Search Engine History – Inktomi

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Inktomi was founded in 1996 by Eric Brewer and Paul Gauthier, two students from The University of California. The project was federally funded, encouraging Eric and Paul to reach supercomputing power under microcomputer prices. Inktomi is based in Foster, California with offices across the globe. Inktomi is not a Search Engine site, it provides software… Read more »

Search Engine History – Hotbot

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HotBot went online in May 1996. This company was owned by Wired Digital, which went on to be acquired by Lycos in 1998. Since that point HotBot results were served by the Inktomi database.

Search Engine History – Google

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The name ‘Google’ is derived from the word ‘googol’, referring to the number represented by 1 followed by 100 zeros. Google was founded by two Stanford University students Larry Paige and Sergey Brin, in Larry’s bedroom. They invested in a Terabyte of disk space and set up Google’s first datacenter. It has been estimated that… Read more »

Search Engine History – FAST

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FAST, or AllTheWeb was spawned from Opticom ASA in July 1997 in Oslo, Norway.

This service boasted one of the largest databases of the time, and are still now looking for ways to improve and develop new technologies.

Search Engine History – Excite

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Excite was originally a project known as Architext, created by a team made up of 5 hackers and one political science major – Mark Van Haren, Ryan McIntyre, Ben Lutch, Joe Kraus, Graham Spencer and Martin Reinfried. Excite was invested in by venture capitalists, Kleiner Perkins Caulfield and Byers and Institutional Venture Partners, who purchased… Read more »