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  • Greplin: Trying to Out-Google Google

    “What Google has is a really, really big book with a really big index,” says Walker, co-founder of Greplin. “What we have is this massive library full of books, each of which is only accessible by one person.”

    A few years ago, Daniel Gross was on his way to a party in his native Israel when he pulled out his smartphone to look up the address. The invitation could have been buried in his e-mail, on Facebook, or within some other app. The prolonged phone fumbling that followed led him to an idea: What if there were a simple way to search it all? “I’m putting more and more stuff online,” says Gross, 20. “There should be a product that can just give me one search box for it.” Greplin, the company Gross co-founded last year after moving to San Francisco, aims to fill this void. Users can plug in their credentials for Gmail, Facebook, LinkedIn (LNKD), and a host of other popular Web services, and create a search engine capable of sifting through all manner of personal documents, contacts, and calendar items. It’s like Google (GOOG) for your private life. “What Google has is a really, really big book with a really big index,” says Robby Walker, 27, who left a job at the search giant to co-found Greplin with Gross. “What we have is this massive library full of books, each of which is only accessible by one person.” Greplin has a “freemium” model: The basic service is gratis, but if users want to search business apps such as Salesforce (CRM) they must pay $5 per month or $50 per year. An iPhone app released in August adds a “suggested search” function to predict what people want based on their physical location and the date and time. When you’re on the way to a business lunch, the app will guess where you’re going based on your calendar appointments and automatically offer up the LinkedIn profile of the person you’re meeting. Read Full Article Good luck.

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