Overview

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Status
Cuil has been closed
Total Equity Funding
$33M in 2 Rounds from 3 Investors
Headquarters:
Menlo Park, CA
Description:
Cuil is a search engine that organizes web pages by content and displays long entries along with thumbnail pictures for many results.
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Categories:
Search Engine, Internet, Content
Website:
http://cuil.com
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Company Details

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Founded:
2005
Closed:
Closed, Date Unknown
Employees:
None found in Crunchbase

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.

Funding Rounds (2) - $33M

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DateAmount / RoundValuationLead InvestorInvestors
Apr, 2008$25M / Series B3
Mar, 2007$8M / Series A3

Products (1)

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  • Twiceler is the experimental robot of Cuill, a young company that pioneers a new approach to search.

Competitors (4)

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  • CDNPAL Media Network is a DSP/SSP that provides billions of display ad impressions through RTB or Real time bidding systems
  • DuckDuckGo is an internet search engine that protects web searchers’ privacy.
  • Google is a multinational corporation that is specialized in internet-related services and products.
  • Uhhmm is a search engine designed to search the web, news, music, lyrics.

Offices/Locations (1)

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  • Office

    66 Willow Place

    Menlo Park, CA 94025

    USA

Images (2)

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