Powerset gets bought by Microsoft for $100M+.
So - this was a soft rumor a couple months ago here in Silly Valley - and it appears it is now official - Powerset, a natural language search company, was bought by Microsoft today for $100M+.
I'd like to congratulate Barney Pell, his investors, and his team at Powerset on a successful exit - I know that earlier this year, I remember seeing them sweating to get their first product shipped - which they did do, for wikipedia.
If you haven't used Powerset - give it a shot - I think it's a fantastic tool, although I am biased given that I both know the founders and understand the technology behind it.
I think this is a great validation that natural language search is getting it's day, which is great news for Speak With Me, Inc. too!
Speaking of Speak With Me, I have a lot of awesome news to share about that - news that I'm not allowed to blog about for the time being. Good things come to those who wait!
Mio Knight Rider GPS!
About darn time!
Oh and if you really want the Knight Rider experience... wait till the GPS systems & mobile phones with Speak With Me's software inside of it come out!
So a few minutes ago, I got this message from a friend through Facebook...
Ryan sent you a message.
So I tried to DM you on Twitter just now and found out
you don't follow me. I'm going to have
to give you a hard time for that.
Anyway, I've got a 9am call that I'm taking in my car on
the way up to PA. If I'm not there at
10, I'm on my way. See you soon.
I think it's official now that, at least in Silicon Valley, Facebook has replaced email (or at the very least heavily supplemented it - and it appears Twitter is fast replacing SMS.
Funny that a few years ago I had a conversation with Luke Nosek about Facebook replacing email, especially for the younger generation - and I know shortly afterwards someone from the Founders fund started using that line (cause hey, it was true) - and now it appears Twitter is fast replacing SMS.
Congratulations to my friends at Facebook and Twitter - you are thoroughly continuing to enhance and change the way we all communicate!
Ok, Now i have to go have Ryan ream me for not following him on Twitter yet.