September 4, 2011
With the growth of social networks, apps and organizational tools, we seem to have an infinite amount of information distributed across multiple services. The challenge, typically, is finding what you need when you need it. That’s one problem that Google hasn’t attacked yet. Greplin is a personalized search engine and iPhone app focused on your personal data, that simplifies your search with a goal to deliver the exact information you’re looking for.
Greplin’s search engine was launched last September and has been picking up steam ever since. Their recent launch of the iPhone app has only enhanced its location-based search tool that relies on 2 significant features:
1. It indexes of all your cloud-based services, such as email, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Calender, Dropbox and others (22 services are currently supported).
2. It uses the iPhone’s location-based service to pinpoint where you are.
Here’s how it works: You’re downtown for a meeting, but can’t remember where you’ve stored the meeting location. It could be in email, Facebook, Twitter, Dropbox, etc. The Greplin app recognizes your location and knows you’ve got a meeting that day on your calendar. It pulls up that information for you – no searching. Talk about a time saver.
Greplin is run by 20 year old CEO Daniel Gross, whose original idea for the service stemmed from the thought that “people are having more and more information thrown at them…we’re here to make that manageable.” It has already raised almost $5 million from Sequoia Capital, SK Telecom Ventures and angel investors.
If you’re an Android user, don’t fret! A version will be coming to the Android Market soon, so keep an eye out for it.
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