Background Check Company Intelius Buys Spock.com

Posted May 1, 2009

Background checking company Intelius has bought Spock.com, a search engine that “tracks people.”  The data is mainly grabbed from social network profiles (Friendster, MySpace, etc.) and search results for names.

Jaideep Singh confirmed the deal with VentureBeat and TechCrunch speculated the deal earlier.  Spock raised $8 million around December 2006 from Clearstone and Opus.  Spock receives about 10 million unique visitors per month according to Singh.  Some buyers passed on Spock, but other offers were made too.

No word on the financial details about the transactions.  Intelius, Inc. made about $55 million in revenue in 2006 and the company was considering going IPO last year to raise around $143.75 million.