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Oops: Cuil’s Product VP Gone

Monier came from Google, eBay

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Anyone still holding his breath for Cuil to beat Google might want to cheat a little and start breathing through the nose.  The search company’s product vice president, Louis Monier, has quit.

It’s not an ideal thing when any exec leaves a company, of course.  The timing of this development – it comes less than two months after Cuil’s disastrous launch – makes the situation worse.

Louis Monier
 Louis Monier

Then there’s what Michael Arrington reports: "Monier was recruited away from Google a year ago, where he was working on advanced search products.  Prior to Google he was the head of search at eBay and was the cofounder and CTO of AltaVista.  He is widely considered to be one of the founding fathers of Internet search according to search experts Danny Sullivan, John Battelle and others."

It should come as no surprise that no replacement has been named.  Monier intends to at least serve Cuil as a consultant, though, so things could be worse for the company.

One last, entirely irrelevant note: depending on his hairstyle, Monier looks a bit like either John Ratzenberger or "Survivor" winner Richard Hatch.

Oops: Cuil’s Product VP Gone


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    Its crazy to think anybody can really attack Google in the short term. Google and search have become synonomous

  • http://www.journalistdirectory.com/journalist/TgTQ/REG-CROWDER REG CROWDER

    Okay, we all agree that it is silly for anybody to come into the search market allowing themselves to be called "Google killers." Google is still doing a lot of things right. And quite a few things brilliantly.

    But there is an amazing amount of money, corporate connections, experience and expertise lurking in the shadows among the "angels" backing Cuil.

    The launch WAS disappointed to the point of being ridiculous. The Cuil search platform is still quite lame.  (Gigablast is much better. Even the old MetaCrawler is better. Sigh … )

    I think maybe the angels backing Cuil are chopping heads that need to be chopped.

    Write them off for the next 18-24 months. Then, who knows?

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Google is still Google and Cuil is just another clutter on the net.

  • Guest

    Where’s Norm?

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    Google is still Google and Cuil is just another clutter on the net.

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