Blekko

Partner with companies to provide products with a web search component

  • Founded 2007
  • 16-50 Employees
  • 16-30 Engineers
  • eCommerce

About Blekko

We started the company when we recognized that search had changed. In the beginning from something fully created at Yahoo! to something that was purely algorithmic at Google. The problem was that Google also created a problem by making it so easy to get money for Internet Ads, everyone could do it. And everyone has. This destroyed the utility of looking at the entire web and moved a lot of poor content to the top of Google's results. We built a search engine that was partially created (slashtags) and then machine learned based on previously curated known good content. It was such a great idea that Microsoft copied the strategy in 2012 and Google has admitted that even they are having to hand curate things.

But more importantly people's relationship with Search has changed, people rarely search for something like lawn furniture to find every page in every country of the world about Lawn Furniture, they use it like a giant catalog to find furniture they can buy to put on their lawn. Serving search as a service refines the notion of being a search company from searching everything on the web, to finding useful things for the query at hand and surfacing them quickly.

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Tech Stack
  • CentOS
  • Nagios
  • Perl 5
  • js
  • jQuery
  • CSS
  • HTML5
  • iOS/Android (mobile versions)

Perks
  • Paid transit pass
  • catered lunch 2 days a week
  • snacks/drinks
  • standing desks for those who want them. We are situated in the mid-peninsula (Redwood Shores) between the Belmont and San Carlos Caltrain stations. There is a bike path bridge over 101 at the Belmont Station and a free Redwood Shores shuttle from the CalTrain station.

Benefits
  • Medical, Dental, & Vision Insurance Medical, Dental, & Vision Insurance
  • Retirement/401K Plan Retirement/401K Plan
  • Life & Disability Coverage Life & Disability Coverage
  • Catered lunch Catered lunch