(by Google in July, 2010)
|Founder||Danny Hillis, Veda Hlubinka-Cook|
|Kurt Bollacker, chief scientist|
Danny Hillis, chairman
Thomas Layton, CEO
Veda Hlubinka-Cook, EVP, product development
John Giannandrea, CTO
|Products||Freebase — an online database|
Metaweb Technologies, Inc. was a San Francisco-based company that developed Freebase, described as an "open, shared database of the world's knowledge". The company was co-founded by Danny Hillis, Veda Hlubinka-Cook and John Giannandrea in 2005.
On March 14, 2006, Metaweb received $15 million in funding. Investors included Benchmark Capital, Millennium Technology Ventures, and Omidyar Network. On January 15, 2008, Metaweb announced a $42.5 million Series B round led by Goldman Sachs and Benchmark Capital.
Kevin Harvey of Benchmark Capital was a member of Metaweb's board of directors.
On July 16, 2010, Google acquired Metaweb for an undisclosed sum.
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