UPDATED 20:18 EDT / JUNE 17 2009

Ex Microsoft Exec Launching Real Time Social Search CrowdEye

Ex-Microsoft search executive Ken Moss along with his wife Becca are getting ready to launch a real time social search engine called CrowdEye.

I am really happy to see that a husband and wife are teaming up on a venture.  It has been conventional wisdom here in Silicon Valley that no one will invest in a husband wife entrepreneurial team.  From personal experience where the VCs wouldn’t let my wife Linda work on my last venture, I am glad to see a husband and wife teaming up together.  I am a fan of husband wife teams maybe in the past that wasn’t workable, but in this day and age it certainly is.  Good luck Ken and Becca.

From their pre-launch web site.

Real time … Social … Search …

That’s what those of us at CrowdEye are obsessed with. The internet has been evolving for years into a place where information flows quicker and quicker. Now it is becoming increasingly possible to tap into that stream of bits and bytes and use it to draw conclusions and make informed decisions based on the “wisdom of the crowds”.

Twitter is a phenomenon. Its growth is a genuine hockey-stick. It’s everywhere from Oprah to the front page of Time Magazine, and countless Hollywood celebrities are using it. Together with sites like Facebook and MySpace, it forms the core of today’s “social web.” CrowdEye is happy to be part of a thriving ecosystem growing out from this core.

CrowdEye is a new generation of search engine which looks at the worldwide web in a new way. By tracking discussions on Twitter, we can help our users find out what’s important to them right now in real time. CrowdEye has created innovative technology to scan through tweets, retweets, twitter links and more. We then provide you with powerful yet easy ways to slice, dice, summarize and categorize the data to answer your questions. Whether you’re interested in following your brand, baseball, celebrities, movies, or anything else people are talking about – CrowdEye can help you know what people are thinking.

Welcome to CrowdEye — a powerful, custom-built social search engine.

Ken Moss spent years starting up teams within Microsoft before branching out and working on a “real” start-up. His work at Microsoft includes starting and leading the Bing (a.k.a. MSN Search, a.k.a. Live Search) technical team starting in 2003. Over his five years on the team, he had various roles including Director of Development and General Manager, and worked on all aspects of the service. Ken spent a total of 13 years working on services including: Search, MyMSN, MSN Money, distributed platforms, and many parts of MSN.

Update:  Cnet’s Ina Fried has a screenshot and more details here.


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