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Closed Date9/2011
Closed URLgoogleblog.blogsp...
Acquired byGoogle
Price$50M
Date2/2010

General Information

Websitevark.com
Blogblog.vark.com
Twitter@vark
CategorySearch
Emailinfo@aardvarkteam...
Employees30
Founded7/2007
Descriptionsocial search, Q&A service

Offices

People

Co-Founder
Board of Directors
Advisor and Investor
Advisor
Advisor and Investor
Adviser
zoo musicologist

Funding

TOTAL $6M
FUNDING TOTAL $6M
Angel, 1/2007
Harrison Metal
Barry Nalebuff
$750k
Series A, 10/2008
August Capital
Baseline Ventures
Harrison Metal
Shervin Pishevar
Auren Hoffman
SV Angel
$5.25M

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Aardvark Closed down on September, 2011

Aardvark

Aardvark (formerly Mechanical Zoo) is a social search engine, founded by a group of former Google employees. Aardvark that lets users ask questions that are distributed to the social graph for a quick and high quality answers. It launched into private beta in 2008.

Aardvark is a way to get quick, quality answers to questions from your extended social network. You can ask questions via an instant message buddy or email. The questions are then farmed out to your contacts (and their contacts) based on what they say they have knowledge of. If you ask taste related questions about music, books, movies, restaurants, etc., they’ll ask people who tend to show similar tastes as you in their profile.

Richard Chen has invested in Aardvark

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Above:

A look at Aardvark with the company founders.

Added: 9/27/13

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Products

Aardvark

Websitevark.com
Blogblog.vark.com
StageAlpha

Aardvark, an application currently for facebook only, as of July 2009, is a subjective search based on real-world social networks. Aardvark is operated via email or IM. Aardvark will consult your social network within two or three degrees of separation to find relevant answers and information.

Aardvark screenshot
Above: Aardvark Screenshot -- #1
Uploaded: 11/3/08

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Vark

Sources

  1. Google Acquires Aardvark For $50 million (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  2. Ex-Googlers working on stealth social search (news.com) [edit]
  3. Mechanical Zoo Gets $6 Million To Build Aardvark Social Search Product (techcrunch.com) [edit]
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