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Mahalo Launches

By - May 30, 2007


I’m not at the D conference this week, as business has kept me on the East Coast. But at that event, Jason Calacanis just launched his “people-powered search engine” and I happened to be meeting with one of his Board members here in New York. So I got a bit of inside scoop. Jason has a star studded line up of investors (from CBS to Jon Miller to Mark Cuban to Fred Wilson to many more), and a focus on the top search terms – the head of search, so to speak, including human brains (humans help organize the best results for the top search terms, as I understand it). More here, the site is not yet live. I’ve asked Jason for an interview, once he gets through the crush of D, I hope he’ll have the time to respond.

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9 thoughts on “Mahalo Launches

  1. David Berkowitz says:

    I’m not sure Jason needs any more PR. Now that Mahalo’s live, it seems like it would be quickly forgotten if anyone else were to have launched it.

  2. Bob Pack says:

    don’t waste your time….it ain’t worth talking about

  3. greg says:

    I agree with Bob, don’t waste your time.

  4. Peter says:

    What’s to talk about? crossed with DMOZ?


  5. nmw says:

    No Domains? No Sex? WTF??

    1Mahalo-FAQ 2IPhone 3Mahalo-PR 4Jason-Calacanis 5Pizza 6Pirates-of-the-Caribbean 7Lost 8Mahalo-Publishers-Guide 9Google 10Apple 11John-McCain 12Mahalo 13Al-Gore 14Jordin-Sparks 15Digg 16Rachel-Smith 17Intelligent-Design 18Star-Wars 19Juicy-Couture 20Cake-

  6. Moses Kagan says:

    Just had a look at Mahalo’s search results for ‘loan’, one of those magical words that make Google / Yahoo / etc. so much money. You can read about the results at – but suffice it to say that I’ll be sticking with Google for the time-being.

  7. stone says:

    This is much worse than expected and shocking that Sequoia backed this guy. He’s a blogger – always has been, always will be. It doesn’t mean he can build a real tech-driven Internet business. I think it’s a cynical attempt to collect more Google AdSense checks.

  8. Dr. Pete says:

    Like the other commenters, I’ll believe it when I see it. Sequioa threw a pile of money at Calacanis and said “go build a company” (something he’s stated publicly). Personally, I don’t think innovation works that way.

  9. Jordan says:

    It’s hard for me to see “people powered search”, executed this way, to be the future of search — or any step forward, for that matter.

    I think of “people powered search” to be something different, where each of us are the spiders/crawlers and our behaviors/interests form the indices.

    Jordan /
    (John, your TypeKey sign-in leads to a 404)