Google ex-employees launch the privacy-focused search engine Neeva

Two ex-Google executives, Sridhar Ramaswamy and Vivek Raghunathan (about 30% of their workforce is ex-Google) have launched a search engine named “Neeva” to take some market share from Google. It claims to be private and ad-free.

The company’s business model is subscription-based instead of ad-based Google, so there is no concern about privacy or advertisements in search results. In the US, the company just launched a subscription product for $4.95 per month following a three-month trial.

Besides blocking ads, Neeva’s browser extension also blocks all trackers. Additionally, the company guarantees that your data won’t be shared with anyone.

As part of the Neeva search results, an entire list of recommended products is gathered with reviews from reputable sites and verified customers, and 20% of revenue from Neeva’s search results goes to content creators, with content that directly answers users’ inquiries paid for.

You can connect your Neeva account to Google, Slack, Office365, Dropbox, and GitHub for email, document, and file searches.

A number of major browsers, including Chrome, Firefox, Brave, Edge, and Safari, are supported by Neeva. 

Although Neeva sounds impressive, it will be a challenge to get millions of users to pay for searches.

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