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General Information

Websitesearchme.com
CategorySearch
Employees52
Founded7/2005
Descriptionvisual search engine

Offices

Mountain View, USA
800 West El Camino Real #330
Mountain View, CA, 94040
USA
San Francisco, USA
456 Montgomery St. #500
San Francisco, CA
USA

People

CEO
Board Member
Chief Experience Officer

Funding

TOTAL $43.6M
FUNDING TOTAL $43.6M
Series A, 7/2005
Sequoia Capital
$400k
Series B, 1/2006
Sequoia Capital
$3.6M
Series C, 6/2007
DAG Ventures
Sequoia Capital
$12M
Series D, 10/2007
Lehman Brothers
DAG Ventures
Sequoia Capital
$15M
Series E, 5/2008
Sequoia Capital
DAG Ventures
Deep Fork Advisors
Lehman Brothers
Lachlan Murdoch
Randy Adams
Mark Kvamme
Tom Banahan
$12.6M
DEBT TOTAL $3.31M
Debt, 5/2009
$3.31M

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SearchMe Closed down on October 21, 2009

SearchMe

SearchMe, founded by Randy Adams and John Holland, is a visual search engine that launched into private beta in March 2008.

Searchme is a new search engine that uses visual search and category refinement. They think it will help you find what you’re looking for, faster, with a lot less spam. It’s a new way to search that takes advantage of the size and bandwidth of today’s Internet and the increasingly visual way that we all interact online.

The idea for Searchme came when Mark Kvamme, Searchme’s chairman, got tired of looking through a bunch of unrelated results for articles on motocross. He suggested to founders Randy Adams and John Holland that they create a search engine that sorted results into categories.

The Searchme visual interface came about when Randy, a father of seven, helped his four-year-old son search for children’s web sites that he’d seen on TV. It struck Adams that if a search engine could show big pictures of the pages it found before users clicked through to a site, it’d be much easier to quickly find what they were looking for.

After more than three years of engineering, imaging billions of web pages, and fine-tuning our approach many times over, Searchme was born.

Recent Milestones

  • Check
    SearchMe — SearchMe's Intellectual assets are being sold in an auction (10/21/09)
    Posted 10/21/09 at 10:02am via techcrunch.com
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    Closed. (10/21/09)
    Posted
  • Dollar
    SearchMe received $3.31M in Debt funding. (5/1/09)
    Posted 2/3/14 at 3:01am via sec.gov
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    SearchMe added Mike Mathieson as VP Research. (6/1/08)
    Posted 6/7/10 at 1:25am
  • Dollar
    SearchMe received $12.6M in Series E funding. (5/1/08)
    Posted 5/30/08 at 8:49pm via venturebeat.com
  • Dollar
    SearchMe received $15M in Series D funding. (10/1/07)
    Posted 3/11/08 at 3:37am
  • Dollar
    SearchMe received $12M in Series C funding. (6/1/07)
    Posted 3/11/08 at 3:36am
  • Check
    SearchMe added Howard Rosen as VP of Engineering. (3/1/06)
    Posted 6/7/10 at 1:25am
  • Dollar
    SearchMe received $3.6M in Series B funding. (1/1/06)
    Posted 3/11/08 at 3:36am
  • Dollar
    SearchMe received $400k in Series A funding. (7/1/05)
    Posted 3/11/08 at 3:34am
  • Check
    SearchMe added John Holland as Chief Experience Officer.
    Posted 3/11/08 at 3:29am
  • Check
    SearchMe added Randy Adams as CEO.
    Posted 3/11/08 at 3:29am

Videos

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Vator TV: 12/2008

Added: 7/27/09
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VatorTV: 5/2009 Searchme on Nokia Store

Added: 8/25/09
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VatorTV: 6/09: Searchme raises 30M

Added: 8/25/09

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Products

SearchMe

Websitesearchme.com
StagePrivate
Launch DateMarch, 2008
SearchMe screenshot
Above: SearchMe Screenshot (3/08)
Uploaded: 3/11/08

Videos

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Introduction To SearchMe (3/08)

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SearchMe Demo (3/08)

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SearchMe on VatorTV

Traffic Analytics

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Compete

Searchme

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  5. More betting on visual search: SearchMe raises another $12.6M (venturebeat.com) [edit]
  6. SEC (sec.gov) [edit]
  7. SearchMe’s Intellectual Assets Being Broken Up And Sold In Parts (techcrunch.com) [edit]
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