You.com startup developing “the world’s first open search engine», Announced the beginning of beta testing of the search engine and attracting investments in the amount of $ 20 million. According to available data, the main investors in the project are Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff, as well as Breyer Capital, Sound Ventures, Day One Ventures and others.
You.com plans to spend the funds raised on the development of its own platform and increasing the user audience. The company believes that as technology develops, the Internet is becoming more centralized and controlled by several IT giants. In response, You.com plans to use technology to help people “To live better and more productively”.
Founded in 2020, You.com uses neurolinguistic programming to process search queries, rank results, and semantic parsing of queries in a variety of languages, including programming languages. The platform uses AI algorithms to summarize search results and expand them with built-in search applications, so that users can perform various tasks without leaving the search results pages.
“The first page of Google can only be changed by paying for ads, which annoys users and costs the company dearly. Our new platform will allow businesses to post their most relevant content on the front page, and if users like it, they can interact with it right there. Most companies and partners will prefer this new interface of people’s digital life to Google’s old status quo. “– said Richard Socher, co-founder and CEO of You.com.
The developers also claim that You.com “Raises the bar” privacy by offering users an incognito mode “Zero trace”… Currently, the platform does not display ads, does not sell data to third parties, and does not track user behavior on the Internet. While the company does not rule out the possibility of advertising appearing on the platform, it has publicly committed itself never to show users “Targeted advertising that violates privacy”.
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