Five fratenity brothers created the online calendar HipCal in their
fratenity house at RPI. The unique calendaring service caught the eye
of Plaxo, who acquired the company in May 2006 and offered all five
co-founders new jobs at Plaxo. Meet the five founders in this video of their coast-to-coast road trip.
In September, Riya will launch a service that will let you upload an image and search for similar images. It's a radically new approach to image searching. In many ways, it's far more efficient. For instance, you wouldn't get a page with photos of the feline mammal alongside the car if you search for "jaguar," like this page from Google images. There is a slght downside to this service, however. But it's probably something that can be easily tweaked. Nonetheless, it's a great new way to search! Read my thoughts on my MarketWatch blog for more.
Also, here's a video of Riya's CEO Munjal Shah speaking very personally about how Riya got its name. He also shares other interesting background information about the company.