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Semantic Demo Session - Zite, Topicmarks and Diffbot!

Zite - a semantically powered, personalized, magazine for the iPad that pulls articles of interest, including those feeds you provide! It has been the one of most downloaded app for the last few weeks.

Presenter: Mark Johnson is a project manager with a search startup addiction.  After cutting his teeth at SAP, he worked at Sidestep (acquired by Kayak), Kosmix, and Powerset (acquired by Microsoft).  Mark currently works as a Senior Program Manager Lead at Bing and is an advisor to Zite.  You can follow his shenanigans on Twitter at @philosophygeek (warning: content can be  . . . intellectual).

Topicmarks - is a web service that creates smart, interactive synopses from electronic documents in minutes. They use the most advanced natural-language processing technology available to understand the true meaning of your text, summarize it and retain all its facts forever. Upload multiple texts and Topicmarks becomes a personalized knowledge base: finding links between texts, grouping texts around topics, and containing all the facts from all documents the user ever reads.

Presenter: Karl Dawson is the CTO of Topicmarks Inc.  Prior to Topicmarks, Mr. Dawson was CTO of Deltavista, a data broker based in Switzerland which connects large volumes of data from a myriad of public and private sources through sophisticated record linkage.  There, Mr. Dawson not only designed the software and data architecture, but contributed to key parts of the implementation. Before Deltavista, Mr. Dawson was employed at the Amdahl Research Laboratory in Toronto, where he worked on relational database systems with an embedded rule-based engine.  Earlier, Mr. Dawson worked five years at I.P. Sharp and Associates in Toronto implementing new language primitives for the company's APL interpreter.  Mr. Dawson holds university degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science

Diffbot has recently released a set of free APIs that allow developers
to turn any web document into a real-time stream of structured data.
The Diffbot algorithm uses machine vision techniques to analyze the
structure of documents and extract key metadata.  Diffbot technology
is used by Fortune 50 companies for real-time search and content
aggregation.  Two internal beta products have been developed by
Diffbot using the technology: a personalized news reader and a web
page to RSS service.

Presenter: Mike Tung is the CEO of Diffbot and designed the original algorithm to help him keep track of class websites.  Previously Mike has worked in software development roles at Microsoft and served as a strategic consultant at Yahoo!, Amazon, and eBay.  He was one of the founding members of theFind, currently the world's second largest shopping search engine, where he developed a web-scale information extraction architecture.  Prior to working at Diffbot, he co-founded video search site Click.tv (now Cisco). Mike holds a US Patent in statistical machine learning, a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences from UC Berkeley and a M.S. in Artificial Intelligence from Stanford, where he is currently on a leave of absence from the PhD.

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  • Peter B.

    Great turn out with Super presentations. Special thanks to Zite, Topicmarks and Diffbot!

    April 6, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very interesting for a first bite! I now have Zite... And thanks for the opportunity to pitch @mlstate :)

    April 6, 2011

  • Kimo C.

    until rigor is added to this field and there are objective statistical measures of quality - i think it will be limited in value.

    April 6, 2011

  • Roland

    Thanks everybody for the great feedback on @Topicmarks yesterday #SVST. We're looking forward to you trying out www.Topicmarks.com and for your expert suggestions for further improvements!
    @CyberRoland - chief chef at Topicmarks

    April 6, 2011

  • Mike T.

    I didn't have many slides, but I just posted them up on my personal site for you: http://miketung.com/downloads/Diffbot_SemWeb_Demo_Session.pptx

    Thanks again to all the organizers and presenters! It was great catching up with you guys afterwards.

    April 6, 2011

  • Shannon

    By the way, will any of the presenters slides be made available to the group?

    April 6, 2011

  • Shannon

    This was a great Meetup. Thanks to the hosts and especially the presenters for a worthwhile presentation and discussion.

    April 6, 2011

  • Shannon

    It would have been nice if the presenters had had more time to get into how their products work. More time for presenters in general would have been good, especially since it was kind of a long trip to SF for those of us in the South Bay.

    April 6, 2011

  • Peter B.

    This is going to be a very exciting meetup! Looking forward to seeing you all!

    April 5, 2011

  • Shamod L.

    Very excited about this meetup. Looking forward to seeing you all afte a while.

    March 29, 2011

  • Peter B.

    Although we are full up, things change at the last minute and I would encourage you to get on the waiting list!

    March 29, 2011

  • Pronoy S.

    Peter and Shamod are wonderful organizers. I organize a personal health tech meetup in Palo Alto. We are having a talk on Semantic Search Technology on March 31st. Some of you might be interested in attending- http://www.meetup.com/SVPersonal-Health-Tech/#initialized

    1 · March 23, 2011

  • Peter B.

    Check out the Twitter Love for Topicmarks! - http://twitter.com/#!/search/%23topicmarks

    March 22, 2011

  • Peter B.

    Check out the Twitter Love for Zite! - http://twitter.com/#!/search/%23zite

    March 22, 2011

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