Google ex employee starts his own search engine (2024)

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Hey everybody how's, it going I hope, you're having a lovely day before we get into the topic of today's video, which is really cool.

A next Google employee is looking to create a search engine that does not track you that does not collect your data and then use it to advertise to you or anything like that.

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So the topic of today's video is going to be this x, Google employee, that's looking to create a search engine that does not track you! No tracking no bias, no collecting all your personal data which I think is pretty cool.

Unfortunately we live in a world.

Now where you are the product.

Everything has been made free.

A lot of these companies listened, they heard what people were saying back in 1999 2000, 2001 2002, when Napster in Kaza and I mentioned everything else became popular people want to be able to use online services for free, so they figured out a way to make it work and be economically viable.

The downside of that is that we are the product and the Pendulum just so happens to have swung a little bit too far in the direction of us being the product.

This kind of stuff can become very obvious when you have free email and free hosting.

Yet you use that free hosting to send to your doctor an image of your child's medical problem and you get reported to the police as a Pato.

This is the type of stuff that we are looking to move away from, and unfortunately, while we do have free alternatives, I I hate to say it.

But they kind of suck like DuckDuckGo.

Is a search engine I literally can't even find my own website.

So if I just go to search for, if I use the domain name of my website as a search term, I cannot find my own website.

If I do iPhone 7 repair site, colon, it finds nothing and on Google I can find my own website immediately and find all of my stuff so like you do have free Alternatives, but they yeah I'm I hate to talk bad about stuff like that they are really trying to do a good thing, but it there's a reason that they have the market share.

They do it kind of sucks.

This is going to be a search engine that started with the idea of being good and not tracking You by actually having a somewhat sustainable business model.

So it says here Creator who worked at Google for 16 years and ran its ad business, told BBC News the technology sector had become exploitative of people's data, something you no longer wanted to be a part of track or share information about online activity, largely to Target advertisem*nts.

He's raised about 77.5 million dollars from investors.

It offers free to use search.

However, this is not going to remain free forever.

The UK price is expected to be five pounds a month so that they can actually have a sustainable model going into the future where, instead of you being the product, you are paying for a product you're receiving a product, and hopefully the product is good and it does not track you.

It says we felt a traditional search.

Engines had become about advertising and advertisers not really about serving users.

Google has a dominant position in the marketplace, and the incentive for them to truly innovate.

To create truly disruptive experiences is not really there and then also as a company.

They feel obligated to show more and more revenue and profit to their shareholders, so they just keep increasing the number of ads.

The article says to Bing or to duck.go and other privacy focused service are not verbs in the way that to Google is and again the reason is it just.

It doesn't return me results that I'm that I'm looking for, which is why a lot of people still use Google Now.

The sad thing here is that they've said that they don't even expect to be able to compete with Google.

You know when asked if they could ever topple their former employer.

He says realistically, no, which honestly makes me sad if this search engine works as well as Google does or even 50, as well as Google, does I put five or ten bucks a month down on the table to be able to use that instead of using Google I have no problem with it.

I know, there's a lot of people out there that are going to say what do you mean pay for search, I've, gotten search for over 20 years for free, and you did, but this here is the price of that.

The price of that is your personal data and I think we're starting to reach a point whether it is fracturing along political lines as to what is considered acceptable versus what makes you a horrible human being uh, whether we're talking about data breaches or anything else where this type of stuff really does matter.

If you search the word, I, don't know haircut during covid.

Do you really want that information used against you five years later? If you live in a state where that would be considered a crime, do you really want it used against you? If you live in a state and there's some sort of data breach that you were searching for abortion right after you missed your period? Can we live in a time where privacy matters the more contentious many issues become in our society, the more important it is that we have our privacy the more important it is that our searches, that our location data and everything else is not saved for 10 or 20 or 30 years for I accompany that you never know could get hacked and even if they weren't getting hacked.

Frankly, we just don't want to have all of our effing personal data, so I'm really curious to see how this goes and if this doesn't suck again it it doesn't have to be as good as Google as long as it doesn't completely.

