David Sacks apparently has something left to prove. He was an executive at PayPal. After their $1.5 billion acquisition by eBay in 2002, he then went on to create Room 9 Entertainment, a production company that produced and financed the (really excellent) movie Thank You For Smoking. He purchased the Uma Thurman overdose house from the movie Pulp Fiction a while back. And now he has a new startup called Geni, with the audacious goal of “creating a family tree of the whole world.”
From his LinkedIn profile:
David O. Sacks’s Experience
(Privately Held; 1-10 employees; Internet industry)
June 2006 – Present (8 months)
This is a new internet company I’ve founded. Our mission is to solve the problem of genealogy (the question of how everyone is related) by creating a family tree of the whole world. My CTO/co-founder is Alan Braverman, an outstanding technologist who most recently co-founded Xoom. We are always looking to hire rockstar programmers. This represents a great opportunity to get a meaningful founding stake in a startup with significant VC backing and a strong founder track record building consumer internet products.
The site itself is just a standard landing page asking for email addresses. We have no other details yet.