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Feedster Selects Workbench for Feed of the Year 2005

Feedster, Inc., the pioneer of RSS search with the largest index of searchable feeds, announced that Workbench has placed first in its Feed of the Year competition for 2005. Since 2003, Feedster has selected a Feed of the Day to acknowledge an undiscovered blog or topical feed. The new Feed of the Year award honors writers who have displayed continued excellence in blogging. Each 2005 Feed of the Day was reviewed for uniqueness, freshness, presentation, usability, and community.

“An insider’s blog on blogging and the blogging business. Real news, well reported and written. Tons of comments, despite a complete feed,” said the Feedster judges in their praise of Workbench. “Every single item was news. A big winner, despite infrequent updates. Hey, good stories take time, kids.”

"I'm completely geeked -- Feed of the Year is the first award I've won in 10 years of publishing on the web," said Roger Cadenhead, author of Workbench. "Ten long years of being overlooked by the Webbys, Bloggies, Nobel and MacArthur Genius Grant. I feel like teen-age Courtney Cox being plucked onstage to dance with Bruce Springsteen, but with a less butch haircut."

“I am extremely proud of the selection of Workbench as Feed of the Year. It is the type of blog that continues to show the rest of us what this medium is all about.” says Alan Graham, Feedster’s Community Liaison. “What makes this award different is that it is not a popularity contest. Most blog awards consist of nominations, reviews, and voting so naturally, the more popular blogs always rise to the top. Instead, a panel of independent judges rated blogs across a range of criteria, not just number of links or traffic.”

"Blogs -- really good ones -- aren't finished work. They're alive." says Doc Searls, Blogger & Senior Editor of Linux Journal. "They have pulse and personality. Like human beings, they converse. They involve themselves in the topics their writers care about. They look to move subjects forward, to have effects. They are expressions of utility rather than futility. They are read and pointed to because they are interesting and good for the world. Just like their authors."

Feed of the Year Second Place Winner was Treehugger

Feed of the Year Third Place Winner was Double-Tongued Word-Wrester Dictionary

As Feed of the Year, Workbench will receive a brand new video iPod. Second and Third place winners receive iPod Nanos.

About the Judges:

Betsy Richter, formerly chief editor of Excite.com, founding editor of Oregon Live, has her own blog My Whim is Law, and is captain of Metroblogging's Portland site, one of 30 in an international network.

Dana Blankenhorn, has 25 years of experience writing about Internet content, and ecommerce strategies. A member of Internet Media Assn. Blog: www.a-clue.com Dana’s Moore’s Law blog www.corante/com/mooreslore defines the history of technology.

Russell Shaw is a technology and politics author, journalist, blogger and consultant. Author of seven books, he writes the daily IP Telephony Blog for ZDNet and is a frequent contributor to other tech and news blogs. His website is https://www.russellshaw.net/.

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Chris Redlitz
President

A 20-year Internet and retail industry veteran, Mr. Redlitz co-founded Adauction, the leading online marketplace and exchange for media which leverages the power of the Internet to bring media planners, buyers and sellers together in one marketplace. At Adauction, Mr. Redlitz was successful in building the company to a 150-person business with strong revenues. He also helped raise over $90 million in funding for the company. In 2000, Mr. Redlitz received Ad Age's i20 Award for his accomplishments in the development of interactive advertising and was recognized as one of the most influential people in online media and marketing. Prior to Adauction, Mr. Redlitz served as senior vice president of sales at H.O.T. Coupons, an online coupon division for Money Mailer Inc. Early in his Internet career he helped found one of the first independent online yellow pages, On Village, which was acquired by World Pages. For more than ten years Mr. Redlitz worked at Reebok International where he held management positions in sales and marketing. During his tenure with the company annual sales grew from $15 million to $2.5 billion. True to his entrepreneurial spirit and interest in health and fitness, Mr. Redlitz owned and operated one of the first boutique sports retail chains in Southern California. Mr. Redlitz has a B.S.B.A. from San Diego State University.

