Blekko Lays Off Eight, Raises $6 Million More

Blekko logoEarlier this week blekko, which just introduced a bold new UI, had a reduction in force. Eight people were let go “as part of an effort to reduce costs,” said CEO Rich Skrenta, who added, “blekko’s revenues are growing and these cost reductions will help us as we work toward profitability.”

Skrenta told me by email that the company had also closed an additional $6 million round. That brings the company’s total funding to nearly $60 million to date.

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Asked about metrics, Skrenta told me that blekko is now doing 5 million searches daily on blekko.com and blekko-powered sites. He said that blekko has 12.5 million monthly uniques.

Skrenta also proudly points out that there are “only three entities worldwide with an English algorithmic search index: Google, Bing and blekko.” The layoffs and new financing, he says, “Will give us the ability to further develop our search platform and continue to grow our business.”

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  • Roger Simmons

    “Grow your business by getting rid of people?” A Blekko employee told me that it was actually 9 employees that were let go, with only two weeks severance. It’s a sad story and Blekko will probably be out of business in a year.

  • Richard

    Why isn’t Yahoo buying Blekko? Yahoo needs to get back into the search engine game, and they are losing search users to Bing because people know Yahoo is using Bing anyway, so why bother using the “clone”. Yahoo needs its own search engine, And Blekko is their best option, since DDG doesn’t have its own search engine last I checked.

  • http://www.linkedin.com/in/christophermregan Christopher Regan

    Uhm, Blekko is lost at sea. We know/knew that, and we’ve wanted to root for them because of that, in a way. Hashtags? Facebook hashtags? Why doesn’t Facebook just buy Blekko and let’s move on? Plus, it might provide comfort during my Altavista mourning period…

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