What is The Big Deal with Zune Anyway?

Yesterday Scoble stopped by and hung out with us. He brought two brand new Zune portable music players with him - a gadget lover's dream. In case you missed it, Microsoft started shipping Zune on Nov 14th. You can read one of the press releases here. So there we were with Scoble and two Zunes; one black and one translucent brown (chocolat).  read more »


Is The Blogosphere Eating CNET's Lunch?

I attended the The Art of the Start event organized by SVASE last week. BTW, the book written by Guy Kawasaki is an interesting read if you are thinking about starting an enterprise. O  read more »


How to Use Retrevo Search Inside the Firefox Search Tab?

Michael Calore of Wired wrote an article Retrevo: a Google for Gadgets on his blog. It was a balanced article focusing purely on product research. I have covered the topic of product research vs. lifecycle information needs on this blog in the past. Some of Michael's readers asked when we would develop a search plugin for th  read more »


Is Search Widget Monetizable?

Response to our Search Widget has been phenomenal. Thanks to everyone who is giving it a try. We are still in the first inning, there are lot of improvements needed and yes, this can evolve into something bigger. But this is a start! I particularly liked this post from Nitin Karandikar outlining pluses and minuses of our Search Widget. One question that has come up repeatedly is mone  read more »


Search Widget is Out!

A number of bloggers and independent audiophiles / videophiles asked about our plan for asearch widget ever since we launched our public beta. In the true spirit of a startup, we rushed andreleased one last week. We have tested this widget with TypePad, WordPress and Blogger. We also released the code that can be inserted in html pages to "retrevofy" your site and bringthe best consumer electronics information. We will be monitoring the adoption of this widget to determine the next steps in this direction. Will it lead to a true mashup?  read more »


Is Retrevo a Product Review Site?

I have been asked this question many times in the last few days. Is Retrevo a product review site? The answer goes a lot deeper than the question. When we started Retrevo last year, we did it because we were frustrated with the complexity of the hi-tech products we bought and used every day. We always were in need of the right answers but there were none (well there were but were extremely hard to get to). In spite of every one of us spending thousands of dollars every year on new products, there was no one to help us *after* we bought a product. And pre-purchase help was incomplete at best. S  read more »


Retrevo Launches its Public Beta at Demo!

We finally let the cat out of the bag today. 9 AM at Demo in San Diego. A perfect setting at Sheraton Marina, near the sea, with lot of exciting new companies launching interesting products. Retrevo team, Manish, Charles and Matthew pulled the launch together in the last minute. At 9:06 AM, Retrevo.com went live. Here is the launch video at Demo. The team is very excited and energized (though a little exhausted too). We got some quick coverage at N  read more »


A Milestone Achieved by the Team!

Yesterday, we started the beta of our product on http://www.retrevo.com. After much debate, we decided to keep it by invitation-only for now. We will be looking for a good time and venue to launch the company, and then start an open beta. Not a shock to anyone engaged with a startup, lot of hard work and sweat went into taking the product from a concept stage to beta. Team worked relentlessly to make the product category complete (from types of products supported and content coverage perspective) and fix all those nasty bugs. Team is excited and is not read  read more »


An Unusual Twist on Advertising!

SpiceWorks introduced a free IT monitoring application for small to mid-size businesses. Did I say "free"? This is not your off-the-shelf open-source monitoring application but rather a fully commercial version (may be they use open source SW to build it but I digress). How do they make money? Well, you guessed it right. Advertising. You have to tolerate Google ads on the management console. Once you get to managing more than 250 devices, you buy a paid license. Interesting approach. If they can find a good distribution channel for this product  read more »


Inching Closer to the Launch!

Today we reviewed our progress and readiness for the public alpha. Good news and not so good news. Good news is that the team fixed majority of the 23 major bugs we had last week. We have only a handful left and the team knows the fixes. These bugs will be behind us in next couple of days. But we are only half way through the operational readiness. We baselined our systems, we know the performance limitations andpossible bottlenecks and are now discussing various alternatives to deal with them. And then we want to move our systems to a colo to ensure high availability once we open up the site  read more »