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Metaweb Technologies, Inc.
Industry Data management
Fate acquired
(by Google in July, 2010)
Founded July 2005; 11 years ago (2005-07)
Founder Danny Hillis, Robert Cook
Headquarters San Francisco, California, United States
Key people
Kurt Bollacker, chief scientist
Danny Hillis, chairman
Thomas Layton, CEO[1]
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[2] and Danny Hillis in 2005.

Metaweb was acquired by Google in 2010.[3] Google shut down Freebase in 2016, transferring all its data to Wikidata.[4] [5]


On March 14, 2006, Metaweb received $15 million in funding. Investors included Benchmark Capital, Millennium Technology Ventures, and Omidyar Network.[6] On January 15, 2008, Metaweb announced a $42.5 million Series B round led by Goldman Sachs and Benchmark Capital.[7]

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.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Metaweb announces hiring of Thomas Layton, CEO
  2. ^ Markoff, John (2007-03-09). "Start-Up Aims for Database to Automate Web Searching". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-03-26. 
  3. ^ "Metaweb joins Google" (Press release). Metaweb. 2010-07-16. Retrieved 2010-07-16. 
  4. ^ Douglas, Jason (December 16, 2014). "Announcement: From Freebase to Wikidata". Freebase Discuss. Google Groups. Retrieved December 16, 2014. 
  5. ^ "So long and thanks for all the data!". 2 May 2016. Retrieved 5 May 2016. 
  6. ^ "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. 
  7. ^ Metaweb Raises $42.5 Million led by Goldman Sachs and Benchmark Capital (company press release)
  8. ^ Deeper Understanding with Metaweb (company press release)