December 28, 2005 in Team | Permalink

François Schiettecatte
Co-Founder & Chief Scientist

François Schiettecatte is a successful entrepreneur and technologist. Prior to Feedster, François ran FS-Consulting, Inc, a consulting firm focused on specialized information retrieval applications.  With a strong background in indexing and searching, François developed a web based electronic journal system called ScienceServer.  This product was later sold to Elsevier Science and remains on the market to this day.  In early 2003 François also founded a weblog search engine company, RSS-Search.  Recently François and Scott merged their companies to form the new Feedster, LLC. In addition to his technology activities, François is a visiting Fellow at the City University of London.

December 28, 2005 in Team | Permalink

Oren Michels
VP Business Development

Oren Michels joined Feedster in March 2005. Before Feedster, Oren was president of Colt HR, the leading provider of outsourced benefits administration software and services to the mid market. At Colt, Oren led the company's expansion of its sales, marketing, operations and technology capabilities, and has negotiated long-term technology and outsourced service contracts with major new clients including Google and the California Bankers Association. Before joining Colt, Oren co-founded WiFinder, an international provider of directory services for wi-fi public access hotspots; was President of winebid.com, where he oversaw the company's growth from a three-person startup to a position of global leadership in the online fine and rare wine auction market; and served as COO of two manufacturing companies and as CEO of The Groundlings an entertainment production company in Hollywood.

Oren began his career as a software designer for Hughes Aircraft. Over the past fifteen years, Oren has consulted to companies in a wide range of industries on management, financial, marketing, and information technology issues, and has spoken on these subjects at conferences around the world. He holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from MIT and an MBA in Finance and Entrepreneurial Studies from UCLA's Anderson School.

December 28, 2005 in Team | Permalink

Brent Whitney
Vice President Engineering

Mr. Whitney comes to Feedster from LesConcierges where, as CTO and Co-founder, he focused on delivering CRM solutions to the personal services market. Prior to joining LesConcierges, Brent was CTO and Co-founder of healthshop.com, an eCommerce company aimed at the alternative healthcare market, and was instrumental in raising over $28M in venture capital and strategic partnerships. As technology chief, he directed technology efforts around CRM, WMS and eCommerce initiatives. Prior to healthshop.com, Brent served as senior technology consultant to E*Trade where he led multiple software development teams focused on building real-time content management solutions, including personalization and eCommerce products. Before E*Trade, Brent was Director of Engineering at Starwave Corporation where he was responsible for ESPN.COM, NBA.COM, NFL.COM, various Fantasy Sport Games and proprietary eCommerce technology that supported multiple subscription-based products. Brent spent eight years at The Boeing Company. He earned a BS in Computer Science/Math from Seattle Pacific University and a Masters Degree from Seattle University.

December 28, 2005 in Team | Permalink

Brent Whitney Joins Feedster as Vice President of Engineering

Mr. Whitney comes to Feedster from LesConcierges where, as CTO and Co-founder, he focused on delivering CRM solutions to the personal services market. Mr. Whitney was previously the CTO and Co-founder of healthshop.com, an eCommerce company aimed at the alternative healthcare market. He  was also the Director of Engineering at Starwave Corporation where he was responsible for ESPN.COM, NBA.COM, NFL.COM, various Fantasy Sport Games, and proprietary eCommerce technology that supported multiple subscription-based products.

“We are very excited to have Brent join the company,” said Chris Redlitz, Feedster’s President. “He brings the necessary background to help us build a more scalable infrastructure as our business continues to grow. He is instituting a core development process that dramatically improves our ability to innovate and release new products.  Brent is working closely with our co-founder and Chief Scientist François Schiettecatte“

"Feedster is a market leader in RSS search, syndication, and advertising. I am interested in working with a company that has a great team and growth potential" said Brent Whitney "Feedster has made the necessary moves to build an organization that addresses the opportunities and needs in this evolving marketplace."

About Feedster
Feedster is an established and rapidly growing pioneer in RSS-based technology and services. The company helps individuals and organizations harness the rich information available in the universe of RSS feeds, which includes blogs, traditional news services, podcasts, e-commerce sites, and entertainment properties. Feedster’s search engine scans the Blogosphere constantly, providing a fresh look at the more than 19 million sources it tracks. Each day, Feedster adds millions of new content from existing feeds as well as finding tens of thousands of new sources. Feedster’s syndicated content service enables web publishers to aggregate dynamically-updated content that can be customized for their own site visitors.  Feedster’s advertising network matches marketers with the premium demographic audience of RSS subscribers through highly targeted channels in numerous vertical categories.

