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.
// 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.
// 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.
// Dec 27, 2009 at 6:53 pm
Thanks Daniel! Very useful pointer
// Dec 30, 2009 at 3:00 pm
Daniel, I think this is your difference.
// 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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