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Powerset (company)

Powerset (company)

A company that created an internet search engine. It was started in 2005 and acquired by Microsoft in 2008. 

Powerset was a California-based company with technology to conduct searches on the internet using natural language processing (NLP). The technology was able to consider the semantic meaning behind keyword searches, not just the keywords themselves. It was focused on the structure of language so that users would get more relevant search results when using the product.

Product

Powerset was used to search articles using NLP on Wikipedia. Upon entering the keywords or question in the search engine box, users would be presented with relevant images, tags, and summaries.They could click on an article, which they would then view along with a side box containing "factz". The "factz" were brief facts that were related to the topic and users were also able to click on those in order to be taken to an article that was related to the previous one. 

Funding and Acquisition

The company had two funding rounds, raising a total of $20.5 million. In 2008, Microsoft acquired Powerset for a reported $100 million. The technology was then integrated into Bing, Microsoft's own search engine. 



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Funding rounds

2 Results
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People

Name
Role
LinkedIn

Abhay Kumar

Employee



Alex Le

Employee



Alexander Lloyd

Investor



Allan Schiffman

Investor



Anthony W. Richardson

Advisor



Aydin Senkut

Investor



Barney Pell

Founder



Bennett Thuener

Employee



Bill Trenchard

Investor



Bob Lannon

Employee



Chris Van Pelt

Employee



Dave Fayram

Employee



Dr. Hossein Eslambolchi

Investor



Eric Tilenius

Investor



Franco Salvetti

Employee



Geoff Ralston

Investor



H. Paul Hammann

Employee



Jeff Shrager

Employee



Jeremy Verba

Investor



Jim Reinhold

Employee



Jonathan Siddharth

Employee



Karo Moilanen

Employee



Kevin Clark

Employee



Lara Druyan

Investor



Lorenzo Thione

Founder



Further reading

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Author
Link
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Bing finds meaning in Powerset

Cade Metz

Web

July 1, 2009

Powerset shows semantic search solution

Paul Miller

Web

May 12, 2008

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