Google – Yahoo, Microsoft, and Cuil?

July 29, 2008

Onsite Computer loves competition in a free, capitalistic society as consumers are generally beneficiaries to market rivalry. The Internet is no stranger to capitalistic rivalry as giants like Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft dominate the news as competitors in the search engine war.

Microsoft’s continued drama to acquire Yahoo’s search technology and compete with Google is a source of daily news. Google’s strategic deal with Yahoo prevents immediate competition from Microsoft. Furthermore, if Microsoft claims of an anti-competitive nature are deemed untrue by federal regulators and the Google Yahoo deal receives regulatory approval, some may say Google’s search engine market share is safe from competitive threats by Microsoft – at least for the moment.

Yesterday, a start-up search engine composed of former Google employees made their debut to the search engine oligopoly. Cuil (pronounced ‘cool’), http://www.cuil.com, was started by the husband/wife team of Tom Costello and Anna Patterson. Costello, who developed search engines at Stanford and IBM, and Patterson, who was a search engine architect and leader of a web page rating team at Google, started their venture as many entrepreneurs.

Costello and Patterson felt constrained by Google’s search engine technology so they ventured out on their own and created Cuil. Cuil’s methodology of link analysis and traffic scrutiny have impressed venture capitalists and garnered $33 Million in investment capital; however in a world where players like Microsoft offer $40+ Billion for acquisitions like Yahoo, some may contend $33 Million does not pose a significant challenge to giants like Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft.

It is too early to determine if Cuil’s search engine offers better search results to users. In business school it is taught that business plans must have an exit strategy. It will be interesting to note if Cuil’s exit strategy involves the sale of its search engine technology. Does Microsoft need a good search engine?

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This New Orleans On-Site Computer Service post was provided by Eli Lucas. Eli can be reached at eli@onsitenola.com. Onsite Computer serves the Microsoft computing needs of small businesses throughout the Greater New Orleans area including Uptown, Lakeview, Broadmoor, Mid-City, Metairie, Jefferson, Kenner, Westbank, French Quarter, and the Warehouse District. Please visit our website for New Orleans Computer Service.

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