Former Softie to take real-time social-search startup public

Former Softie to take real-time social-search startup public

Summary: Ken Moss, a former General Manager of Microsoft Search, is set to take his new "social search" startup public on June 18, if all goes as planned. CrowdEye, a "custom-built social search engine," tracks discussions on Twitter.

SHARE:

Ken Moss, a former General Manager of Microsoft Search, is set to take his new "social search" startup public on June 18, if all goes as planned.

Moss' new venture, a company known as CrowdEye, has been in quiet mode for the past nine months. The plan is for the company to go public tomorrow, according to Moss, who is CrowdEye's co-founder and president.

CrowdEye, a "custom-built social search engine," tracks discussions on Twitter. Here's a description of CrowdEye plans to work from the company's Web site:

"CrowdEye is a new generation of search engine which looks at the worldwide web in a new way. By tracking discussions on Twitter, we can help our users find out what’s important to them right now in real time. CrowdEye has created innovative technology to scan through tweets, retweets, twitter links and more. We then provide you with powerful yet easy ways to slice, dice, summarize and categorize the data to answer your questions. Whether you’re interested in following your brand, baseball, celebrities, movies, or anything else people are talking about – CrowdEye can help you know what people are thinking."

Moss led the Microsoft Search engineering team for five years before "taking a sabattical" in the fall of 2007. Microsoft said at the time that Moss would return to the company. He never did, and Harry Shum ended up replacing him.

I've been wondering whether Microsoft -- somewhere in the company -- also is working on some kind of real-time search engine. No word so far....

Topics: Browser, CXO, Microsoft, Social Enterprise

About

Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

Kick off your day with ZDNet's daily email newsletter. It's the freshest tech news and opinion, served hot. Get it.

Talkback

4 comments
Log in or register to join the discussion
  • Sabatical - HR need to challenge this policy

    I hope investors in CrowdEye did their due diligence on the founding team.
    ThyagaV
  • RE: Former Softie to take real-time social-search startup public

    I think "take public" is a bit confusing -- I assumed this was an IPO!
    rbradbury@...
  • RE: Former Softie to take real-time social-search startup public

    9 months for an inane Twitter search engine searching self-indulgent Tweets from narcissistic-personality-disorder Twits? Stop the world.

    And "real-time" is the new fake geeky buzzword for fluff conversations, not worth keeping (or searching) 15 milliseconds after they occur.

    Microsoft and Search. One of these things is not like the other.
    christophercoulter@...
  • RE: Former Softie to take real-time social-search startup public

    What's going on. A particular person acknowledged thru the vast majority of your own varied blogposts therefore i the best possible alleging many thanks for one's own utilising article content. [url=http://www.nfl-rush.com/]pittsburgh steelers jerseys[/url],[url=http://www.nfl-rush.com/aaron-rodgers-jersey-large-aaron-rodgers-jersey-women]aaron rodgers jersey[/url],[url=http://www.nfl-rush.com/tim-tebow-jersey-tim-tebow-jersey]tim tebow jersey[/url],[url=http://www.nfl-rush.com/drew-brees-jersey-kids-drew-brees-jersey-small]drew brees jersey[/url],[url=http://www.nfl-rush.com/dez-bryant-jersey-women-dez-bryant-jersey-youth]dez bryant jersey[/url], Wonderful conditions. Let me manifest the moment more exactly as only professed when they're due in order to understand from the with lots of further.
    dsfwrryd3401-24353672353182640509235579913603