Archive for the ‘Announcements’ category

New Search SIG Co-Chair

June 25, 2008

Please join me in welcoming Aditya Agarwal as the new co-chair for the Search SIG. Aditya is Director of Engineering at Facebook, has deep experience in search, and brings great enthusiasm to the Search SIG.

Robert Tri, Co-Chair


July 8th Event. Social Search.

June 22, 2008

Social Search

Will Community Wisdom Take Search and Discovery to the Next Level?

With your moderator Safa Rashtchy, join a lively discussion with

  • Facebook’s Ari Steinberg,
  • FriendFeed’s CEO Bret Taylor,
  • Mahalo’s CEO Jason Calacanis, and
  • Wikia Search‘s Jeremie Miller

on what up-and-comers are doing to provide improved search and discovery capabilities through the wisdom of the crowd and how it will impact the overall consumer web search marketplace. We will address questions such as:

  • What is social search and discovery? Why and how does it enhance the user experience?
  • What are the potentials for social search –what are its limitations?
  • When will social search reach an inflection point?
  • What are the best platforms/networks or technologies for social search and discovery?
  • Who are the most successful existing platforms on social search and discovery?
  • Will social search supplement or replace current search and discovery processes?
  • What types of players are best positioned to capture the largest market share?
  • What are the roles of social networks and “traditional” search sites in this new area?

Confirmed Panelists:



Moderator Safa Rashtchy is well known for his expertise on search and for hosting the teen panel at Web 2.0 Summits and for his prescient investor analysis on the search space as Piper Jaffrey’s Managing Director for Global Internet Media.



Date: July 8, 2008

Time: 6:30pm-9:00pm

Location: Cubberly Community Center, Room H-1, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto


People Search – Search SIG – Tuesday, May 8th

May 1, 2007


This should be a good one! People search is fast becoming a leading vertical search category, with many different approaches to solve the problem. We have three of the leading thinkers in the game on our panel, plus Michael Arrington of TechCrunch Moderating. “Find yourself” at this awesome event!

Michael Tanne – CEO Wink

Jaideep Singh – CEO Spock

Bryan Burdick – COO ZoomInfo

  • 30% of all searches on Google or Yahoo! are for specific people or people related.
  • Marge Simpson “googled” herself for the first time on the latest episode of The Simpsons
  • Is there room for a smart new company to take the place of a general search engine to provide better and more accurate results for people queries?
  • What’s more important… the head or the tail?
  • What about disambiguation? How can that be achieved?
  • How does the concept of identity management play in to all of this?
  • more more more!

Come and join us…

Time: 6:30 (registration) 7:00 (presentation)

Where: Building 43 – Google Inc. 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway Mountain View, CA 94043

See you there!

Here it is on Upcoming:

SDForum SearchSIG – “Product Search” – Tuesday Feb. 13, 2007 – 6:30 PM at Yahoo! with Yahoo! Shopping, Shopzilla, TheFind, DottedPair

January 30, 2007

So it’s all set. The next SearchSIG will be on product search. The panel will have representatives from Yahoo! Shopping, Shopzilla, TheFind, and DottedPair. It will be moderated by Brian Smith of

Expect a lively discussion on the future of product search, monetization, user experience, and technology. Yes, I said lively. These guys all have a different approach to guiding customers to and through their site to find the right product at the right price.

Product search engines were the first true vertical search applications. Anyone interested in vertical search, e-commerce, feed management, and advanced search user experiences should check this out.

When: February 13, 2007

Time: 6:30 (registration) 7:00 (presentation)

Where: Yahoo! Main Campus, 701 First Ave. Sunnyvale Classrooms 4 & 5 in Building C

Register today!

Feel free to comment below or send me an email if you have suggested questions or topics that you’d like to cover.

beach [@]

SearchSIG – Product Search on

January 29, 2007

Here is the event:

I’ll update the blog with the final information tomorrow.



Next Search SIG – Feb. 13

December 13, 2006

Hello out there in search land. My name is David Beach… or just “Beach” if you prefer… a name that has stuck since grade school. I’m Director of Product Management for Wink.

I’m now a co-chair here, and I thought I’d dust off the blog a bit.

We’re planning the next SIG for February 13, 2007. The topic is “Product Search.” A subject close to my heart as I was at Yahoo! Shopping for the past 5 years. The details are being worked out right now, so we’ll keep you posted, but it should be a lively discussion. We’ll go over new trends, innovations, the role of advertising, product tagging, and will wrap up holiday 2006 to start.

Stay tuned, and have a great time shopping online this season.

Please let me know if you have any questions. beach [at]


SDForum Search SIG: The growing online video ecosystem – October 10th 6:30pm @ Microsoft – Featuring VideoEgg, Dabble, CastTV, POSTRoller

September 30, 2006

Close to 300 video hosting, sharing and editing sites have been counted to date, serving hundreds of millions, if not billions, of videos a day. Video creation is also growing exponentially, and the availability of decent video recording capabilities in cell phones will only accelerate it. It therefore made to us to organize a session on the developing online video ecosystem, ranging from editing, hosting, advertising to search and aggregation. And to make the picture complete, we have also invited the video content production side of things. We expect, and actually wanted, that we’ll discuss topics broader than search per se – but as we’ll establish it, search and discovery mechanisms are fundamental enablers in the world of videos.

To MC the event, we have also decided to innovate: we will have two moderators, who – amongst so many things – produce the “Om & Niall Podsessions” podcast. Om as in Om Malik and Niall as in Niall Kennedy, who are both actors and commentators of the evolving development of online media. Their recent podcast on the topic of video led to their leading this session.

Will be joining us on October 10th for that session:

  • Video Editing and Hosting: VideoEgg – Matt Sanchez
  • Video Search: CastTV – Alex Vikati
  • Video Bookmarking: Dabble – Mary Hodder
  • Video Advertising Network: POSTRoller – Tod Sacerdoti

The event will take place at the Conference Center of the Microsoft Silicon Valley Campus (Building 1, 1065 La Avenida St., Mountain View) which has a capacity of 270 attendees. We suggest that you pre-register on this page of the SDForum web site. Note that we will only be able to accept sign-ups at the door based on the remaining capacity. This will also help us figuring out required food and beverages. To speed up the signing process, please print, fill in and bring this form if you are parking your car on the Microsoft campus

The now well established Search SIG Agenda format will be used:

6:30-7:00pm – Registration / Food & Drink
7:00–7:05pm – A few words about the Search SIG
7:05-8:15pm – Act I: The growing online video ecosystem
8:15-8:30pm – Intermission: Search Networking & Geeking Out
8:30-9:00pm – Act II: Product Demos from VideoEgg, CastTV, Dabble and POSTRoller– 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

Do get in touch with us (searchsig [at] gmail [dot] com) if you want to use a demo slot to launch a new search startup (one, and maybe two companies can take advantage of that).

And remember, there is a distribution list for Search SIG announcements – if you want to join, send an email to