What is Myrrix today began as the open-source project Taste in 2005. Providing implementations of basic recommender algorithms, it became a popular open-source recommender system because it offered a complete enterprise component.
Taste merged into Apache Mahout™ in 2008. The recommender implementations were revamped as "Taste 2" and expanded to include separate, distributed implementations based on Apache Hadoop™. These are among the topics covered in the book Mahout in Action in 2011.
Myrrix combines the popular real-time
Recommender API from Taste/Mahout, and integrates it completely with the distributed implementations begun in Mahout. It is "Taste 3", a continuing evolution of these recommender systems, from the primary author of these components, redesigned into a complete big-data-ready system.
Myrrix Ltd was incorporated to develop and market Myrrix in 2012, and is now based in East London's "Silicon Roundabout", and is self-funded and profitable.
Sean Owen: I am an engineer by trade, most recently at Google. I'm primary author of the Taste / Apache Mahout recommender engine, a committer and PMC member, and co-author of Mahout in Action. Based in London, I have worked in early stage venture capital here. I have enjoyed building and talking about real-world recommender engines for seven years, and it's exciting to launch a new project, and company, that will bring even better practical machine learning to the world.