December 20, 2005 in Press Releases | Permalink

Perl Engineer

Summary
We are looking for a Senior Perl Engineer to join our Engineering team. As a Senior Perl Engineer you will work with a team of engineers customizing and implementing new and existing products.


Responsibilities
+Create, extend, and maintain Perl-based web and RSS crawler
+Collaborate and work with other team members, product management, and management to define requirements that meet company's needs
+Combination of large and small projects

Requirements

To Apply
If you meet the qualifications and are looking for a challenging opportunity, please apply by sending your resume and salary requirements via email to Jobs At Feedster DOT com.

December 12, 2005 in Jobs at Feedster | Permalink

Systems Administrator

Summary
We are looking for a self-motivated, high-energy individual to join our team as a System Administrator. In such role you will be responsible for management of Linux and Solaris servers and all associated software used for the production infrastructure of the company. You will be primarily responsible for the management of over 50+ Linux and Solaris systems and associated software used for the development, test and support of our search engine and related technologies. In such role, you will work in a team to own the support of the IT infrastructure, supporting all aspects (client and server) of the network(s). This job requires working effectively with various departments with competing demands.

Responsibilities
+ Take ownership of supporting the production infrastructure of Feedster Inc.
+ Support product development though all phases of the software development lifecycle to ensure  continual availability of hardware and software resources.
+ Ensure the smooth running of resources required for software development including development sandboxes, test systems, and production systems.
+ Maintain third party software versions and updates.
+ Setup and maintain reference systems for issue verification and testing.
+ Configuration and deployment of new systems.
+ Collaborate with team members and various departments for continual system improvements and security enhancements.
+ Regularly communicate priorities and status to manager and various departments as appropriate.
+ User and desktop support in a mixed OS environment, including Mac OSX and Windows XP.

Requirements
+Minimum of 3-5 years of practical experience and increasing responsibilities in the following areas:
 - Setup, maintenance, and administration of Linux and Sun Solaris systems (and automation of such) including timely patch deployment.
 - Setup, maintenance, and administration of NIS and LDAP directories.
 - Setup, maintenance, and administration of two or more of the following databases: Oracle,   -DB2, PostgreSQL, MySQL.
 - Configuration and management of Networking infrastructure: TCP/IP, DNS, SMTP, DHCP, NFS, routing etc. Scripting   (bash/sh, PERL, Python).
+ Self–directed but also the ability to receive direction in a positive manner.
+ Ability to work in various   locations as needed (office, datacenter).
+ Ability to rotate responsibility for 24-hour “on call” duties and work additional hours outside of  standard business hours as needed.
+ Proven success and ability to adapt to a fast paced, continuously changing environment.
+ Excellent communication skills with the ability to work effectively with minimum supervision.
+ Strong desire to learn, grow, and innovate.


Feedster, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age, national origin, religion, physical or mental disabilities, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other unlawful basis.

To Apply
If you meet the requirements and are looking for a challenging opportunity, please apply by sending your resume and salary requirements via email to Jobs At Feedster DOT com.

December 12, 2005 in Jobs at Feedster | Permalink

PHP Engineers

Summary
We are looking for broadly skilled and highly technical individuals with strong organizational skills to work as PHP/MySQL Web programmers. The ideal candidate will have a minimum of 3 years experience working with PHP technology and Web-based applications.  Must be willing to work on-site! (San Francisco, CA).

Responsibilities

Requirements


To Apply
If you meet the qualifications and are looking for a challenging opportunity, please apply by sending your resume and salary requirements via email to Jobs At Feedster DOT com.

December 12, 2005 in Jobs at Feedster | Permalink

Biz360 and Feedster Partner to Help Marketing and Communications Executives Measure Buzz, Surface Threats and Opportunities in Blogosphere

New Service to Provide Integrated Dashboard of Blog and Mainstream Media;
Advanced Text Analytics Automate Sentiment, Surface Topics and Influencers

SAN MATEO, Calif. – December 12, 2005 – Biz360®, the leader in market intelligence solutions, and Feedster Inc., the pioneer of RSS content syndication and search with the largest index of searchable feeds, today announced a partnership to help marketing and communications professionals glean intelligence from the increasing volume of blog and wiki content discussing their company, products and competitors, along with trends that may impact their businesses.

