Thet, 4INFO
  • Mark Grandcolas, Caboodle Networks
  • Jack Denenberg, Cingular Wireless
  • Scott Jenson, Google
  • Mihir Shah, Yahoo! Search

The host of the session will be David Weiden, an Internet & Mobile industry consultant currently working with Mary Meeker of Morgan Stanley Equity Research.  Prior to this David was an initial investor in and CMO of Tellme Networks, the largest provider of automated 411 systems in the world.  David also held executive positions at AOL and Netscape and began his career at McCaw Cellular. 

Here is a draft of the agenda:

6:30-7:00pm – Registration / Food & Drink
7:00–7:05pm – Welcome
7:05-8:00pm – Act I: Mobile Search state of the art, trends and challenges  and anything our moderator will want to cover
8:05-8:15pm – Intermission: Search Networking & Geeking Out
8:20-9:00pm – Act II: Product Demos from  4INFO, Caboodle Networks, Google and Yahoo!
9:00-9:15pm – Open Mike Geek: Announcements (30 seconds of fame & fortune)
9:16pm – You Don’t Have To Go Home, But You Can’t Stay Here

Note: at the end of our meeting, we will provide audience members with the opportunity to make very QUICK 30-second announcements of community geek benefit. however, if you exceed the time limit, you WILL get the hook 😉

Please note that we expect quite a large showing because of the two organizations involved, and therefore we are asking everyone to pre-register (here) so that badges can be prepared in advance. And remember, there is a distribution list for Search SIG announcements – if you want to join, send an email to sdforum_searchsig-subscribe@yahoogroups.com.

This post will be updated to provide information about the logistics related to the event, the final agenda and the list of speakers.

Quick write-ups on the Audio Seach session

September 30, 2005

This first session was a great success (not that we want to toot outr own horn). Besides a few logistics problems (such a the stack of pizza disappearing in an unbelievable time), our first meeting was a success. We had a great line-up of experts, interesting discussions, and a great audience – which we hope to see again every month.

A number of great posts have been written by some of our attendees: Mike Rowehl, Elisa Camahort (with a bonus), Ho John Lee, Tara Hunt and Dorrian Porter.

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   John Furrier and Doug             A great audience       
  Kaye preparing the gear                             

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    Ev Williams, David Marks
Doug Kaye, Eric Rice, Jeff Karnes

Program of the session on Audio Search and Directories

September 30, 2005

Search_sig_audioThe program of the inaugural session “Audio Search and Directories� of the Search SIG is now complete. Jeff Karnes, who leads product management for Media Search at Yahoo!, is the latest addition to the “Podside Chat�. Before Yahoo!, Jeff worked at Virage, a pioneer in Audio search, so we’re glad to have him join Ev “Odeo� Williams, Eric “Audioblog.com� Rice, David “Loomia� Marks and the host of the evening, Doug “ITConversations� Kaye.

As a reminder, the session will take place on Wed Sept 14th at Yahoo’s HQ (701 First Avenue, Building C, Room 5 in Sunnyvale, CA), and will promptly start at 7PM (registration from 6:30PM on). Attendance is free for SDForum members, and charge is $15 for non-members – paid at the door.

Here is the final agenda:

6:30-7:00pm – Registration / Food & Drink
7:00–7:05pm – A few words about the Search SIG
7:05-8:00pm – Act I: Podside Chat on Audio Search, Directories, Podcasting – trends, opportunities, needs, risks, and anything Doug Kaye will want to cover
8:05-8:15pm – Intermission: Search Networking & Geeking Out
8:20-9:00pm – Act II: Product Demos from Audioblog.com, Loomia and Odeo – and Q&A with the audience
9:00-9:15pm – Open Mike Geek: Announcements (30 seconds of fame & fortune)
9:16pm – You Don’t Have To Go Home, But You Can’t Stay Here

Note: at the end of our meeting, we will provide audience members with the opportunity to make very QUICK 30-second announcements of community geek benefit. however, if you exceed the time limit, you WILL get the hook 😉

And thanks to Jeremy Zawodny, Tim Mayer and Yahoo! for providing the key logistics we needed: space, food and beverages.

Welcome to the SearchSIG Blog

September 30, 2005

We (the co-chairs) had been talking about putting this blog together for some time, among the many things that we had to do in order to get a new SDForum Special Interest Group up and running – focusing on the fascinating world of search. SearchSIG came about as the logical extension of Vertical LEAP, the Vertical Search conference that we organized back in June 2005.

Our mission statement is:

 

The Search for Search

The purpose of the SDForum Silicon Valley Search SIG is to offer a communication and collaboration platform to the Search ecosystem: search engines, marketers/advertisers, users and developers. Through a series of monthly events, the SIG will cover a large diversity of topics: from the latest developments in search to the needs of brands and advertisers, through the issues and key learnings of starting, funding, building, and exiting a search company.

We plan to use different formats for the SIG as well: fireside chats with key executives of the ecosystem, panels, presentations + Q&As, unconference – i.e the panel is the audience, etc. Once thing we request, demand, beg for, is the participation of the audience.

We also want to give companies the opportunity to introduce themselves, launch their products, in short segments of 5/10 mins max. And at the end of each session, anybody having an announcement to make will be able to do so.

Who are we and why are we doing this ?

Dave McClure is the VP of Marketing of SimplyHired,  the world’s largest search engine for jobs, has always had a keen interest in search and has been involved with other SIGs in his past life(s).

Jeff Clavier is the Managing Partner of SoftTech Venture Consulting, a firm advising very early stage startups in the Consumer Internet space. Jeff’s practice, and personal angel investments, are primarily focusing on search and social media.

I want more ?

We also have a Yahoo Group on which we are making annoucements regarding SearchSIG and its events. You can subscribe by sending a email to sdforum_searchsig-subscribe@yahoogroups.com. And you can reach us by email at searchsig [at] gmail [dot] com.

This is your SIG, not ours. So please send us your ideas, suggestions, interest in participating, launching, presenting, etc. Note that we have so much demand, and we are grateful for it, that we can’t always involve all the companies that would like to.

Dave and Jeff