blinkx (www.blinkx.com), the smartest thing on your computer, is changing the way that people think about search technology. Free-to-download, blinkx automatically and intelligently links to relevant information anywhere and in any format: on the Web, in the news or on the desktop. Utilizing blinkx, users are no longer limited to Boolean keyword search. Instead, blinkx automatically and implicitly conducts searches based on the content being view by each individual user. blinkx is a privately-held firm based in San Francisco and London.
Local files on your desktop (no commercial links are placed on the following channels):
- MS Excel
- MS Word
- Stuff I've Seen (SIS)
- World Wide Web (no commercial links are placed on this channel)
- Online News Sites (no commercial links are placed on this channel)
- Shopping (carries paid-for product and services)
- Broadcast News (commercial free)
- Blogs (no commercial links are placed on this channel)
- Vizualizer (VIZ) (no commercial links)
Advertisers and commerce providers can apply to have products included in the Shopping Channel by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
blinkx's view on adware, spyware, pop ups and paid inclusion
blinkx is deeply committed to user privacy and totally against the principles behind spyware and adware. A user's usage of the Internet is private to them and should never be passed on or used by third parties.
blinkx makes no such record of usage and users remain anonymous to us. We consider Pop ups are an intrusion and blinkx will not utilize such methods. We also believe that any suggestions links or search results should not be tainted by paid inclusion. Such practices mean that users cannot differentiate between links there on merit and because of payment.
blinkx does serve commercial suggestions on its clearly marked shopping channel which users can elect to ignore or disable. We use the income from this to fund our service.
For more information, contact:
Julia Blystone, Outcast Communications
Tel +1 (415) 392 8282
Emma Cohen, Hotwire
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7608 2500
Suranga Chandratillake, co-founder of blinkx, is an IT innovator with over seven years' frontline experience.
He received his MA in computer science from the University of Cambridge, England specialising in distributed processing architectures. Following his university years, Suranga worked as a software developer for Morgan Stanley, creating global risk resolution systems as well as on next-generation voice recognition technologies at netdecisions, an IT consultancy group.
While working at netdecisions, Suranga joined a small Cambridge-based technology start-up called anondesign, working in the area of commerce-focused content management and delivery. In true start-up fashion, he held numerous roles including presales, product development and software development. Another Cambridge-based technology firm - Autonomy Corporation - caught Suranga's attention and he joined the company where he became the operational CTO. After three successful years at Autonomy, Suranga went on to found blinkx.
Mark Opzoomer has more than twenty years of experience in business and finance. From July 2001 until December 2003, he served as European Managing Director & Regional Vice-President of Yahoo! (Nasdaq: YHOO). Prior to joining Yahoo!, Mr. Opzoomer was deputy chief executive of Hodder Headline PLC, a London Stock Exchange-listed international publishing company. Mr. Opzoomer has also served in various positions within Virgin Group under Richard Branson. In 1991, Virgin Mastertronic Group was sold to Sega Enterprises to form Sega Europe where Mr Opzoomer was Commercial and Finance Director until 1994.
Mr. Opzoomer holds an MBA from IMD, Lausanne, Switzerland, and was awarded a Bachelor of Commerce, Honors, from Queen's University, Ontario, Canada. Mr. Opzoomer also completed the London and Wharton Business Schools Directors Forum, a program for public company directors. In 1981, Mr. Opzoomer qualified as a chartered accountant with PriceWaterhouse Coopers.