Ark (search engine)

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Ark is a personal search engine. Users can easily manage their inbox from their mobile device, while also being able to learn more about who they are communicating with. The search engine allows users to use filters, such as hometown, current city, high school, college, gender, relationship status, employee, and interests, to search for new people, old classmates, old friends or acquaintances, and new business contacts.

Available for IOS and Android users, Ark aggregates ghost profiles from social media outlets such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Angel list, etc. in an easy to navigate, stylish platform. Aside from being a great way to get into contact with people through a multitude of social platforms it makes managing your email inbox extremely easy, allowing you to sync Yahoo, Aol, Gmail or Google Apps email accounts all in one mobile application.

At first glance Ark looks similar to mailbox; it allows users to complete batch actions with folder and label support with handy gesture controls. Added functions include an undo tool, useful for retrieving an email that was sent before completion or had an spelling errors. The best part about Ark is the privacy, unlike other mail servers Ark doesn't store your emails on its servers.

The company was founded by Patrick Riley and Yiming Liu[1] in March 2012. Prior to founding Ark, the team worked at Google, AOL, Symantec, Lithium and Yahoo! Research. Ark is based out of San Francisco, California and is working to release an online version or Ark before the end of 2013. Enthusiasts can sign up to try the Beta version at their website.

Ark will be a sponsor at this year's Fall Angelhack, a Hackathon that spans across 25 countries in over 35 cities.


Ark was part of the Winter 2012 Y Combinator class led by Paul Graham.[2]

Ark was one of TechCrunch Disrupt NYC's 2012 Battlefield Finalists.[3]


Ark is a social search engine designed to help individuals filter, search, and connect with people they should know. Acting as a landing page, users have to authenticate their Ark profile, although unlike any other social media, the user’s data and information is already aggregated and used to create that user’s complete profile. Ark’s technology has been tested to make sure that each Ark user profile is frequently updated to ensure that each user’s recent offline and online are accurately represented. Ark does this by accessing the public data collected from Ark members, while adhering to the pre-existing privacy settings of other social networks. Ark only indexes publicly available data. The Ark search engine will provide users with a thorough search engine for people based off a combination of qualities and locations.


  1. ^ Grossman, Sara (2012-05-09). "Startup out of UC Berkeley aims to revolutionize people search". The Daily Californian. Retrieved 2012-05-09. 
  2. ^ Roush, Wade (2012-03-28). "The Most Interesting Y Combinator Winter 2012 Startups". Xconomy. Retrieved 2012-03-28. 
  3. ^ Eldon, Eldon (2012-05-22). "The Final Six Disrupt NYC Startups: Ark, Babelverse, gTar, Open Garden, Sunglass, Uberconference". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2012-05-22. 

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