Cuil was a search engine that was founded in January 2005, but publicly launched in 2008. Cuil raised $33 million in venture capital between 2007 and 2008 after telling investors that their website indexing costs would be one-tenth the cost of Google’s costs. This was based on new search architecture and relevance methods.
After launching, Cuil struggled to gain any real traction. I personally believe that the name of the search engine and the dark colored design of their website had a big part of their huge bounce rate. Cuil is currently offline now and former employees are saying that it is down for good now. Supposedly current employees have not been paid this week either.