The ad free paid search engine Neeva announces the closure

The ad-free paid search engine Neeva announces the closure

In 2021, former Google employees founded the startup Neeva, launching the eponymous paid search engine with no ads and no monitoring. For some time, Neeva was considered a likely competitor of the IT giant in the field of Internet search, but it seems that the authors of the project will not be able to achieve the desired result. This week, the developers announced that the Neeva search engine will stop working on June 2nd.

    Image source: Neeva

Image source: Neeva

“Building search engines is difficult <…> In doing so, we found that building a search engine is one thing and convincing ordinary users to switch to a better option.”Neeva co-founders Sridhar Ramaswamy and Vivek Raghunathan announced the impending closure of their search engine in a company blog.

The developers found that they encountered many problems while promoting their search engine. Although they managed to develop a competitive search engine, convincing users to switch to it proved a difficult task. It is also important that the Google search engine is used by default in many browsers and users are reluctant to try something new.

It is also worth noting that Neeva is a paid product. However, the developers stated this “Contrary to popular belief, convincing users to pay for a better experience wasn’t as difficult as getting them to try a new search engine.”. All these problems, coupled with the unfavorable economic environment, have left no room for developers to develop a sustainable online search business.

After the closure of the search engine, Neeva plans to switch to the development of products in the field of artificial intelligence. Your activities will likely involve the creation of large language models that form the basis of generative neural networks. It is also known that cloud company Snowflake is considering the possibility of buying Neeva.

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