A team of former Google engineers and others who worked at eBay, IBM and AltaVista have come up with a search engine called Cuil (pronounced cool). Cuil plans plans to break the monopoly of Google.
Cuil, which means knowledge in Irish, is a start-up by led by husband-wife team Tom Costello (CEO of Cuil) and Anna Patterson, president. Cuil has got venture funding of about $30 million from Tugboat Ventures, Greylock Partners and Madrone Capital Partners.
At Cuil, search index spans over 120 billion web pages, which is much larger than any existing search engine including Google. The results are based on content and relevance.
From my initial tests on Cuil’s results, it is quite good.