Al Bsharah Business Minded, Technically Inclined

Wolfram | Alpha – What? Wolfram Research is Launching a Search Engine


Wolfram|Alpha – Could it be the next “Google Killer”?


Every so often, a new technology comes about that changes the way we do things.  Electricity, Television, the Refrigerator, the Dishwasher, the Internet, Google, Personal Computing, Microsoft, the iPhone…these are all fair examples of world-changing inventions.

Looking at what Google has done to the many industries they’ve touched (Internet search being just one…and our focus here), who could possibly trump what they’ve done?  To date, I’d say no one comes close.  The ones who have tried are simply replicating what Google does and slapping a couple new features on top of it…which is not a game-changing solution.

Today, I was introduced to a new website, which appears to be launching in varied locations today.  The company is called Wolfram Research (and the site appears to be taking a bit of a beating right now).  Regardless, have a look at this Wolfram | Alpha Video to get an amazing look into what this new search technology is capable of.  Yes, this part is bold *and* italic.  Click it.

Other links:
Wolfram|Alpha Website – Going Live Today
Wolfram|Alpha Launch Webcast

I’m a bit of a stats junkie, so this site really caught my eye.  The possibilities for this type of search engine are amazingly complex and deep, and I can’t wait to play with it…let alone see where this heads long term!


About the author

Al Bsharah

Al’s been involved in multiple San Diego startups since 1999 after leaving the Detroit auto industry as an electrical engineer. He's started two of his own companies where he's raised capital from both VCs and angels, and sold one of them to both Seismic and Return Path. He resides on the board of Startup San Diego, is a Tech Coast Angels member, and has graduated both Techstars and Founder Institute accelerator programs where he now mentors. Al is currently the Vice President of Product Operations at Seismic and in his free time he manages to play a little beach volleyball, invest in startups, trade stocks, and camp with his wife, son, dog, and friends.

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Al Bsharah Business Minded, Technically Inclined