Conduit is announcing 12 million toolbars downloaded (i would prefer to know the number of active users/usage) and is doing 10m USD revenue. VentureBeat has the news
This was not in a top blog but the ex GM of Microsoft Israel invests in Gizmox (not Gizmoz another israeli startup). It looks too sophisticated for my tired brain but it looks like they
By the way if you are an Israeli startup and think you could get covered by TechCrunch (if you prefer another blog this is also possible, but TechCrunch is also good :) ) just let me know, i ll be happy to help or even to cover.
Update 29/08: i forgot to mention SmartShopper that has a ..hmmm a smart shopping plugin for your browser and that has reached outstanding results to date (2m active users already). The story written by Allen Stern is on CenterNetworks
update # 2 : and now MetaCafe that is hosted at Digg for video rating. Mike has the story on TechCrunch. Orli on Go2Web2
ValleyWag loves to take shots at TechCrunch (and many others), but for some curious reasons they missed to mention that the origin of that story on world web clones was actually born on TechCrunch (i wrote it) and instead quotes a unknown blog (story published a week after) that probably read the story on TechCrunch (both France and US) and on this blog too. The pic btw has my mark since i added the red stringline on the French clones.
So let me take a shot at ValleyWag: is this because the story is showcasing some obvious americano-centrism that you preferred not to mention the original TechCrunch US post (that you guys read since you don't miss a coma to shot at this blog)? Or just because it was funnier to shot a french frog blog that probably does not know your blog and won't react? Or maybe lack of digging which is usually typical of Valleywag (a bit too much in my taste)?
What is more disturbing is that Valleywag fails to see the real point. Business2.0 article is full of mistakes not only in France but other countries too. But this would not have made a good post on Valley...
PS: I know taking a shot at valleywag may cost me some shots in return, but this was too tempting
update:a friend of mine informed me that the writer of the post on ValleyWag, Owen Thomas is nothing else than a previous Business2.0 collaborator...this might explain a few things
This was published in Business 2.0 print magazine. I covered the subject in TechCrunch. Most of the information here is inaccurate or wrong (For France for sure and even for India). For Israel the companies quoted are more local adaptation than clones. And not to forget that israeli MetaCafe was there BEFORE Youtube. Business 2.0 is getting tired i think
I don't know if you have been following the whole so called blog-Gate with Microsoft which i believe is totally ridiculous, since it would assume you need to disclose an ad-format is an ad-format.
Michael Arrington was among the targets of the attack. He wrote today what i personally consider as his best post ever addressing directly CNET that honestly does not understand what they are talking about. This is also probably the best answer to the often asked question of conflicts of interest with bloggers
I do not always agree with Mike attitude and ideas but on that one i totally support him.
I think as long as bloggers disclose they interest and place clearly ad formats in their blog the world should leave them alone.
Thanks to journalist and blogger Capucine Cousin for interviewing me on an article released today in LesEchos (premium access), the largest economical daily newspaper, concerning widgets and advertising.
This is an interesting question to know how those widgets will become efficient new media for advertiser, since they enable user to use online services without necessity of a browser (and then presence traditionnal media real estate). The question can be seen twofold:
Will advertiser embed advertising in existing widgets (online of desktop)?
Will advertiser create special advertising widgets to get to users differently?
It is early to say but i anticipate this (advertising widgets) trend to become much more popular with Vista launch, Live.com and others to become default home page of millions
After the Big Brother, today we launched Crunboard France a web job board for the french market using new edgeio market places which enables you in a few click to create your own craiglist (more info on TechMeme). We ll see soon if it was making sense but i was receiving a lot of request for it and many companies and startups were looking for talents. And as everyone knows talent is hard to find. Maybe they read TechCrunch France? who knows..
Thanks to John Dowd from edgeio for his help. Already a few french and swiss web startups (DailyMotion, Ziki, Ads Click, Wikio) have published a few listings.
Good publications in french media with interviews and quotes.
One in LaTribune on the new web startup investment (available here on premium access) where several funds are quoted as well as my friend Jeff Clavier. I also give my opinion about current trends and mention the category TERMINUS i created in TechCrunch France. Thanks to Sandrine Cassini for the interest.
This is the (huge) surprise of the week. TechCrunch France feedburner account suddenly got at the highest high to close to 50k readers (until now around 8500).
I initially thought it was a bug until i started to inquire and got a conversation with Feedburner CEO that explained me that it was not an error, but just the result of Yahoo starting to “feed” FeedBurner with real number of subscribers at MyYahoo (confirmed in FeedBurner forum).