Metasearch Engine Kosmix Raises $20 Million

As much as I like to see innovative startups succeed, I don’t quite see the game-changing abilities of Kosmix.  This is why it surprised me that they were able to raise $20 million in recent funding.  In total funding they have raised $55 million.  When a company raises that sort of money, you have to ask yourself, what does your product actually do?

Kosmix does metasearches and aggregates content from a bunch of other sources.  Top stories are pulled from Yahoo! Buzz, Digg, CNN, and Fark.  Popular videos are pulled from Hulu, YouTube, Vimeo, and Flickr.  Trending topics are from Twitter.  Lucky Dip is from People magazine.  Daily deals are pulled from DealNews,, and Orbitz.  And finally Images of the Day are pulled from Kodak, Flickr, and Picasa.

In my opinion, it appears that Kosmix is to search is what Alltop is to RSS feeds.  And the difference is that Guy Kawasaki spent $10,000 to create Alltop. I’m not the only one that questions Kosmix’s technology.  VentureBeat has a similar opinion.

But the numbers don’t like when it comes to VC dollars.  Kosmix had over 11 million monthly visitors recently.  Kosmix will also be rolling out an advertising strategy next year some time as well as a customizable homepage.

The investors in the $20 million round of funding includes Accel, Lightspeed Venture Partners, DAG Ventures.  Former Motorola CEO/Chairman Ed Zander was also an investor.

This article was written by Amit Chowdhry. You can follow me at @amitchowdhry or on Google+ at

Metasearch Engine Kosmix Raises $20 Million Comments

  1. RoJo says:

    Kudos to Kosmix for landing $20M in funding and for trying to change the face of search,

    But you should check out NeXplore (, another search engine working mightily to change the face of search.

    With approx 4M unique visitors/month, NeXplore is faring far better than Kosmix, Cuil, Mahalo, Searchme, CoolIris, etc.

    Don’t take my word for it. Check out NeXplore vs others on

  2. Vijay Chittoor says:

    Amit, thanks for the post. Your analysis seems to be restricted to our homepage. To experience the product completely, you should enter a topic into the search box. For instance, here are the search results for the query “chocolate cake”:, and the search results for diabetes are here: You’ll see that we contextually pick the best content from the web and also organize the results for the user. Would love to hear your thoughts after you try a few searches. Do note that we’re not aiming to be a google replacement; here’s a good post explaining how we’re different from other search engines:

  3. Ella says:

    GLseek metasearch engine ( ) can search and return results from Google, Yahoo, Live and Ask .
    Its a powerful metasearch engine and i like it too much.
    It can search for everything you want : web ,images, videos (great), news, jobs, wikipedia, travel ,Shopping and …

    This metasearch engine has some unique features.
    After searching it rank results by relevance. Why?
    However Google, Yahoo, Live themselves rank results by relevance but as they are using of different algorithms, GLseek will rank results again to give best results to its users.
    Most metasearch engines can return only limited results, for example they can give at most 300 results to the visitor but GLseek will give all results from above search engines to the
    visitor. It’s a very unique technology which is used in this
    great search engine.
    Glseek Metasearch engine has some softwares too:

    1) Glseek Toolbar:

    This toolbar has nice abilities:
    Email Checker: It can check and receive your emails instantly without logging to your email account.
    Auto filler: It fills all of your forms if you want.
    Password Manager: It’s one of the best password managers. It’s really great and can save unlimited usernames and passwords if you want.
    Save: By clicking on this icon, the current page will be saved as image.
    Search Engine: It can search directly through Glseek search engine in all languages.
    Highlighter: It will highlight the searched words if you want, for finding them easier in pages.and other abilities.
    You can download the latest version of this toolbar from here:

    2) Glseek Instant Search:

    By opening this software, you directly will be guided to Glseek home page then you can search.
    Or in the search box you can enter search term and see results.
    You can download the latest version of this Instant Search from


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