Spock Closes $7M in Series A Funding from Clearstone and Opus Capital Ventures

Menlo Park, CA (PRWEB) December 20, 2006

Spock Networks, Inc., the worlds largest people search engine, today announced that the company has received $ 7 million in a Series A funding round from Clearstone Venture Partners and Opus Capital Ventures. Funds will be used to expand hiring, increase the companys infrastructure and accelerate product development. The company further announced the election of William Quigley, managing director at Clearstone, Ken Elefant, general partner at Opus Capital Ventures, and Siva Kumar, serial entrepreneur and CEO of the TheFind.com, to its board of directors.

Spock is developing a new kind of search engine that helps users find and discover people. With over one hundred million individuals indexed and millions added every day, Spock is building the largest and most comprehensive people specific search engine. Spock expects to publicly launch in 2007.

If you look at the top searches at Yahoo or Google today you will find people Britney Spears, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie – always at the top of those lists clearly demonstrating large user interest in searching for people, said William Quigley, partner at Clearstone Venture Partners. Companies like Google and Yahoo mastered web search, Amazon conquered product search, and we believe Spock is well-positioned to deliver a compelling solution for people search, Quigley said.

Everyone is curious about what is said about them online. Who hasnt googled their own name or someone they know? said Ken Elefant, general partner at Opus Capital Ventures. We were incredibly impressed with the Spock team with their tremendous experience. We believe they are approaching the challenge of searching for people in a very different and powerful way that will set them apart from the current general market approach to people search.

Spock is excited to be working with both Clearstone and Opus Capital Ventures to further advance our product development and team building efforts, said Jaideep Singh, CEO and co-founder of Spock Networks. We have built an impressive team with years of experience in search. The additional funds will enable us to expand faster and dramatically increase the scale of our growing infrastructure.

About Clearstone Venture Partners

Clearstone Venture Partners is an early stage venture capital firm with offices in Santa Monica, CA, Menlo Park, CA, and Mumbai, India. Clearstone was an early investor in such well known companies as PayPal, NetZero, Overture, and CarsDirect. The firm has $ 650 million under management and is investing in its third fund in seed and early stage companies in the United States and India.

About Opus Capital Ventures

Opus Capital Ventures is a venture capital firm with more than $ 1 billion capital under management, investing in committed, in high integrity, committed entrepreneurs, entrepreneurs building early-stage technology companies. The team has participated in the successful outcomes of more than 80 companies (including 50 IPOs) in the U.S. and in Israel including AirGate PCS, Electronics for Imaging, FedEx, Genesys, Harmonic, Precept Software and Vantive. Opus Capital Ventures is headquartered in Menlo Park, California. For more info, please visit http://www.opuscapitalventures.com.

About Spock Networks, Inc.

Spock – http://www.spock.com is developing a search engine that helps users find and discover people. With over one hundred million people already indexed and millions added everyday, Spock is building the broadest and deepest people specific search engine. Spock expects to publicly launch in 2007. Founded by Jaideep Singh, formerly of Clearstone Venture Partners, and Jay Bhatti, formerly of Microsoft, the team has extensive experience in search from leading companies including Friendster, Netscape, Yahoo, and Microsoft. Spock has received over $ 8 million in investments to date from Clearstone Venture Partners and Opus Capital Ventures.

For inquiries please contact:

Todd Sawicki, VP of Marketing

Spock Networks, Inc.

650-234-0400

http://www.spock.com

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TheFind: Shopping iPhone App Demo

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TheFind.com is the Fastest-Growing Next-Generation Shopping Search Engine

Mountain View, Calif. (PRWEB) March 28, 2007

TheFind.com announced today that since launch it has experienced significant traffic growth and is the number one next-generation shopping site in terms of traffic and consumer interaction metrics. In addition, the company’s newly-added strategic partnerships and monetization features will continue to grow traffic and revenue in the coming months.

Since TheFind.com launched on October 31, 2006, unique visits to the site have grown by 540 percent, from 141,625 visits in November to a run rate of over 900,000 in March 2007. Based on this run rate, TheFind.com will easily surpass the milestone of one million monthly visitors during the month of April, just six months after the company launched. Additionally, TheFind.com is already experiencing more than five million page views per month, indicating consumers are highly engaged with the site and integrating it into their everyday shopping routines.

“Consumers are obviously finding value in TheFind.com as a preferred shopping search engine,” said Siva Kumar, co-founder and CEO of TheFind.com. “TheFind.com is emerging as the clear next-generation leader in shopping search. We set out to develop the most comprehensive and efficient discovery shopping engine, enabling consumers to find anything for sale online, especially lifestyle products. With the largest product index among all shopping search engines and the leading traffic and engagement numbers among new entrants, we are proud of what we have accomplished since October. We are thrilled at the early response that has put us in this leadership position.”

