Exalead, the 'French Google', is acquired for €135 million

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Exalead, the search engine that (no kidding) underlies Friendster and has been behind French government attempts to build a platform to rival Google (yes), has been acquired by Dassault Systèmes, a leader in 3D software for big company processes for about €135 million ($161.5m).

Exalead’s, which has a platform to apply advanced semantic processing to Web-scale data, include the World Bank among its clients. It was owned by a holding company, Qualis.

Exalead was also key member of Quaero, a technology consortium with a five-year budget of €199 million, funded by the French government to develop multimedia search tools. Where is Quaero now? Well it’s a little like the Airbus project but just inside France.

Lots of cooks creating an, admittedly, passable broth, producing products like software that converts speech into text, turns electronic books into audio books and can translate German speech into English in realtime.

  • John Levon

    Contrats to Exalead. Great technology. I guess the next Enterprise Search player to be acquired will be Coveo.

  • http://www.engineer-a-business.com K. Smith

    I hope this acquisition doesn’t keep them from rivaling Google. Google deserves to be knocked down a peg so I hope their technology doesn’t slide a bit after the buyout.

    • Esteban

      I love how they use google adds.

      congrats on your failure Exalead

  • http://twitter.com/chrjean Christophe Jean

    It’s more an Autonomy competitor than a Google one…

    “behind French government attempts to build a platform to rival Google (yes)”
    (no) The french (and dutch) government was talked about Google success story, not the Google technology :s

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    Why is there so much hatred for Google, is it because they have been pretty successful, I only see a very innovative company that is user friendly, If google has the best Technology, let them dominate

  • http://kairichardkoenig.com Kai Richard König

    Dude, its 135€ million not €135 million

    • Cleapot

      Not in the UK (or the US) where the currency symbol is always before the sum…

  • wellitsme

    Exalead’s public search engine is a showcase to demonstrate the speed of their technology. Their real product is CloudView, which competes pretty well with Google Search Appliance.

  • Jackie

    France is stuck up…right?

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  • CAD Nerd

    I don’t get it. Are the French trying to build an anti-google?

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