Posted December 10, 2008 12:17 am by with 6 comments

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Kosmix is a universal search engine that pulls its data from a variety of sources that includes Wikipedia, Flickr, Yahoo! Answers, Amazon, YouTube and a variety of others. Previously, Kosmix was a vertical search engine for health, automobiles and travel, but has evolved into a universal search engine for all subjects.

According to TechCrunch, Kosmix has closed a $20 million investment round from existing investors Time Warner, Accel Partners, Dag Ventures, and Lightspeed Partners. The $20 million investment brings their total funding up to $55 million.

Additionally, Kosmix announced that former Motorola Chairman and CEO, Ed Zander, will be joining as a private investor and advisor. Ed joins Amazon’s Jeff Bezos and Legg Mason’s Bill Miller as private investors.

This was the first time that I had the opportunity to play around with Kosmix, and I really liked what I saw. Their search engine is truly universal as it incorporates all of the top online resources into one giant hub. I also like the way their homepage is setup, displaying all of the top stories in the social realm.

Have any of you ever tried out Kosmix? Thoughts?

  • No doubt it’s better than that supposed to render universal search results.
    I really like the platform’s visual (it’s like having your own portal on the subjects you like) and all the information it offers.

  • It’s spund look great looking more compitition in search engine market.

  • I think this will help them to upgrade it.

  • I had not even heard of Kosmix, let alone tried it, but i like the concept. I am gong to give them a try. Congrats to them on raising so much capitol. Sweet.

  • Michelle G

    I checked out the new Kosmix and I think it’s a pretty good concept, but the page is a little too crowded for my tastes. I still prefer simpler industry specific search engines; like Kosmix used to be or which is also in my area of interests.

  • JT

    Kosmix is good. I can find a lot of information in one place.

    JT’s last blog post..Zen and PPC campaigns