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(by Google in July, 2010)
|Founder||Danny Hillis, Robert Cook|
|Headquarters||San Francisco, California, United States|
|Kurt Bollacker, chief scientist
Danny Hillis, chairman
Thomas Layton, CEO
Robert 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 founded by Robert Cook and Danny Hillis 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.
- Metaweb announces hiring of Thomas Layton, CEO
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- Douglas, Jason (December 16, 2014). "Announcement: From Freebase to Wikidata". Freebase Discuss. Google Groups. Retrieved December 16, 2014.
- "So long and thanks for all the data!". 2 May 2016. Retrieved 5 May 2016.
- "Metaweb Technologies, Inc. Receives $15 Million of Financing From Benchmark Capital, Millennium Technology Ventures and Omidyar Network" (Press release). Benchmark Capital. 2006-03-13. Retrieved 2007-03-09.
- Metaweb Raises $42.5 Million led by Goldman Sachs and Benchmark Capital (company press release)
- Deeper Understanding with Metaweb (company press release)