Technorati’s Sifry talks…almost


David Sifry explains why he doesn’t want to talk aboutthe funding he received. Sifry is being modest and I like the reasons he gives, and respect him for that. “Making a big deal about VC investments is unnecessary, it seems to me. One of the biggest reasons for the dot-com crash was an imbalance of attention: far too much on investments, and far too little on building real businesses with those investments. In our case, we’re putting our investments to work building infrastructure and providing service to a population that’s growing at an explosive rate. Frankly, we’d rather talk about that than about the money others have invested in us. Right now our staff is just thirteen people, all sprinting a marathon. As you probably know, our struggles have been no secret. ,” he writes. David, no hard feeling, but we all wanted to celebrate your good fortune and give you a big whoop!

Look up Technorati on Technorati and read what others including (e.g. Michael Fioritto, paidContent and John Battelle have to say. Here is a link to, the story. Robert Scoble had some doubts about the deal, but Sifry almost talks. And by the way I did get a confirmation from another DFJ general partner, Andreas Stavropoulos, who wrote to me, “Om, Technorati would rather not comment about the details of its funding rounds. I can confirm that DFJ is one of the institutional shareholders of the company but that’s about it.”


Randy Charles Morin

And Sifry is right. Goto Technorati and look up anything. Odds are the query will respond in 30 seconds and often much longer and not at all. The funding is great, but they really have to focus on providing a product worth paying for.


Z… good points. also try feedster. you will see the difference. i guess the money will be put to good use. otherwise its lights out. anyway post bubble blogging phenom…i think i am not sure of the business model in blogging, except i have not seen one. maybe david and his crew have something figured out.



I followed your link and the first six entries are exactly the same entry followed by another entry which is repeated three times. I’ve seen this same type of repetition throughout the site and loads of other usability problems.

A good idea, but a poor implementation which is riding on the hype of this post-bubble blogging phenom.

I have a feeling that Google with their search experience, could flip a switch, and put this company out of business with a far superior implementation.


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