The new service, BlogView™, is the latest expansion of Market360®, Biz360’s award-winning market intelligence application. BlogView will leverage Biz360’s market-leading technologies to automate sentiment ratings and surface topics and influencers related to specific companies, products and trends. Biz360 uniquely provides this level of relevance by subject, which allows marketing and communications professionals to create and act on specific role or issue-based dashboards that can now present mainstream media and blog measurement in a single view.

Feedster will direct Biz360 to active blog feeds, enabling Biz360 to collect the content for text analysis. The partnership will allow Biz360 to identify and add new blog sources as they appear on the Internet. Biz360 is currently tracking over 15 million unique sources through Feedster, which includes blogs and wikis. Feedster has the ability to separate the postings of real value to marketers from fake content sites like splogs (spam blogs) that are not real blogs. Quality, up-to-date content and relevant analytics are both critical to market intelligence solutions.

“New forms of media and delivery vehicles, such as blogs, wikis and RSS, have created new challenges for marketers,” said Deborah Eastman, chief marketing officer for Biz360. “Our vision has always been to provide clients with a 360-degree view of their market and it is clear that postings and conversations occurring on blogs can have a profound impact on perceptions of brand value and company performance. With Feedster refreshing 19 million feeds each day, we can help clients ensure that nothing is developing below their radar.”

“The Blogosphere is noisy and hard to track since for every legitimate blog there are dozens more that are essentially fake. Feedster has an advanced ability to monitor everything in the blog world and provide Biz360 postings that are meaningful and actionable,” said Chris Redlitz, president of Feedster. “Feedster’s continuously updated database of active RSS feeds will help power the Biz360 service, providing marketing and communications professionals with reliable, best-of-breed monitoring and analysis capabilities.”

“Although media channels continue to fragment and the mass market continues to move toward niche audiences, disparate media sources are still connected and information moves freely between them,” continued Eastman. “An integrated view of different media types helps marketing and communications professionals understand the trends, influencers and dynamics of their market. Feedster’s proven leadership in developing and maintaining a comprehensive collection of active blog feeds on the Internet enables Biz360 to deliver the market feedback loop organizations require to stay on top of market trends and measure the impact of their brand investments.”

BlogView is available now as part of Market360, which includes RSS support, or as a standalone service. The capabilities will also be available through LexisNexis® MarketImpact™ and StrategyOne’s MediaMind.

About Biz360
Biz360’s market intelligence solutions provide real-time insight to Global 2000 and government decision-makers, so they can take action to shape the market and improve their competitive position. Our flagship offering, Market360, continuously analyzes global news and information aggregated across print, broadcast and online sources, including blogs and stock message boards, to deliver real-time intelligence. Industry leaders use Market360 to evaluate market sentiment, respond to competitive threats, monitor trends and issues, and measure marketing performance.

Our clients include AstraZeneca, Harley-Davidson Motor Company, PacifiCare Health Systems, Sun Microsystems, Verizon Services Group and Xerox. Biz360 can be reached at 866.424.9360 or www.biz360.com/.

About Feedster, Inc.

Feedster (www.feedster.com) is an established and rapidly growing pioneer in RSS-based technology and services. The company helps individuals and organizations harness the rich information available in the universe of RSS feeds, which includes blogs, traditional news services, e-commerce sites, and entertainment properties. Feedster’s search engine scans the Blogosphere constantly, providing a fresh look at the more than 19 million sources it tracks. Each day, Feedster adds millions of new content from existing feeds as well as finding tens of thousands of new sources. Feedster’s syndicated content service enables web publishers to aggregate dynamically-updated content that can be customized for their own site visitors.  Feedster’s advertising network matches marketers with the premium demographic audience of RSS subscribers through highly targeted channels in numerous vertical categories.

The privately-held company is based in San Francisco.

December 12, 2005 in Press Releases | Permalink

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