Valley startup mixes Wiki with geneology
Alarm:Clock reports that former PayPal COO David Sacks has secured $1.5 million in early funding for Wikigenia, a site that allows users to keep track of and edit their own family history collaboratively with other Internet users. The notion of user-generated genealogy is promising, but if Sacks's' resume wasn't so impressive, this startup might not merit a second look. Genealogy websites -- like familysearch.org and geneology.com -- are well-established online. But Sacks is a pro: Prior to working his way to the top of PayPal, "he worked as a consultant at McKinsey and was an aid to conservative US Congressman Christopher Cox," reports the Clock, and he also managed to produce the indie film Thank You For Smoking.

So the guy is no dummy, and perhaps he's been spending time deep inside the WikiMedia website, where the discussion of a "WikiMorial" or "WikiTree" has drawn a crowd. A true breakout genealogy site has yet to emerge. Perhaps Wikigenia will take the prize.
Posted by Oliver Ryan 11:19 AM 0 Comments comment | Add a Comment

To send a letter to the editor about The Browser, click hereTop of page

Got a news tip? Send it to The Browser


Market indexes are shown in real time, except for the DJIA, which is delayed by two minutes. All times are ET. Disclaimer LIBOR Warning: Neither BBA Enterprises Limited, nor the BBA LIBOR Contributor Banks, nor Reuters, can be held liable for any irregularity or inaccuracy of BBA LIBOR. Disclaimer. Morningstar: © 2014 Morningstar, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Disclaimer The Dow Jones IndexesSM are proprietary to and distributed by Dow Jones & Company, Inc. and have been licensed for use. All content of the Dow Jones IndexesSM © 2014 is proprietary to Dow Jones & Company, Inc. Chicago Mercantile Association. The market data is the property of Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. and its licensors. All rights reserved. FactSet Research Systems Inc. 2014. All rights reserved. Most stock quote data provided by BATS.
Market indexes are shown in real time, except for the DJIA, which is delayed by two minutes. All times are ET. Disclaimer LIBOR Warning: Neither BBA Enterprises Limited, nor the BBA LIBOR Contributor Banks, nor Reuters, can be held liable for any irregularity or inaccuracy of BBA LIBOR. Disclaimer. Morningstar: © 2014 Morningstar, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Disclaimer The Dow Jones IndexesSM are proprietary to and distributed by Dow Jones & Company, Inc. and have been licensed for use. All content of the Dow Jones IndexesSM © 2014 is proprietary to Dow Jones & Company, Inc. Chicago Mercantile Association. The market data is the property of Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. and its licensors. All rights reserved. FactSet Research Systems Inc. 2014. All rights reserved. Most stock quote data provided by BATS.