Google is to the PC (utilitarian) as searchme is to the MAC (elegant).
At least, that’s what an impressive group of VC’s that just plunked down another $12.6 Million on searchme are hoping you’ll think.
Including previous investment, this brings the total capital they have netted to date, to $43.6 Million (or about $28.25 Million Euros *sigh*). Investors include Sequoia Capital, DAG Ventures, Deepfork Capital and Lehvan Brothers Venture Capital.
So, who are these cats anyway? You may remember the now defunct WikiSeek, who focused on providing results based solely on content referred to within the pages of Wikipedia. Without going into details, let’s just say – they sucked at it. Fortunately for the dev team, CEO Randy Adams remembered that old nursery rhyme – “If at first you don’t succeed….”, which brings us to searchme.
I learned about searchme two months ago when UK based SEO, Richard Baxter wrote an interesting post about how searchme works. I’ll be honest – when first seeing the beta, I wasn’t at all impressed. However, they’ve since added a few bells and whistles, and I have to say – it feels so – Austin Powers. Yeah baby, yeah!
I know what you’re thinking. Who in their right cerebellum would possibly consider investing in a search engine startup at this advanced stage of the game? Let’s face it, Brin & Page (Brage?), sneeze more than forty three mill on a daily basis and the 800lb Googorilla is probably going to continue sucking up market share like a blood tick on a pig’s butt (that’s Texas speak), for the foreseeable future.
Well, let’s just say that picking up even just 1% of the worldwide search market would make for some pretty fancy living for the folks at searchme. If they can develop some schnazzy IP (as it seems they are doing) – it – just – might – happen!
So, the next time you’re laying back sipping some Dom Perignon after Chateaubriand for two, and you’re struck with the overwhelming urge to search, “May I suggest the – searchme?”
What say you, Pilgrims?