Spock (website)

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Spock Networks, Inc.
Spock.png
Screenshot of spock.com
Type of business Private
Type of site
Search engine
Available in English
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]
Registration optional
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, 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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