Cuil

Cuil

Menlo Park, Calif.
Founders: Tom Costello, Anna Patterson, and Russell Power
VC Investment over the last four quarters: $33.25 million

Cuil, founded in 2005, attracted plenty of attention this summer when it launched its search engine, which it says searches more pages on the Web than any other engine—three times as many as Google (GOOG) and 10 times as many as Microsoft (MSFT). Apart from the venture capital investment, the 30-employee company, which takes its name for the old Irish word for knowledge, has a capital expenditure line for hardware from Western Technologies.

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