Suck I will happily put money down on the table to pay for it to have this and I also think that there's an interesting opportunity here to work out arrangements with service providers.

Like imagine going to an ISP and saying we will give you a discounted rate.

If you want to offer this to all of your users, the same way that, let's say Microsoft was offering discount licenses to Dell and Compact and Gateway and HP and everything back in the day, so that the user is not seen as paying for it, but that would be a benefit.

So if you use this ISP versus that ISP or like that or you know, you get free search, I, don't know if you use a t instead of T-Mobile or Verizon instead of a t or something you get a free search account that allows you to use a search engine that doesn't spy on you, there's all different types of ways that they can try to monetize this, but I really do hope that this comes out.

I really do hope that they're able to get a user base, but above all, I really hope that the same privacy conscious the Privacy minded people that, in my comments, say I, don't want to be the product anymore, don't come out and on the idea of it costing five pounds a month to do this.

The one good criticism that I did hear of this is: how do you prove that they're not actually doing it because again, like you, have sites like let's say: Bloomberg is a new site and it's 40 bucks a month.

If you want to pay for the news you pay for the news, but even if you give them 40 bucks a month, all of their videos still have unskippable ads on it and there are ads in every single one of their articles, which really just begs the question: why don't I just use an ad blocker and a and some you know, unpaywall plug-in if you're going to advertise to me anyway? Why am I paying you now with that kind of stuff it's easy to see, but when it comes to tracking that's where it becomes a little bit more difficult, how do you prove a negative? How do you prove that you're, not tracking me, that would require that I have access to your servers and see everything that you're actually doing or that the search engine be open source in some way? How are you going to prove to me that you're, not tracking me, I, don't think that the issue is going to be so much that people don't want to pay five bucks or 10 bucks a month for a search engine I think the big issue is going to be trust.

How do I trust that you're, not taking my five or ten bucks a month and tracking me and selling my data anyway? That's going to be the real hurdle, I think they have to overcome.

That is a very understandable criticism.

You have a lot of people that have a lot of reason to be very cynical, because there are many companies that will say that they're not using your user data improperly, but they actually are.

You have companies like Samsung that will accuse independent repair shops, of putting tick tock on people's phones and then actually go ahead and put tick tock on people's phones.

So there's a lot of reason to not trust that new large companies are tracking you even when they say they aren't.

But I really do hope that they're able to convince the public that they're, not tracking people and, more importantly, I hope that they actually are not tracking people.

So that would what they say is actually honest and if that's the case, I'll happily pay for it.

But if this thing comes out and they're able to make a good faith effort and show that they are actually trying to create a good search engine and not track me, I'll, happily put five or ten bucks a month on the table and never use Google again, let me know what you think in the comments down below that's it for today and as always, I hope.

You learned something I'll see you all in the next video bye now hope to see you Monday.

Google ex employee starts his own search engine (2024)


What is the new search engine former Google employees? ›

The ad-free private search engine co-founded by former Google employees has announced it is shutting down. The ad-free private search engine Neeva is shutting down after being unable to acquire more users, according to a statement by co-founders Sridhar Ramaswamy and Vivek Raghunathan on May 20.

Why Sridhar Ramaswamy left Google? ›

He worked his way up the company over the course of 15 years. In 2013, he was promoted to senior vice president of advertising and commerce at Google. Ramaswamy left Google in 2018 to become a partner at venture capitalist firm Greylock Partners.

Which former Google ads boss launches Web3 search startup with backing from Coinbase top VCs? ›

Former Google ads boss launches 'Web3' search startup with backing from Coinbase, top VCs. Sridhar Ramaswamy, who led Google's advertising business from 2013 to 2018, has launched a Web3 company called nxyz.

How does Neeva make money? ›

Ads usually win. The Neeva founders figured that by inverting the business model from ads to subscriptions, they could incentivize themselves to build a search engine that prioritized privacy, user experience and simplicity instead of scale, scale and scale.

