Currently an Executive-in-Residence at VC firm U.S. Venture Partners, Sampath is a serial entrepreneur who co-founded Mercora, the company behind the (now defunct) music discovery tool Social.fm. He was previously founder and CEO at McAfee.com (now an Intel company).
Before that, Sampath was a vice president at Netscape Communications. He’s been around the block a few times, in other words.
That said, there’s absolutely no telling what Grokr is going to be all about, but the placeholder website says the startup will shortly be “unleashing the cognitive Web for a post-PC world” – which has to be one of the most jibberish pitches I’ve ever read.
We’ll learn more later this month, when Grokr is poised for launch.