Former DoubleClick team raises $6M for comparison-shopping engine


DoubleClick cofounder Kevin O’Connor has a new startup, FindTheBest, aimed at helping you compare everything from air purifiers to venture capitalists.

Now, with a $6 million funding round from Kleiner Perkins that closed Tuesday, FindTheBest should be in a good position to build out its “data driven content platform,” which combines computer-driven semantic analysis with human-powered tagging to build data sets quickly and efficiently.

“‘Human’ is dirty — it’s not scalable,” O’Conner (above, left) said in an interview at VentureBeat’s headquarters, citing a long-held Silicon Valley bias against companies whose competitive advantage is based on their employees rather than their technology. “But people are shocked by how quickly and cheaply we can build these data sets.”

Full story: Former DoubleClick team raises $6M for comparison-shopping engine | VentureBeat.

Former DoubleClick team raises $6M for comparison-shopping engine

Last-Minute Geeky Christmas Gifts

Is it too late for holiday shopping? Not at all. If you act fast, you can still get some cool gifts for the geeks on your list. Some are available online and some require a trip to a local store — but all of the items on this list are likely to be well-received by any Wired reader.

This is a partial list, of course. Got any great last-minute nerd gift suggestions? Hit us in the comments!


Red Swingline Stapler

This might appeal more to the dorks than the geeks on your shopping list, but anyone who has seen and lovedOffice Space (and what nerd hasn’t?) will appreciate having their very own red Swingline stapler. $22 from ThinkGeek, which will ship in time for Christmas if you order by 12/21 at 11:59pm Eastern time.

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