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Closed Date9/2010
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General Information

Websitecuil.com
Twitter@cuil
CategorySearch
Employees30
Founded1/2005
DescriptionSearch engine

Offices

Menlo Park, USA
66 Willow Place
Menlo Park, 94025, USA

People

CEO and Founder
President and Founder
VP of Engineering and Founder
VP of Corporate Development and General Counsel
Board of Directors
Board Director
Board of Directors
Head of Operations
Senior Engineer

Funding

TOTAL $33M
FUNDING TOTAL $33M
Series A, 3/2007
Greylock Partners
Tugboat Ventures
$8M
Series B, 4/2008
Greylock Partners
Madrone Capital Partners
Tugboat Ventures
$25M

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Cuil Closed down on September, 2010

Cuil

Cuil was a stealth search engine startup which claims that it can index web pages significantly faster and cheaper than Google. Cuil has told potential investors that their indexing costs will be 1/10th of Google’s, based on new search architectures and relevance methods. In some ways Cuil is the polar opposite of Powerset, which has huge indexing costs because it does a deep contextual analysis on every sentence on every web page. Powerset’s indexing costs, therefore, should be much higher per web page than Google’s.

Cuil was also founded by highly respected search experts. Husband and wife team Tom Costello and Anna Patterson were joined by Russell Power. Patterson and Power are ex-Google search experts. Costello was the founder of Xift.

Cuil met with venture capitalists, but we’re hearing that Costello and Patterson eventually self-funded the company with a $5ish million injection of capital. They now have 10-15 employees and an office in Menlo Park.

Recent Milestones

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    Cuil — Cuil shuts down (9/17/10)
    Posted 9/25/10 at 3:25pm via wikipedia.org
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    Closed. (9/1/10)
    Posted
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    Cuil — Cuil launches publicly (7/28/08)
    Posted 7/27/08 at 11:49pm via techcrunch.com
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    Cuil — Cuil crashes immediately after launch owing it, apparently, to "overwhelming demand." (7/28/08)
    Posted 7/28/08 at 8:16am via techcrunch.com
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    Cuil added Ankit Jain as Senior Software Engineer. (7/1/08)
    Posted 2/16/12 at 4:44pm
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    Cuil received $25M in Series B funding. (4/15/08)
    Posted 4/15/08 at 3:01pm via techcrunch.com
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    Cuil added Louis Monier as VP of Products. (8/1/07)
    Posted 3/29/08 at 12:21pm
  • Dollar
    Cuil received $8M in Series A funding. (3/1/07)
    Posted 9/9/07 at 11:28pm via techcrunch.com
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    Cuil added John Merrells as Senior Director of Engineering. (1/1/07)
    Posted 10/2/13 at 8:03am
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    Cuil added Tom Costello as CEO and Founder.
    Posted 9/4/07 at 6:14am
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    Cuil added Russell Power as VP of Engineering and Founder.
    Posted 9/4/07 at 6:16am
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    Cuil added Pete Szymanski as VP of Corporate Development and General Counsel.
    Posted 7/28/08 at 9:38am
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    Cuil added Bruce Baumgart as Head of Operations.
    Posted 7/28/08 at 9:38am
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    Cuil added Brad Kellett as Senior Engineer.
    Posted 9/27/11 at 9:49am
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    Cuil added Anna Patterson as President and Founder.
    Posted 9/4/07 at 6:15am

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Twiceler

Websitecuil.com/twiceler/robot.html

Twiceler is Cuil’s web crawler.

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Livegraph

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Cuil

Sources

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