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Powerset  Acquired by Microsoft (2008 $ 100,000,000)

475 Brannan Street
San Francisco, CA 9107
USA
415-848-7000
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Team

Management: Chad Walters (Director of Search & Platform Engineering) Gian Lorenzo Thione (Product architect);  Tom Preston-Werner (Software Developer)
Outside board: Peter Thiel (Founders Fund Partner) Charles Moldow (Foundation Capital General Partner)
Company

Business description: Powerset is a Silicon Valley company building a transformative consumer search engine based on natural language processing. Our unique innovations in search are rooted in breakthrough technologies that take advantage of the structure and nuances of natural language. Using these advanced techniques, Powerset is building a large-scale search engine that breaks the confines of keyword search. By making search more natural and intuitive, Powerset is fundamentally changing how we search the web, and delivering higher quality results. Powerset is currently operating in semi-stealth mode. Please check back in the near future for more information about the company and its products.
Partners include: PARC
Capital

Rounds: 1
Recent fundings: Nov 2006
Capital raised: 12.5M
Last Round: 12.5M
Ownership: Acquired by Microsoft (2008 $ 100,000,000)
Angels/other VCs: Azeem Azhar (Albert-Inc);  Scott Banister (IronPort Systems);  John Brimacombe (Ngame);  David DesJardins (Google);  Esther Dyson (Edventure Holdings);  Reid Hoffman (LinkedIn);  Zain Khan (Google);  Alexander Lloyd (Rustic Canyon Partners);  Luke Nosek (The Founders Fund);  Pejman Nozad (Amidzad Ventures);  Carl Page (Handheld Entertainment);  Sean N Parker (Facebook);  Todd Parker (Hidden River);  Allan M Schiffman (Terisa Systems);  Aydin Senkut (Felicis Ventures);  Marty Tenenbaum (CommerceNet);  Peter Thiel (The Founders Fund);  Eric W Tilenius (Netcentives);  Adrian Weller (Goldman Sachs)

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Overview
Record updated: Nov 2007
Sector: Internet
Year Founded: 2006
Rounds: 1
Recent fundings: Nov 2006
Capital raised: 12.5M
Last Round: 12.5M
Ownership: Acquired by Microsoft (2008 $ 100,000,000)