The Find: $15million

From a release sent to me: TheFind.com (www.thefind.com), a leading product discovery search engine known for delivering a compelling shopping experience for lifestyle goods, today announced that it has secured $15 million in Series C financing led by Bain Capital Ventures. The new financing round, which includes additional participation…

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From a release sent to me:

TheFind.com (www.thefind.com), a leading product discovery search engine known for delivering a compelling shopping experience for lifestyle goods, today announced that it has secured $15 million in Series C financing led by Bain Capital Ventures. The new financing round, which includes additional participation from existing investors Redpoint Ventures and Lightspeed Venture Partners, will be used to continue product development, accelerate TheFind.com’s traffic and revenue growth, and further expand the company’s business development efforts.

I use TheFind from time to time. I like the thumbnail interface.

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The Web in 1994

Thanks to Philipp! "In the future, you'll be forced to compete with companies you've never heard of before!" YUP! Hey, Digital, er Alta Vista, er… (maker of this video, and the first .com in the world, far as I can tell), where are ya now? Damn…….

Thanks to Philipp!

“In the future, you’ll be forced to compete with companies you’ve never heard of before!” YUP!

Hey, Digital, er Alta Vista, er… (maker of this video, and the first .com in the world, far as I can tell), where are ya now? Damn….

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WHOA. That was Fast

You may recall that I posted on Google's implorations with regard to the 700MhZ spectrum yesterday. Well, check this out, folks (USA Today): Coming soon could be a wireless broadband world in which consumers get to pick any smartphone or other device and load any software on it —…

You may recall that I posted on Google’s implorations with regard to the 700MhZ spectrum yesterday. Well, check this out, folks (USA Today):

Coming soon could be a wireless broadband world in which consumers get to pick any smartphone or other device and load any software on it — not have to take what the wireless carrier wants to sell.

That’s the goal of Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin Martin, who will propose sweeping new rules for wireless airwaves the government is auctioning early next year. The 700 MHz spectrum, being vacated by TV stations as they go digital, is coveted for its ability to penetrate walls and other obstacles.

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Ask: We Got Your Data Center Right Here

Ask announces today that it's opening a data center in Washington state. From the release: OAKLAND, Calif. and MOSES LAKE, Wash., July 11, 2007 – Ask.com®, a leading search engine and wholly-owned business of IAC (NASDAQ: IACI), and Moses Lake Mayor Ron C. Covey today announced that Ask.com will…

Ask-LogoAsk announces today that it’s opening a data center in Washington state. From the release:

OAKLAND, Calif. and MOSES LAKE, Wash., July 11, 2007 – Ask.com®, a leading search engine and wholly-owned business of IAC (NASDAQ: IACI), and Moses Lake Mayor Ron C. Covey today announced that Ask.com will house a new data center in Moses Lake, located in Eastern Washington. The eco-friendly server facility will enable Ask.com to support its growing query volume and provide additional computing power for processor-intensive search services, including the new Ask3D. Ask3D combines rich media like images, video and music as well as traditional Web links on a single search results page, helping people find what they are looking for faster.

With the new facility, Ask.com will provide an enhanced search experience for users, while furthering its commitment to environmental responsibility. The data center will be located within the TITAN complex, an efficient, highly secure data storage and telecommunications hub. The TITAN facility has zero carbon emissions, and it utilizes renewable hydropower and a low-energy cooling design.

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Facebook: $6 Billion? Nah.

Look. If you're Facebook, why on earth would you sell to Microsoft for $6 billion if you didn't sell to Yahoo for $1 Billion last year? You just wouldn't. You don't NEED anyone right now. Do you? Mark and his senior team has probably already been "de-risked" by the…

200Px-Zuckerberg CroppedLook. If you’re Facebook, why on earth would you sell to Microsoft for $6 billion if you didn’t sell to Yahoo for $1 Billion last year? You just wouldn’t. You don’t NEED anyone right now. Do you? Mark and his senior team has probably already been “de-risked” by the last round of investment, meaning they’ve taken money off the table and are not lured by possible riches (this is pure speculation, mind you, not personal knowledge). It must drive everyone who is trying to buy them crazy.

Facebook has a tiger by the tail. Today I turned down a chance to discuss “if Facebook is the next Google” on CNBC. It’s the current fascination. Why Facebook, why now, when there are dozens of other social networks out there? I’ve heard valuations for the company that put it at past $12 billion. On $30 million in estimated earnings this year.

Wow. Get me that multiple, please! Even $6 billion is what – 200 times earnings?

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Yapta Gets Funding

Remember FareChase? Yeah, me too. Gary notes that Yapta, another airfare search service, just got funded. His post also has a roundup of similar search services….

Yapta-Logo-BetaRemember FareChase? Yeah, me too. Gary notes that Yapta, another airfare search service, just got funded. His post also has a roundup of similar search services.

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FM Launches Conversational Marketing Summit

News over on the FM front, but I know a lot of Searchblog readers are interested in my take on conversational media and marketing. FM today announced its Conversational Marketing Summit in SF in September. I hope many of you can make it! For more details, head here….

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News over on the FM front, but I know a lot of Searchblog readers are interested in my take on conversational media and marketing. FM today announced its Conversational Marketing Summit in SF in September. I hope many of you can make it! For more details, head here.

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Google On Wireless Auctions and Spectrum Use: Worth Reading

Google just posted a lengthy explanation of its position with regard to an upcoming government auction in the 700mHz spectrum. It's fascinating reading, and one of the reasons I'm having Reed Hundt, of the Google-supported Frontline Wireless, coming to Web 2 to speak this Fall. In short, Google claims…

Google just posted a lengthy explanation of its position with regard to an upcoming government auction in the 700mHz spectrum. It’s fascinating reading, and one of the reasons I’m having Reed Hundt, of the Google-supported Frontline Wireless, coming to Web 2 to speak this Fall.

In short, Google claims that it’s most likely that the incumbent telcos and cable companies will win the auction, simply to insure they don’t have any competition.

From the post:

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Google Can Even Help Two Dumb*sses Steal $12k

I just love this. Love, love love this. The burglary at Bigg City, formerly Mr. Bigg’s Family Fun Center, turned into a comedy of errors early June 10. The burglars tried to disable a security camera by repeatedly spraying it with WD-40 — it only cleaned the lens —…

I just love this. Love, love love this.

The burglary at Bigg City, formerly Mr. Bigg’s Family Fun Center, turned into a comedy of errors early June 10. The burglars tried to disable a security camera by repeatedly spraying it with WD-40 — it only cleaned the lens — and spent an hour and 15 minutes trying to open three safes — apparently unaware that some types require the dial to be turned two or three times around.

They finally did a Google search for “how to open a safe” and “how to crack a safe” on a computer in the next room.

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