#52: Back from TechCrunch

So, my son and I helped close out the TechCrunch party. We got there at 11 and stayed until 1:15 a.m.

I, and a small group, were gathered around Riya CEO Munjal Shah. We were trying to find out if the rumors were true. He wouldn’t confirm nor deny any rumors that Riya was being sold to “G.”

Anyway, that means that we can still talk about Riya. Heheh. The brilliance of their concept lies not in the face detection, but in all the metadata they collect. At least that’s what Munjal told me. Turns out they look for other hints to recognize people in the photo. For instance, my son was wearing a wild tie-dyed shirt tonight. You would have been able to recognize my son by simply his shirt, even if you couldn’t see his face. So, Riya’s system stores both your face details and your shirt’s details.

There’s more, too. Lots of attention data is being passed back and forth. Of course that got Steve Gillmor to make a plea for Riya to join the Attention Trust. I’m starting to see a whole attention system that’s possible. I see that Nick Bradbury, who now is a key exec at NewsGator (he authored the most excellent FeedDemon) is talking about attention too.

Damn, I wish more people understood the implications of such a system.

Anyway, the ever present Scott Beale snapped a picture of Tara Hunt and Munjal hanging out together.

Oh, and I won’t even try to name all the geeks I saw at the party tonight. TechCrunch parties are really becoming a “must attend” thing in Silicon Valley.

Comments

  1. Dennis Forbes said “If Riya is as capable as we’ve been told, I’d say that $60 million would be grossly undervaluing the IP – This would make a photo service stand head, shoulders, and torso above its competition, and I’d be looking for a number more like $400-$500 million.”

    Thought that would be interesting to tell. And by the way, there is many oh-so-wrong face detection software out there after decades upon decades of research in the area, it’s not funny.

    I also still don’t get why it should be a thick client.

  2. Dennis Forbes said “If Riya is as capable as we’ve been told, I’d say that $60 million would be grossly undervaluing the IP – This would make a photo service stand head, shoulders, and torso above its competition, and I’d be looking for a number more like $400-$500 million.”

    Thought that would be interesting to tell. And by the way, there is many oh-so-wrong face detection software out there after decades upon decades of research in the area, it’s not funny.

    I also still don’t get why it should be a thick client.

  3. i commented earlier that MS should buy them out…or atleast have such a feature by default in Vista…this is gonna be huge…really…

  4. i commented earlier that MS should buy them out…or atleast have such a feature by default in Vista…this is gonna be huge…really…

  5. Partytime At Techcrunch Residence (Update)

    Riya launch party tomorrow night with Tim and 200 others at the TechCrunch Residence. Have fun, Herr Bonnemann. Tell us on sunday about the rumors. You’re in the eye of the hurricane … Enjoy!

    Update [Sa 2005-11-19 11:30]: Robert Scoble reports fr…

  6. You guys play stupid blog games. Start rumors all over town and then point to others, when it really came from you. Phsaw.

    Rubel —> Shel —> Scoble —> Web —> Om “I’m forever blowing bubbles, Pretty bubbles in the air, They fly so high
    Nearly reach the sky, Then like my dreams they fade and die” (with grand apologies to West Ham United FC).

  7. You guys play stupid blog games. Start rumors all over town and then point to others, when it really came from you. Phsaw.

    Rubel —> Shel —> Scoble —> Web —> Om “I’m forever blowing bubbles, Pretty bubbles in the air, They fly so high
    Nearly reach the sky, Then like my dreams they fade and die” (with grand apologies to West Ham United FC).

  8. TechCrunch Meetup/Riya Launch Party

    Congratulations to the Ojos team! Joseph and I were at the TechCrunch Meetup #4 – Riya Launch Party. The event was a success. Thanks to Mike for being a great host and for Munjal, Tara and Ojos team for the food and drinks.

    Do you know who these f…

  9. At the Riya Launch Party

    We saw plenty of these shirts tonight. Clarise and I told Tara that we would take daytime TheraFlu, and make the Riya, launch party, and so we did. Many thanks to Tara for adding us to the list.

    It was great fun, and I’m sure that Tara gave a gre…

  10. Christopher: hmmm, where did you see me reporting on the rumors? And, how do you know they are false? Sounds to me you’re just jealous that you didn’t know first.

  11. Christopher: hmmm, where did you see me reporting on the rumors? And, how do you know they are false? Sounds to me you’re just jealous that you didn’t know first.

  12. Riya’s Launch Party @ TechCrunch

    We reached a new milestone in our ongoing experiment to see how many people can fit inside my house before the police come and arrest me: over 250 last night (previous record was 200ish) at the Riya Launch Party.
    The thing I liked best about this par…

  13. Ahhh please…you spread it around, and it pops up all over and then you can point to it, how you get away with all those supposedly highly-sacred MFST NDAs. Then filling in Wagged and others as to the “blogosphere beat”. Or sometimes they get you to trial-ballon trickle. I know your game. Being that for more than a year, I helped you pull it off.

    Just jealous? Is that going to become your standard comeback line when you are backed into a corner? But actually I did hear something before, non-blogger rumors. Some of my sources nearly have the eyes of God. But you assume too much if you think I care about some start-up. Just happy to set the record straight when the blogosphere gets full of itself. Many informational sources you know.

  14. Ahhh please…you spread it around, and it pops up all over and then you can point to it, how you get away with all those supposedly highly-sacred MFST NDAs. Then filling in Wagged and others as to the “blogosphere beat”. Or sometimes they get you to trial-ballon trickle. I know your game. Being that for more than a year, I helped you pull it off.

    Just jealous? Is that going to become your standard comeback line when you are backed into a corner? But actually I did hear something before, non-blogger rumors. Some of my sources nearly have the eyes of God. But you assume too much if you think I care about some start-up. Just happy to set the record straight when the blogosphere gets full of itself. Many informational sources you know.

  15. Do Web 2.0 Companies Have Launch Parties?

    They do, if they are Riya. They also buy too much swag, which really does not seem to be Web 2.0. Well, it is actually not just the launch party and swag that has me scratching my head in confusion – it is that the launch party seems to represent a r…

  16. Is Web 2.0 just one big party?

    Am I the only one who feels left out of the whole buzz and hum that is Web 2.0, with its launch parties and takeover parties and Flickr galleries of same? I’m joking, more or less, but sometimes Toronto — or just about anywhere that isn&#8…

  17. Do you really think that just replacing the word “Google” with “G” should count?

    If I were the judge you’d have to start over at #1 ’till you got it right.

    (But then you’d probably never make it if you did that, hehe)

  18. Do you really think that just replacing the word “Google” with “G” should count?

    If I were the judge you’d have to start over at #1 ’till you got it right.

    (But then you’d probably never make it if you did that, hehe)

  19. [...] Robert Scoble has a post from November 19 detailing the TechCrunch/Riya launch party.  In it, he details a conversation he had with Ojos CEO Munjal Shah.  Munjal talked about the facial recognition technology that has us all salivating, but he also revealed something I did not know: that Riya also uses other characteristics to identify certain people in photographs.  Scoble’s son was wearing a tie-die shirt that night, and Riya would have stored information about that shirt so that it could better recognize him in case a photo doesn’t have a clear shot of his face. [...]