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Spock Networks, Inc.
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Screenshot of spock.com
Type Private
Founded 2006
Headquarters Redwood City, California
Key people Jaideep Singh, Co-founder/CEO
Jay Bhatti, Co-founder/VP product
Hongche Liu, Chief Information Architect
Website www.spock.com
Alexa rank negative increase 483,187 (April 2014)[1]
Type of site Search engine
Registration optional
Available in English
Launched 2006
Current status active

Spock is a vertical search engine or entity search engine on people. The name "Spock" is explained with a backronym: "single point of contact (by) keyword."[2] Founded in 2006 by Jay Bhatti and Jaideep Singh, it has "indexed over 250 million people representing over 1.5 billion data records."[3] These records are from publicly available sources, including Wikipedia, IMDB, ESPN, LinkedIn, Hi5, MySpace, Friendster, Facebook, YouTube, Flickr, Twitter, FEC[disambiguation needed], corporate biographies, university faculty and staff pages, real estate agents sites, school alumni and member directory pages, etc. The company maintains that "30% of all Internet searches are people-related".[4]

As entity resolution is the main algorithmic hurdle of their indexing endeavour, Spock has issued and awarded the Spock Challenge Prize. The winning entry combines various machine learning algorithms.[5]

Spock opened its service to public beta on August 8, 2007.[6]

Financing[edit]

In December 2006, Spock raised $7 million in a Series A round of funding from Clearstone Venture Partners and Opus Capital.[7]

On April 30, 2009, Spock was acquired by Intelius.[8]

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