Ness Computing, a Silicon Valley-based maker of a mobile search app that reflects each person’s unique tastes, preferences and personality, raised $5m in Series A financing.
The round was led by Vinod Khosla and Ramy Adeeb of Khosla Ventures, with participation from Alsop Louie Partners, TomorrowVentures, Bullpen Capital, a co-founder of Palantir Technologies and several angel investors.
The company intends to use the funds to further develop its technology, what it calls the Likeness Engine, which fuses a search engine and a recommendation engine to power its first product, a mobile service called Ness. Ness is a personal search engine that learns the likes and dislikes of the person using it. Over time, it builds a digital likeness that reflects each users’ unique tastes, preferences and personality and help them make decisions about dining, nightlife, entertainment, shopping, music, travel and others.
Co-founded by CEO Corey Reese, Nikhil Raghavan, Paul Twohey, and Steven Schlansker, the company has been operating in stealth mode since its founding in October of 2009, when it was seed funded and incubated by Alsop.