• The SDForum Vertical Search event Tuesday, June 28, 2005 - 09:00AM to 05:30PM
    Network Meeting Center
    5201 Great America Parkway
    Santa Clara, CA 95054
    Main Event Series

The SDForum Vertical Search event



  • Vertical LEAP



    David Hills, LookSmart - Keynote presentation as a PDF

    Vertical Leap Photos

    Pre-registration is now unavailable.
    Please register at the door.


    Program Overview

    Search and search engines are changing the way we live, work, and play. First Yahoo and now Google have created search empires and platforms generating billions of dollars of value, and others like AskJeeves, MSN Search, and Amazon's A9 are also competing for search market share. More recently, local search capabilities have become popular on Yahoo and Google, AOL, and AskJeeves. And in the past year, shopping search and travel search engines have established significant attention by focusing on popular niches for search. Now a whole new crop of venture-funded startups focused on vertical search are beginning to enter the field and draw attention. Search is going Vertical -- vertical search engines are available for local businesses, product & shopping search, travel search, weblog & news search, and search for classified & jobs listings, with more domain-specific search engines debuting every month.

    So is Vertical Search just some new hype for Yahoo and Google? Or is there real opportunity for new startups to emerge as domain-killer search engines? Will the big players crush these new upstarts, or do they have a shot? And will Microsoft try to “extend and embrace” these new young Internet Turks, in order to LEAP over Y! and G? The answer to these and other burning Internet 2.0 questions can be found at Vertical LEAP, a 1-day special event on vertical search hosted by SDForum and your friendly neighborhood venture capitalists. Join us for a whirlwind tour of the world of vertical search, and an overview of leading search engines in both popular and emerging new markets for domain-specific search.





    Program Chairs:

    Dave McClure, Director of Marketing, Simply Hired

    Jeff Clavier, Founder and Managing Partner, SoftTech Venture Consulting


    8:30-9:00am Registration / Continental Breakfast

    9:00-9:45am Keynote

    Dave Hills, CEO, LookSmart

    10:00-10:45am Investing in Vertical Search

    Moderator: Jeff Clavier, SoftTech VC

    Mark Kvamme, Sequoia Capital

    Chris Moore, Redpoint Ventures

    Theresia Ranzetta, Accel Partners

    Andreas Stavropoulos, Draper Fisher Jurvetson

    11:00-11:45am Local Search

    Moderator: Charlene Li, Forrester Research

    Brady Forrest, MSN

    Paul Levine, Yahoo! Local

    Shailesh Rao, Google

    Daniel Read, Ask Jeeves

    12:00-1:00pm Lunch Provided

    1:00-1:45pm Shopping Search

    Moderator: Gary Stein, Jupiter Research

    Mark Bradley, NexTag

    Graham Jones, PriceGrabber

    Chris Saito, Yahoo Shopping

    Michael Yang, Become.com

    2:00-2:45pm Travel Search

    Moderator: Niki Scevak, Jupiter Research

    Phil Carpenter, SideStep

    Vajid Jafri, Cfares

    Scott Jampol, Yahoo Travel / FareChase

    Beatrice Tarka, Mobissimo

    3:00-3:45pm Classifieds / Job Search

    Moderator: John Zappe, Classified Intelligence Report

    Craig Donato, Oodle.com

    Gautam Godhwani, Simply Hired

    Konstantin Guericke, LinkedIn

    Garrett Price, Kijiji

    4:00-4:45pm News / Blog Search

    Moderator: Om Malik, Business 2.0

    Tantek Celik, Technorati

    Jim Pitkow, Moreover Technologies

    Scott Rafer, Feedster

    Chris Tolles, Topix.net

    5:00-5:45pm Future of Vertical Search

    Moderator: Barney Pell, Mayfield

    Ofer Ben-Shachar, RawSugar

    Julia Komissarchik, Glenbrook Networks

    Paul Pangaro, Snap.com

    Bob Wyman, PubSub Concepts


    Event Logistics


    Network Meeting Center

    5201 Great America Parkway

    Santa Clara, CA 95054



    Cost*Price includes continental breakfast and lunch.

    $75 SDForum Members

    $150 Non-members

    *at the door

    $99 SDForum Members

    $199 Non-members

    Pre-registration unavailable. Please register at the door.