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R.I.P. Modista

December 26th, 2009 · 9 Comments · General

Long-time readers may recall my post about visual search startup Modista last November, or this guest post by one of its principals. Unfortunately, the story has a sad ending. I hope that both this technology and its developers find a good home.

9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Panos Ipeirotis // Dec 27, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    Any hints on which company blocked the operation of Modista? Just curious to know what was the patent that effectively prohibited Modista from operating.

  • 2 Daniel Tunkelang // Dec 27, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    Modista was incorporated as Ugmode, Inc. A search for [“v. ugmode”] is instructive.

    Sorry if I’m being a bit indirect. Given that my present employer has its own visual search technology, I’m being careful. In contrast, my previous employer had nothing to do with this space.

    I encourage you to do the research and come to your own conclusions. You’re also welcome to comment here, but I’ll be somewhat constrained in my replies.

  • 3 Panos Ipeirotis // Dec 27, 2009 at 6:53 pm

    Thanks Daniel! Very useful pointer

  • 4 Lee Johnson // Dec 30, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    Daniel, I think this is your difference.

  • 5 Daniel Tunkelang // Dec 31, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    Lee, I tried to make a difference, but all I really accomplished was to post the story for posterity. I can only hope that stories like these are few and far between.

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