Founded in San Francisco 4 years ago, Algolia is a private startup company created by experts in the fields of algorithms, search engines, and text mining. It helps users delivering an intuitive search-as-you-type experience on their websites and mobile apps, something that traditional search engines, such as Google or Bing, are not great at.
Algolia’s search tool have been raising a lot of interest, not only securing powerful clients in the Internet niche, such as Medium, Twitter’s Periscope or Microsoft’s calendar app Sunrise, but also getting a great deal of investment, with $21 million secured so far – among the investors we can find Accel Partners, the Y Combinator and 500 Startups accelerator programs, and Docker founder Solomon Hykes.
Now, the startup announces the inclusion of Kendall Collins to their board of directors, which is definitely big news considering his curriculum. Collins had an important position on Salesforce, and was CEO on Salesforce Cloud. Recently, he became CMO of AppDynamics, a startup valued at $1.9 billion.
With the expertise Collins collected in the 12 years working for Salesforce, his advisement will surely be key to keep Algolia on the track of success and achieve important new clients. Commenting on the potential of Algolia’s tools and how important they will be in the future, Collins said:
“Google continues to raise the bar for delightful search for end users, and most companies and apps are failing to keep pace with that user experience. When I first tried Algolia, it was clear to me that their Search Platform and API approach is the future for easily building incredibly fast and relevant search inside any application.
Algolia has already proven to be trusted by enterprises and loved by developers. Anyone can try it now on Product Hunt, Hacker News, or leading sites and apps such as Periscope, Arcteryx, Medium and Vevo. They have just successfully deployed at one of the top 5 software companies in the world and also at one of the top 5 retailers. And this is just the beginning. It is an honor to work with a team that has such a strong technical vision and an equally caring and compassionate culture.”