On Friday I had a discussion with Suranga Chandratillake, Blinkx's CEO. It was an interesting conversation because it ran counter to the popular perception. Blinkx has been portrayed in the popular media as just one of a number of companies offering desktop search, including Copernic, Google, Microsoft, and X1. The story typically has the cast of a "David and Goliath" story -- along the lines of, "Interesting technology, but just wait until Google and Microsoft get their act together."
From talking to Suranga, it's clear that the desktop search product was a "let's get our feet wet" product -- merely the first stage in a much longer planned journey. I don't think I'm giving too much of the game away if I say that Blinkx has a very multimedia mindset. The company is convinced that searching across multimedia content is the next big problem. Driven by ubiquitous Internet connections, the growth in broadband, cheap disk space, and increasingly inexpensive and powerful PCs, both companies and consumers are going to want to find the interesting snippet in the podcast or the video broadcast.
Such multimedia search has been touted for a number of years. It will be interesting to see if we are indeed near the tipping point.