IntelliSeek Acquires Fellow Search Engine Firm

CINCINNATI (04/17/2000) - Desktop search provider IntelliSeek today announced it has acquired ProFusion.com for an undisclosed amount of stock and cash.

ProFusion.com is an online metasearch engine that lets users enter a single query that is parsed out to multiple search engines simultaneously. ProFusion then ranks the aggregate results based on its Adaptive Search technology.

Adaptive Search bases relevancy on how popular a given result is with past users. The more users, the more efficient the search, so the theory goes. The technology is similar to that used by Google and DirectHit.

"We bought them because they have three million users and 600,000 visitors every month," says Mahendra Vora, president and chief information officer of IntelliSeek. "They have great technology, but didn't have the resources to get everything to happen."

Vora's IntelliSeek makes BullsEye, a desktop metasearch tool for Windows machines. The company also offers the InvisibleWeb search engine that hits up to 12,000 databases in search of data. Vora hopes to marry ProFusion with InvisibleWeb to enhance his company's online search capabilities.

"We've captured the client market (with BullsEye), but we had demand from customers for a server-based solution," Vora says. "This acquisition lets us support Macintosh and Unix machines via the Web."

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