• Google Acquires Katango, The Automatic Friend Sorter

    Google Acquires Katango, The Automatic Friend Sorter

    Back in September we broke the news that Google was in talks to acquire Katango, a small Kleiner Perkins-backed startup that launched this past summer. Today, they’ve made it official: Katango just announced that it’s been acquired by Google, and that it’ll be joining the Google+ team. We’re also hearing that Google isn’t only acquiring Katango for their… Read More

  • Rethinking Lists, Groups and Circles

    Rethinking Lists, Groups and Circles

    Editor’s note: Yoav Shoham is professor of computer science at Stanford University and co-founder of Katango, which organizes Facebook friends into groups The recent introduction of Google+ has been fodder for much Google-versus-Facebook discussion. At the center of the discussion has been the Circles component of Google+, which allows users to arrange their contacts in meaningful… Read More

  • Kleiner-Backed Katango Organizes Your Facebook Friends Into Groups For You

    Kleiner-Backed Katango Organizes Your Facebook Friends Into Groups For You

    Perhaps there’s something to these friend circle/list/groups after all. As you’ve doubtless heard by now, Google recently launched a social network that revolves around one core idea: people want to share different things with different groups of friends. Of course, it’s an idea that isn’t all that novel — Facebook has allowed users to do just that via its… Read More

  • Under The Covers At Katango: Kleiner Perkins' First sFund Investment

    Last October, Kleiner Perkins launched the sFund, a $250 million initiative designed to make strategic investments in entrepreneurs building social services and apps. The partners contributing to the fund include Facebook, Amazon, Zynga, Comcast, and more. The first startup to receive investment from the sFund was Cafebots, which received $5 million in series A from Kleiner shortly… Read More