which is an up and coming search engine focused on niche markets, is an interesting player to keep watching because they keep releasing nifty search verticals based on some reliable algorithms. They started out with Travel
, U.S Politics
and quite recently they've silently expanded last month to include Video Games
. The smart kookies behind Kosmix are Venky Harinarayan and Anand Rajaram
who are graduates (PhD gaga!)
of Stanford University
and they're the same guys who were considering on buying Google
when it first appeared in the late 90's. If you're interested in getting to know the juice behind Kosmix and it's freshness, you should definintely listen to Kamla Bhatt
's podcast show with Venky
done a few months ago and get to know Kosmix straight from the horse's mouth!
According to a blog posting
at Silicon Beat
, the dazzling folks at Kosmix have raised $7.4 million (USD) in funding thanks to Accel
and Lightspeed Venture Partners
, increasing the total amount of funding for Kosmix to $25.7 million, nearing the same mark by Google way back then. It's also interesting to note that Accel have pumped $11.5 million into Kayak
who's seems a likely Kosmix competitor and the best travel search engine according to Mark Johnson
who's a product manager at Kosmix. But despite all the glitz and glamour, Kosmix still haven't launched the new plugins
at their labs
for the new verticals, Video Games and Finance. So I've taken the opportunity to do a bit of tweaking this morning and have come up with unoffical plugins for the new verticals over here.
And as this press release
rightly states, Kosmix is now powering Gazerk
which is the new game site launched by the Ziff Davis Media Game Group
Being an early fan of Kosmix, I'm disappointed that they don't put more power into pushing out related plugins and extensions at their labs, and it's high time that they get their official blog kicked off! Anyone listening at Kosmix? (hope so :-) Your fan base is waiting ... All your Kosmix belong to us!