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I’m getting the question, why is phase 2 going to cost so much?

Phase 2, the phase when the server leaves the social search and goes into full web index search mode, codenamed “shangri la” will cost a lot because.

A. Yes, I’ve written all the code so far but I am not a robot

B. I am not a marketer

C. I am not a graphic designer

D. We have mailing lists with millions of people who opted in on our sites, but I am not up on doing mailings. I suck at them.

E. We have to spend X amount of money to get webmasters from popular sites to use our search bar for their website no matter what.

F. We have to start coding the rest of the Google suite. Analytics, reader, maps, ect…. We have to buy map data…, our new venture partner Art can probably do the flash but you know what I mean. Even he is not a robot.

G. We need some serious hardware to store a 10 Billion page index in full text mode in memory so it’s hot and ready to go. (Think about the progress bar on your Xblox or Playstation when it says “loading”)

So there you have it. As one man army as I am, I can’t take on Google codewise by myself. Each Googler is like 10X smarter than a Microsoftie. Multiply that by 15,000 and divide me, one, by it. That’s the success rate chance unless we have series B, that’s B, not A, funding. Our VC adviser is our best chance of that.

UPDATE: No doubt nobody would invest in a Canadian Web 3.0 company, but we’ll be out of Canada soon and I’ll have incorporated in California by late March. So please keep this in mind if you are a VC looking through. We’ll probably have passed through any seed funding by August or September. I had talked about 50k just to get through Phase 1 in private beta to RTM(plus money I will invest left over from the liquidation here in Canada). I can hardly handle that solo, but I’ll probably make it.

My biggest problem so far has been being in Canada and dealing with the mis-fortunate Canadian environment. With that out of the way it should be clear sailing because we have the know how, part of the money and the desire to carry this out.

It’s like walking with a big ball and chain. Once somebody cuts it, we’ll be able to fly.


  1. “No doubt nobody would invest in a Canadian Web 3.0 company”

    No doubt no one will invest in a “me too” search engine from a company named after a slo-pitch team.

    Comment by OpenWookie — December 12th, 2007 @ 6:17 pm
  2. Google itself was a me too search engine.

    The search is only the core. Once you have that you can start building interesting peripheral services that differ from the others. Just as Zoho has shown, if you don’t have the core engine there, the peripheral services are meaningless.

    Comment by Chris R. — December 12th, 2007 @ 7:00 pm
  3. BTW, thanks for your continued patronage!

    Comment by Chris R. — December 12th, 2007 @ 7:01 pm
  4. “Google itself was a me too search engine”

    No it wasn’t. No one was concentrating on search at all. It was written off as just another feature of a ‘portal’.

    Comment by OpenWookie — December 12th, 2007 @ 7:21 pm
  5. “No it wasn’t. No one was concentrating on search at all. It was written off as just another feature of a ‘portal’.”

    I am going to dispute that.

    As for OReilly he’s flat wrong. He was on the board of a search engine based on FOSS. This engine I am doing is all custom and in that it can be air tight skin suited for whatever hardware we happen to upgrade to.

    It’s like trying to run Heritrix and saying you have Google BOT, NO you don’t.

    Search is only locked to Google if you do it like them. If you can morph the vast database that is a full web index into something new. A NEW way to present indexed web data, then I think you have a real shot.

    I think WE HAVE a real shot. Hint hint…. I have not yet revealed everything.

    We still have investors and a VC/Adviser interested in this. If all search projects like cuill and gigablast were dead pool DOA, then they would not be.

    Comment by Chris R. — December 12th, 2007 @ 7:34 pm

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