Why Google employees are called Noogler? ›

What's a Noogler?” A Noogler is the affectionate term Google uses to refer to new hires. While you may never have heard that word before, you've probably heard about Google's (legendary) workplace culture.

What do you call a new Google employee? ›

Google's employees are called Googlers.

Who is behind Neeva? ›

Neeva, the privacy-focused search company co-founded by former Google executive Sridhar Ramaswamy, announced Saturday that it is shutting down its consumer search engine and will focus on exploring use cases for artificial intelligence.

Who owns Neeva search engine? ›

Founded in 2019 by former Googlers Ramaswamy and Raghunathan, Neeva launched an ad-free, subscription-only (i.e. paid) search engine in the U.S. two years ago, before adding a free tier to the mix six months later.

What is Neeva search engine? ›

Neeva was founded by two former Google executives with a vision to create a search engine that didn't show ads or sell user data. Their path to monetization was based on the idea that consumers who valued their privacy would subscribe to a search engine that offered a better user experience.

Which crypto companies are tempting top talent away from big tech to build Web3? ›

Crypto companies like Polygon and Circle are hiring top talent from Big Tech firms, enticing them with the pitch of working on the next “big thing” in tech — Web3. The Web3 movement proposes overhauling the internet in a way that would move online services over to decentralized technologies like blockchain.

Is Coinbase built on Web3? ›

Building the most simple and secure wallet for web3

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How to make money online with Google ads in 2023? ›

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How many employees does Neeva have? ›

Neeva has 86 employees, and the revenue per employee ratio is $31,395. Neeva peak revenue was $2.7M in 2022.

How is Neeva different from Google? ›

Summary Neeva is a subscription-based, ad-free, and privacy-focused search engine. It's Google without the ads and tracking. Where Neeva differs from other Google alternatives is that it requires a monthly subscription, currently $4.95/month after a generous free trial.

What happened to Neeva? ›

Neeva, an advert- and tracker-free search engine founded by a former Google ad exec, says it will shut down. The search engine asked users to pay rather than be shown ads but struggled to attract subscribers.

What are the odds of getting hired by Google? ›

Google gets around 3 million applications a year now, according to HR head Laszlo Bock, and hires 7,000. That means only one in 428 applicants end up with a job, making it far more selective than institutions like Harvard, Yale, and Stanford.

Who is the highest paid Google employee? ›

Research Summary.
  • Research Scientist is the highest-paying job at Google with an average salary of $167,427 and an average hourly rate of $80.49.
  • The second highest-paying job at Google is information technology project manager, with an average salary of $153,565.
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Are Google employees happy? ›

97% of employees at Google Inc. say it is a great place to work compared to 57% of employees at a typical U.S.-based company.

What is a Greygler? ›

Greygler (plural Greyglers) (informal) An employee of the technology company Google who is relatively old.

Is Google terminating employees? ›

Google fired as many as 12,000 employees and the same was announced by CEO Sundar Pichai last month. In a letter to all employees, Sundar Pichai announced the layoffs and took 'full responsibility' of the same. He also said that the company will fully support its employees during this difficult transition.

Do Google employees date? ›

According to a Google spokesperson, the company strongly discourages employees from involving themselves in relationships with colleagues that they manage or report to, or if there is any question whether one individual has power over the other.

Is Neeva shutting down? ›

Neeva will shut down June 2. The ad-free search engine launched less than two years ago. Neeva's failure was due to its inability to attract enough users, the rise of generative AI and LLMs and the current economic environment, according to the company's founders, Sridhar Ramaswamy and Vivek Raghunathan.

Which search engine is owned by Russia? ›

The name of the system - Yandex, - was invented together by Arkady Volozh and Ilya Segalovich. The word stands for yet another indexer (or as “ I am ("ya" in Russian language) and index )”.

Which search engine is owned by China? ›

Baidu is China's largest and most widely used search engine, much like Google in the U.S.

Why is Neeva shutting down? ›

Neeva, the ad-free search engine, is shutting down its consumer-facing operations due to sustainability issues. Despite an initial surge in popularity, Neeva faced difficulties convincing users to switch from established search engines.

