Wikia operates a hosting service for ad-supported community sites that use the same software and collaborative content model that made Wikipedia a Web phenomenon.
Launched in 2004, Wikia communities range from fans of 24 to politics junkies. Wikia is also working on an open-source, user-generated search engine.
Funding: $4 million (Amazon.com, Marc Andreessen, Bessemer Venture Partners, others)
Founders: Angela Beesley, Jimmy Wales (shown right)
Headquarters: San Mateo, Calif.
Business model: Advertising
Bragging rights: 500,000 articles in 45 languages
Next up: Hiring; expanding into Japan; adding more languages; developing open-source search engine
Contact: Angie Shelton, email@example.com
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