Retrevo launches gadget research engine


Retrevo has launched its vertical search engine at DEMOfall that makes decision making about product purchase quicker and easier. Retrevo is currently focused on enabling an easier way to perform consumer electronics product research by providing current and aggregated information. For any product you search at Retrevo, it brings back the related Product documents, Manufacturer Information, Review & Articles, Forums, and Blogs.

Retrevo is located in Sunnyvale, CA and is headed by Vipin Jain. Vipin Jain had previously co-founded Telseon, a pioneer in Metro Ethernet network technology, which was acquired by OnFiber in 2002. OnFiber was acquired by Qwest Communications earlier this month.

Vipin himself a gadget geek found that any product research process is very time consuming and inefficient. He came up the idea of providing a platform which will provide comprehensive information about products and their entire ecosystem. Work on Retrevo was started last year and was initially bootstrapped by Vipin. Earlier this year Retrevo had raised $1 million from Alloy Ventures. Retrevo team includes 9 people, all of them located in US.

Retrevo has developed its own algorithm for content aggregation, semantic analysis, classification and ranking, which provides up-to-date and relevant results. This combined with the nice adjustable 2 pane UI provides a very good user experience. I tried searching for my favorite device Nokia 770, and Retrevo came back with its ‘Top Results’, which include Nokia 770 User guide and 3 results each for Manufacturer Info, Reviews & Articles, and Forums & Blogs. If you want to dig deep into a particular result type, just click on the required tab on the left. You can either preview the results on the right pane of search results or you can jump right on the site. Currently the only collaboration feature offered is sharing of results through email. Still, it’s a great user experience.

Currently Retrevo is free of any form of advertising, although they might be looking at sponsored results in future. In my conversation with Vipin, he mentioned that Retrevo will be continuously evolving in the next couple of years, with major features being introduced every quarter.

Looking at the current feature set and consumer needs, I feel that decision about a purchase depends heavily on the price and rating, areas not covered by Retrevo. I don’t know if providing pricing and rating content is in their future plans, but will definitely like to have it there. Wize, which I had discussed earlier, does a great job at rating products, but lacks Retrevo like comprehensive product data. Also there should be option to save research data, ability to subscribe RSS feeds for review and blog posts, and related social features.



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4 Responses to “Retrevo launches gadget research engine”

  1. Manish Says:

    Hi, We just published a retrevo search widget for blogs. It can be found at:

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