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California Institute of Technology, BS 1991
Engineering and Applied Sciences


CEO and founder
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Board Member

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Gil Elbaz

Gil Elbaz is the founder of Factual, a new information-sharing startup.

He is also the co-founder of Applied Semantics (ASI), a new language that helped create [Google].

ASI helped to define and build new addressable markets with its AdSense platform and other contextual advertising products. The company formed important partnerships with key players in both internet and content spaces such as Overture (now Yahoo), Verisign, and USA Today, effectively paving the way for markets which are today measured in the billions in annual revenue. Google acquired ASI in 2003, and first-round investors reaped more than 100x return on their investment. Elbaz was appointed Engineering Director for Google Santa Monica where he focused on building up the local office, and continued to work on AdSense and other products. AdSense helped establish Google’s place as a leader in the field of online advertising and in 2005, Elbaz was presented with the prestigious Founders’ Award. Since leaving in 2007, true to his entrepreneurial bent, Elbaz has founded a new company whose technology will soon be revealed.

In 1991, he earned his bachelor’s degree from California Institute of Technology with a double major in Engineering & Applied Science and Economics, and in 2008, Elbaz was very honored to be named Young Alumni Trustee to the Caltech Board of Trustees.

Active in a number of non-profit areas, Elbaz sits on the board of trustees for the X Prize Foundation. He and his wife Elyssa manage the Elbaz Family Foundation, which supports environmental and educational causes, and are involved in Los Angeles Social Ventures Partners. Committed to the open information arena, Elbaz supports organizations such as, and is president and founder of the CommonCrawl Foundation, dedicated to helping democratize access to web information.

Recent Milestones


Company Date Round Size Participants
Vurb 2/2013Seed$1.5M13
Scopely 9/2012Venture Round$8.5M18
Surf Air 6/2012Series A$3.76M12
Kaggle 11/2011Series A$11M8
Locu 9/2011Seed$600k10
MomentFeed 7/2011Seed$1.2M10
Opposing Views 6/2011Series B$1M3
Ranker 4/2011Series A$1.3M7
Rexter 1/2011Seed$1M6
Howcast 10/2008Series A$2M3
Opposing Views 6/2008Series A$1.25M3
PLYmedia 12/2006Angel$700k3



  1. Contextual Content Engine Vurb Raises More Than $1.5M From Max Levchin And Others ( [edit]
  2. Confirmed: Scopely’s New $8.5M Funding Round Was Not Wrapped In Bacon ( [edit]
  3. Members-Only Airline Surf Air Raises Series A From Anthem, NEA & Others (Including Jared Leto) ( [edit]
  4. Index And Khosla Lead $11M Round In Kaggle, A Platform For Data Modeling Competitions ( [edit]
  5. Local Business Data Provider Locu Raises Seed Round ( [edit]
  6. MomentFeed Gets $1.2 Million Seed Round To Help Enterprises Manage Specials By Location ( [edit]
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  8. Ranker Lands $1.3 Million From Tim Draper And Others, Tries To Rank *Everything* ( [edit]
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  10. Howcast Raises Another $1 Million For How-To Videos ( [edit]
  11. Opposing Views raises $1.25M to explain complicated issues ( [edit]
  12. Globes ( [edit]
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