Additional traffic highlights since launch include:

11th Annual Webby Awards Unveil Nominees for Best Websites, Videos, and Ads of the Year


New York, NY (PRWEB) April 10, 2007

In keeping with its famous five-word speech limit, The 11th Annual Webby Awards nominees unveiled today can be summed with just five words: The Year of Online Video.

From Jumpcut (Best Broadband) and AOL’s TMZ.com (Best Celebrity/Fan) to Steven Voltzs The Extreme Diet Coke and Mentos Experiments (Best Viral) and Mekanism’s Clearification (Best Branded Advertising), video innovation is a hallmark of nominees in dozens of categories, confirming why it has become the driving force in a medium which continues to reshape everything from advertising and business to pop culture and politics.

A full list of all nominees in more than 100 categories can be found at

http://www.webbyawards.com/webbys/current.php.

“The Internet is becoming an even more integral part of our everyday lives thanks to the creativity and innovation of this year’s nominees,” said David-Michel Davies, the executive director of The Webby Awards. “It’s especially exciting to see how so many of them are using the power of video to create a more vital and entertaining online experience.

Hailed as the Oscars of the Internet by the New York Times, The Webby Awards is the leading international awards honoring Web sites, online film and video, interactive advertising, and mobile content. The Webby Awards is presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences, a 550-person judging academy whose members include Vinton Cerf, R/GAs Chief Bob Greenberg, “Simpson’s” creator Matt Groening, Arianna Huffington, and Harvey Weinstein.

Unlike other awards shows, where only judges choose the winners, The Webby Awards revels in the Webs democratic spirit. Starting today through April 27th, the public can cast their votes in The Webby Peoples Voice Awards presented by Verizon at http://peoplesvoice.webbyawards.com.

Winners will be announced on May 1st and honored at two star-studded ceremonies in New York City: The Webby Film & Video Awards on June 4th and The 11th Annual Webby Awards Gala on June 5th. Hosted by comedian Rob Corddry (Foxs The Winner, The Daily Show), the ceremonies will showcase both Webby and Peoples Voice winners delivering their own five-word speeches.

Highlights of the 11th Annual Webby Awards nominees include:

— The Webby Awards received 8,000 entries from a record 60 countries. International nominees increased nearly 30 percent, with contenders hailing from dozens of nations, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, India, Israel, Mexico, South Korea, Singapore, Sweden, and the U.K.

— The BBC received the most nominations (5). Other multiple nominees include NPR (4), NYTimes.com (4), Salon.com (4), Flickr (3), JonathanYuen.com (3), LinkedIn (3), The Onion (3), TruthDig (3), WeFeelFine.org (3), and Yahoo! (3).

— The nominees for Best Practices — del.icio.us, digg, Facebook, Flickr, and Last.fm — represent the leading edge of new technologies and trends reshaping the Web.

— Breakouts this year include Revver (Best Broadband), Threadless (Best Community), FabSugar (Fashion), Lego Star Wars II (Best Games-Related), 30 Boxes (Best Services), StumbleUpon (Best Social Networking), TheFind.com (Best Retail), and WikiTravel.org (Best Travel).

— Nominees for The Webby Film and Video Awards, a separate awards show honoring original film and video premiering on the Internet, range from major networks like NBCs The Office Webisodes (Best Comedy-Short) to indie upstarts like Its JerryTime! (Best Animation). (For more on the film and video nominees, visit http://www.webbyawards.com/press/press-release.php?id=126 ).

— Notable nominees in the new interactive advertising categories include Varitalks celebrated Snakes on a Plane campaign (Best Viral Marketing) and R/GAs Nike Women Rockstar Workout (Best Branded Content), which allowed fans to pause a hit dance video and learn moves directly from its choreographer.

— In the interactive advertising categories, several agencies received multiple nominations including: five for Crispin Porter + Bogusky and R/GA; four for Farfar; three for AlmapBBDO; and two each for DDB Brazil, McCann Digital, Saatchi and Saatchi LA, and Euro RSCG 4D. (For more on the advertising nominees, visit http://www.webbyawards.com/press/press-release.php?id=125 ).

— Contenders in the inaugural mobile content categories include heavyweights like Yahoo! Mobile Web and Maxim Mobile and rising stars as Thumbplay and Travelosa.

The voting process is overseen by PricewaterhouseCoopers.

About The Webby Awards:

Hailed as the “Oscars of the Internet by the New York Times, The Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet, including Web sites, interactive advertising, online film and video, and mobile web sites. Established in 1996, the 11th Annual Webby Awards received a record 8,000 entries from all 50 states and over 60 countries worldwide. The Webby Awards is presented by The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. Sponsors and Partners of The Webby Awards include: Adobe; The Creative Group; Verizon; AOL Video; dotMobi; Level3; Adweek; Fortune; Reuters; Variety; Wired; IDG: Brightcove; PricewaterhouseCoopers; 2advanced.Net; KobeMail and Museum of the Moving Image.

Contact:

Gita Chandra

Patrick Kowalczyk

MKPR, 212.627.8098

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