Can anyone really take on Google? What is the future of search and the browser? We are Vivek Raghunathan, co-founder of Neeva (ad-free, private search) and ex-head of YouTube ads, and Darin Fisher, head of Neeva’s browser and ex-head of Chrome. As...
****Update at 12:35pm
Folks -- It's been a blast hanging out with everyone and answering your questions. Darin and I need to jump back to writing code -- we will catch up on this AMA in a few hours and make a sweep. Again, thanks for the thoughtful questions.
=Vivek & Darin
I am Vivek Raghunathan, co-founder of Neeva (ad-free, private search) and former head of monetization at YouTube, and I am Darin Fisher, overseeing Neeva’s browser development and formerly ran the Google Chrome engineering team.
At Neeva, we have been busy trying to reimagine search and the browser with you, the end user, at the center of the experience. Neeva has no ads, is private, and is built completely for you. We offer a free basic version and a paid premium version. We only make money (and succeed) if you love the product enough that you’ll pay for it. It’s that simple.
Putting you at the center of information discovery lets us innovate in ways that existing ads-supported search engines (or as we refer to it at Neeva, “the other search engine in Mountain View”) can’t or won’t do (because it hurts the bottomline). For example, Fast Tap search gets you directly to your search results inside of our browser. The cookie cutter extension eliminates (GDPR) cookie consent pop-ups by letting you set your preferences once for all sites. NeevaScope uses our search engine to make discovery in the browser smarter.
Of course, building a search engine and a browser are no easy tasks for a small team up against a player with 80%+ market share, thousands of engineers, and billions of dollars to spend (that pesky upstart in Mountain View, CA again!). Offering a new information discovery experience for consumers across search and the browser is one of the most complicated challenges in technology, and we’d love to share our learnings.
We are happy to talk about all things search and browsers, both the product and the technology. And give you a behind the scenes look at the ads ecosystem. As well as lessons/stories from our days at Google and how those translated (or didn’t) to building a startup from scratch. And whatever else you ask us.
Ask Me (us) Anything!
Folks answering questions from Neeva:
- Me (Vivek Raghunathan, co-founder Neeva) (pic link: https://imgur.com/a/mNKPBsw)
- Darin Fisher: https://www.reddit.com/u/fishyone1 -- head of Neeva's browser and mobile team
- Ben Kobren: https://www.reddit.com/u/BenNeeva -- head of Neeva's policy team. Ben is there only if anything policy comes up.
- Steve Shure: https://www.reddit.com/u/SteeveNeeva -- head of Neeva's business team. Steve is there only if something on the business side comes up.