What is You.com?
You.com is one of the most popular websites in the world. You.com is a search engine with a variety of settings and AI-powered features. But have you ever wondered about the story behind the website and its rapid rise to success? This article delves into a tech start-up with big ambitions.
YOU raises $25m in Series A funding to take on Google and launch YouCode
In May 2020, You.com raised a whopping $25m in Series A funding from a range of friends and family funds, tech investors, video game industry investors, and venture capitalists. The Goal?
Take on Google.
Piece of cake right?
You.com was founded by Richard Socher and Bryan McCann. According to Socher, the search engine is designed to be built on trust, kindness, and facts, with the goal of reducing clickbait on the internet.
You.com does not store users’ IP addresses or collect any personal information, thereby allowing users to browse the internet in complete privacy. The site offers two browsing modes: personal mode and private mode. Personal mode allows users to save their favorite websites and share them with others, while private mode ensures that no one can see your Internet activity.
Socher wants to build trust with users in hopes of doing something difficult for Google to reproduce without undermining its primary revenue model. He also believes that Google’s antitrust issues could create an opening for a startup like you.com in the future.
As the reigning giant in the search engine industry, Google handles over 3.5 billion daily searches. According to Statcounter, as of July 2022, Google had 83.84% of the Global Search Engine Market. Bing came in second place with 8.88% of all searches, Yahoo accounted for 2.55% and Yandex was fourth at 1.67% of searches.
It’s no surprise that many companies have tried to take on Google and become the next big player in the search game. Yet, taking on such a dominant and well-established company is no easy task. Google has a vast array of resources and technology at its disposal, as well as strong brand recognition and user loyalty.
The good news for You.com investors is that the website is already receiving some impressive accolades.
You.com Named TIME’s Best Invention of 2022
You.com Ad-Free Search was named TIME’s “Best Invention of 2022.” Time.com writer Joe Mullich writes:
“Google is the Goliath of search, and the latest David eager to bring it down is You.com. Unlike traditional search engines that provide lists of links, You.com summarizes web results using intuitive categories, without ad-sponsored results.”
You.com: The Next Big Thing in Search?
This new AI-powered platform is shaking things up in the search industry. With its personalized recommendations and cutting-edge tech solutions, You.com is poised to take on the giant Google. Will this up-and-coming company be able to disrupt the status quo and become the go-to search engine for users? Stay tuned to find out!