A new crop of startups are hoping to stake their claim in the lucrative search landscape by refining and improving search capabilities. In the past two years, more than 30 search engine companies have been funded, reflecting a renewed optimism that Google isn't the final word in search. Search-engine companies such as Vivisimo, Powerset, Hakia, MCN (Mobile Content Networks), ChaCha, Riya and Snap are moving forward with the idea that fortunes can be made -- even if only a small portion of Google's vast revenue streams can be diverted away from the ubiquitous 800-pound gorilla.

We have put together a group of hot new search companies along with their audacious and innovative leaders. Powerset, which has been touted recently in the NY Times, will be debuting soon with it's proprietary natural language search capabilities; Riya has launched a new product, Like.com, to tap into using visual search technology in the promising arena of online shopping; and MCN (Mobile Content Networks) has launched the industry's first real-time mobile search solution. Join moderator Mike Sigal, CEO of the Guidewire Group, Christine Herron, Director of Omidyar Network, and our panelists as we explore the challenges and opportunities for next generation search.

Barney Pell - CEO and Co-Founder, Powerset

Mike Sigal - CEO and Co-Founder, The Guidewire Group

Christine Herron - Director, Omidyar Network
Phyllis Reuther - CTO, MCN (Mobile Content Networks)
Munjal Shah - CEO and Co-Founder, Riya

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Added by Chihiro on March 17, 2007