What is the most private search engine? ›

The top private search engines: a comparitive guide
  1. Brave Search. Brave Search doesn't track you, your searches, or your clicks. ...
  2. DuckDuckGo. DuckDuckGo (DDG) is a popular privacy search engine. ...
  3. 3. Yahoo! Search. ...
  4. Startpage. ...
  5. WolframAlpha. ...
  6. Ecosia. ...
  7. Qwant. ...
  8. Gibiru.
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Who has the most accurate search engine? ›

Google. Google is the world's most popular search engine, with a market share of over 93% (as of March 2023). Larry Page and Sergey Brin founded it in 1998. It uses a vast number of algorithms (called “ranking systems”) to provide users with fast and accurate search results.

Does Neeva track you? ›

Neeva does track your searches, but only to customize and improve your search results. Neeva also has an incognito mode, or you can permanently turn off all tracking in settings… Neeva Search Engine Promises Privacy for a Fee: The Google Alternative ...

How much does Neeva search cost? ›

Neeva has attractive search results for e-commerce, but the ad- and affiliate-free search engine can make it hard to actually shop – and it comes at a cost. $0.99 at

How much does Neeva cost? ›

Pricing for Neeva starts at $4.95 per month.

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What are the Web3 companies in the US? ›

These Web3 startup companies intend to guarantee the most precise and satisfactory results for their users.
  • Messari. Founded: 2018. ...
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  • Neeva. Founded: 2019. ...
  • Polygon. Founded: 2017. ...
  • GuardianLink. Founded: 2016. ...
  • Huddle01. Founded: 2020. ...
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What are the top Web3 crypto to buy? ›

Ethereum is one of the best Web3 crypto projects in the market and has long been the top altcoin to buy, cementing its place behind Bitcoin as the second-biggest token in the whole space.

Is Web3 just crypto? ›

Web3 has native payments: it uses cryptocurrency for spending and sending money online instead of relying on the outdated infrastructure of banks and payment processors.

Can Web3 exist without crypto? ›

Without crypto wallets, users would have no place to store that cryptocurrency (or any sort of passport to access Web3). And without blockchain networks, Web3 couldn't exist. All these technologies come together to enable the decentralized version of the Internet, this new thing called Web3.

Can I start Google Ads with no money? ›

Signing up for an account is free. You'll only pay when your customers take action, like when they click your ad to visit your website or call your business. To set you up for success, we'll provide reports and insights so you can track your ad's performance and costs.

What brings Google the most money? ›

The company leverages its search, web browsing, mobile operating systems, and cloud computing to make money through the sale of advertising and various service fees. Advertising generates the majority of revenue, but Google Cloud revenues are growing rapidly.

How many people use Google RN? ›

Google has 4.3 billion users worldwide. Based on 4.72 billion internet users worldwide and a market share of 92.24%. 33. In April 2021, Google had estimated unique visitors of 3.5 billion in the US.

Does Neeva use Google? ›

Summary Neeva is a subscription-based, ad-free, and privacy-focused search engine. It's Google without the ads and tracking. Sridhar Ramaswamy and Vivek Raghunathan helped turn Google into an ad giant.

How many U.S. Google employees are there? ›

Google has 139,995 employees. 40% of Google employees are women, while 60% are men.

Is there a smarter search engine than Google? ›

Bing is the second most popular search engine after Google and comes installed as default on most Windows and Microsoft devices. Like Google, Bing has a powerful algorithm that can ensure you find what you're looking for quickly and easily.

Is there a better search engine than Google? ›


DuckDuckGo is perhaps one of the top private search engines. It places high importance on securing the privacy of its searchers. Founded in 2008 by Gabriel Weinberg, DuckDuckGo brings you search results from over 400 different sources. It also has its own crawler and partners with Bing as well.

