Blekko, Redwood City, CA-based search engine company focused on eliminating spam from search results, has raised $30m in funding.
Backers in the round include the internet company Yandex (NASDAQ: YNDX), MLC Private Equity, and existing investors U.S. Venture Partners, CMEA Capital and PivotNorth Capital.
In conjunction with the funding, Arkady Volozh, Principal Founder and CEO of Yandex, will join the blekko board.
Founded in 2007, launched in November 2009 and led by CEO Rich Skrenta, blekko allows people to create custom search engine called slashtag, which filters search results and helps them to search only high quality sites, without spam or content farms.
The company today has 27 employees, including former Google and Yahoo! Search engineers.