Google’s ex-SVP releases Ad-Free search engine called Neeva in Europe

By Digit NewsDesk | Published 08 Oct 2022 13:35 IST
HIGHLIGHTS
  • Ex-Google executive’s search engine Neeva lands in Europe.

  • It offers a freemium model to its users and plans to introduce premium subscription models with added features.

  • The search engine was released in the United States last year.

Google’s ex-SVP releases Ad-Free search engine called Neeva in Europe
Google’s ex-SVP releases Ad-Free search engine called Neeva in Europe

The ad-free search engine Neeva, founded by ex-SVP of Google Ads, Sridhar Ramaswamy, is now operational in Europe. Initially, the user-first platform was launched in the United States last year, and since then, it has gathered over 600,000 monthly users. The search engine’s Europe expansion follows a $40 million funding round from investors like Sequoia Capital, Greylock Ventures and more. 

Per the press release on Business Wire, Neeva was launched in Europe on October 6, 2022, to rival popular search engines by offering “honest search results, no tracking, and with absolutely no advertisements of affiliate links.” Given that Google already dominates more than 90% of the search engine market, it is evident that Neeva has to compete with the search giant. The ad-free search engine states that “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.” 

New Ad-free search engine Neeva launched

Neeva claims that it offers lightning-fast results with “high levels of accuracy,” eliminating the sponsored content prevalent on other search engines like Google. Currently, Neeva offers a freemium model to European users, releasing its private, ad-free services in the region. When the search engine gets decent traffic, it plans to release its premium subscription with features such as VPN and password manager. Neeva also allows users to synchronise apps like email, Dropbox, Slack and more so that users can easily search across their documents without compromising their privacy. 

The primary advantage of using Neeva seems to be the anonymous browsing ability and an ad-free experience. The search engine says that it creates its search stack by crawling, indexing and getting back results from billions of web pages. Further, it does that without annoying ads that push down the organic search results on platforms like Google. For those who are catching up, search engines use a lot of trackers to monitor the digital behaviour and habits of a user. It then uses this information to show personalised or targeted ads, which result in revenue generation. 

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