New search engine Neeva has just launched, rivalling Google by giving web users honest search results with no tracking, and no advertisements or affiliate links.
New Zealand users also have access to NeevaAI, which harnesses the power of artificial intelligence (AI) to deliver an experience that combines the best of ChatGPT with the authority and timeliness of search.
NeevaAI provides a synthesised single answer with linked sources pulled together from the most relevant sites for a query allowing users to determine the authenticity and reliability of the cited sources. NeevaAI offers current information by crawling hundreds of millions of pages a day and serving from its independent index of billions of pages. By combining AI with Neeva’s in-house search stack that eschews ads and advertisers, results are fast, timely, bias-free and relevant.
Founded by Sridhar Ramaswamy (ex-SVP of Ads at Google) and Vivek Raghunathan (ex-VP of Monetisation at YouTube), Neeva’s goal is to deliver the best results as quickly as possible.
Commenting on Neeva’s launch, CEO Sridhar Ramaswamy said: “Neeva is a user-first platform focused on private, transparent searches versus a search engine serving advertisers. The internet should be your private corner of the web instead of a barrage of ads, SEO spam and irrelevant information. We’re reinventing search by leveraging the most cutting edge AI, giving users control over sources; providing accurate and transparent results as well as private and customised experiences without the influence of corporate bias, tracked around the web.”
Neeva offers a freemium model with a free basic service as well as a premium subscription that includes additional features such as a VPN and password manager.
“Google has dominated the search engine market, maintaining over 90 percent market share. Neeva will challenge this supremacy by creating a better search and browse experience that delights users”, says Mr Ramaswamy.
He added: “Users should expect answers from their queries, not the ads or information that one company decides they should see online. The ad-supported internet has created vastly misaligned incentives that have made Big Technology monopolies and advertisers richer while exploiting the privacy and personal data of users. It’s time for a new approach to search that puts people first.”
Neeva operates its own independent search stack drawing from an index of billions of web pages and also enables users to connect personal applications like email, Dropbox, Slack, Figma and others, making it easy to search across the most important personal documents while maintaining strict privacy controls.
Neeva is growing fast, gaining more than 2 million users since launching in the USA in 2021. Investors include Sequoia Capital, Greylock Ventures, Inovia Capital, and Neythri Futures Fund. The company has raised over US$80m from its investors.