Why is Yandex so much better than Google? ›

Yandex Promotion

One of the main ranking factors on Yandex is regionality. On Yandex, local search plays a much bigger role than it does on Google. So, basically, if you are based in Siberia and your query doesn't have a location word in it, then the most relevant local results will appear.

What are alternatives to Neeva? ›

Top 8 Neeva competitors
  • Perplexity AI.
  • Vectara.
  • Twelve Labs.
  • Andi.
  • SimSage.
  • Lucidworks.
  • Merlin Search Technologies.

Is Neeva search engine safe? ›

Neeva SafeSearch Is Good, but Not Perfect. It's always fun to test out the SafeSearch filter on a new search engine, and no matter what filth we typed into Neeva's search box, the images were all safe for work. But that doesn't mean that all results will be safe—or even necessarily what you were looking for.

Do you have to pay for Neeva? ›

Neeva has announced it's shutting down, less than two years after publicly launching its $4.95 per month search engine. The company says building a search engine from the ground up was the easy part, relatively speaking. Convincing users to adopt it was the hard part.

What is replacing Google for search for Gen Z? ›

For Gen Z, TikTok is the place to turn to when you're looking for answers.

Is there a search engine like old Google? ›

Ask is another search engine that's been around since before the age of Google. Previously known as Ask Jeeves, it was the go-to place to find answers to long-string questions. However, modern-day works in a similar way to Google.

What is another search engine instead of Google? ›


DuckDuckGo is easily the most well-known private search engine around—and the antithesis to Google when it comes to favoring user privacy. Your search history is saved in a non-identifiable manner. This means tracking cookies and personal identifiers, such as IP addresses, are not stored.

What is an ex googler? ›

We are a group of Google alumni and current Googlers who have come together to help each other advance our ambitions in the startup ecosystem.

What is the second most popular search engine after Google? ›

Top Search Engines
  • Google.
  • Bing.
  • Yahoo!
  • Yandex.
  • DuckDuckGo.
  • Baidu.
  • Naver.
Feb 9, 2023

Why use Google over other search engines? ›

It picks up new sites faster than any other engine, so you are able to search the latest news, latest sites and just loads more sites in general. Technically, you should have a better result if you have more to choose from.

Is TikTok replacing Google? ›

Perhaps even more shocking is TikTok has overtaken Google's dominance as the world's most popular web domain, ending a 15-year streak. As Google processes an astounding two trillion searches yearly, the roughly 5.7 million searches per minute are only enough to slide into the second most popular spot.

Is DuckDuckGo owned by Google? ›

Misconceptions About DuckDuckGo

No. We are not and have never been owned by Google or any other entity. We have been an independent company since our founding in 2008. We also do not source any of our search results from Google.

What is the most powerful search engine in the world? ›

1. Google. Google is the world's most popular search engine, with a market share of over 93% (as of March 2023). Larry Page and Sergey Brin founded it in 1998.

Is there a deeper search engine than Google? ›

Haystak. With over 1.5 billion indexed pages, Haystack boasts more indexed sites than any other deep web search engine.

Which search engine does not track users? ›

1. DuckDuckGo. DuckDuckGo is a search engine that won't track your personally-identifiable information or search query history.

How do I search without Google? ›

21 Great Search Engines You Can Use Instead Of Google
  3. Openverse.
  6. DuckDuckGo.
  7. Startpage.
  8. Swisscows.
Feb 24, 2023

Why do people Google their ex? ›

Relationship expert Stacy Kaiser said it's normal to search occasionally for information about a former flame. “It is healthy and normal to be curious about an ex and want to Google them,” said Kaiser, a licensed psychotherapist.

Can you Google a potential employee? ›

You can 'Google' an applicant but should do so AFTER you have conducted a screening interview to determine whether or not they are qualified for the job. Prior to running any sort of character, reference or criminal check, it is important to obtain a signed release from the applicant.

How much does a Googler get paid? ›

The average Google salary in the United States is $140,774 per year. Google salaries range between $105,000 a year in the bottom 10th percentile to $187,000 in the top 90th percentile. Google pays $67.68 an hour on average.


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