Why you shouldn’t launch your startup in the press

What’s one way to maximize the potential success of your startup while minimizing risk? Make sure that your business and application are ready by testing on users before you make a big marketing push, says Eric Ries, author of The Lean Startup.

Cpedia Founder Says Errors Are “Intentional”

Cpedia founder Tom Costello has lashed out in a blog post at critics of his automated encyclopedia engine, which is a spinoff of the Cuil search engine he founded with his wife, ex-Google Anna Patterson. Costello says the errors found in Cpedia are “intentional.”

Cuil Failed at Search, Now Fails to Copy Wikipedia

Cuil, a widely panned search engine that debuted in 2008, has launched an automated encyclopedia called Cpedia that produces articles on topics by generating them from pages found in its index. But the only thing Cpedia manages to do is make Wikipedia look really, really good.

Will Cuil’s New Streaming Feature Put It Back on the Map?

cuilCuil, a company of ex-Googlers that developed a search engine of the same name, released a new streaming feature today that displays real-time search results in a box on the site. It’s intended to help you watch the conversation about your search term unfold on the web. You can pop the box out of the Cuil web page and move it to another place on your desktop. A dial at the bottom of the box lets you determine whether you’d like to see streamed search results from the last one, four or 12 hours or the past day. And on the right-hand side of the feature, there’s a “hotness meter” that measures the amount of chatter going on about your search term on the web.
Initially billed as a potential Google (s goog) killer, Cuil attracted gobs of media attention when it launched last year, yet quickly received criticism that its search capability was weaker than Google’s. The company has since faded from the limelight and has seen traffic to its search engine fall over the last year. Tapping into the real-time trend may help Cuil get out of its rut. Read More about Will Cuil’s New Streaming Feature Put It Back on the Map?

Cuil Finally Gets Going

These days, anyone starting a search-related effort almost certainly has to deal with the G-Factor. Are they trying to take on Google? How are they going to beat that awesome search-and-advertising money machine from Mountain View, Calif.? It is hardly a surprise that Anna Patterson, president and co-founder of Menlo Park, Calif.-based Cuil (pronounced cool), has been fielding those questions from the media, as the company gets ready to launch on Monday, July 28.

The company, which has raised about $33 million in two rounds of founding from Madrone Capital Partners, Tugboat Ventures and Greylock Partners, has been the subject of much speculation in Silicon Valley, mostly because of founders’ (Patterson, Tom Costello and Russell Power) pedigrees — not to mention some well-known search luminaries who have joined the company.

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