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." Founded in 2006 by Jay Bhatti
and Jaideep Singh
, it has "indexed over 250 million people representing over 1.5 billion data records." These records are from publicly available sources, including Wikipedia
, 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".
As entity resolution
is the main algorithmic hurdle of their indexing endeavour, Spock has issued and awarded the Spock Challenge Prize.
Spock opened its service to public beta on August 8, 2007.
In December 2006, Spock raised $7 million in a Series A round
of funding from Clearstone Venture Partners
and Opus Capital
On April 30, 2009, Spock was acquired by Intelius
- Co-founder, Jay Bhatti, interviewed by Stan Relihan on (audio podcast)
- by Tim O'Reilly