SemanticWeb.com “Innovation Spotlight” Interview with Kevin O’Connor, CEO of FindTheBest and Founder of DoubleClick
The founder of DoubleClick.com, purchased by Google in 2007 for around $3.7 billion, Kevin O’Connor, spoke with me about his newest venture FindTheBest.com. Founded in 2009, FindTheBest.com makes recommendations and comparisons for just about anything of interest on the web. Kevin tells us all about FindTheBest.com, recommendation engines, and future plans for his company.
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Sean: Hi Kevin, after leaving DoubleClick, which was sold to Google, what made you decide to start another company?
Kevin: I resigned as the CEO of DoubleClick in 2000, although I did remain the Chairman until the company was sold in 2005. I had spent 17 years working 80-hour weeks—and loved it—but ultimately decided I wanted more balance in my life; that meant spending more time with my family.
My passion for tech, however, never faded. I wanted to find a way get back into the tech world, but still have time for all the other important things in life. So I decided to start my own venture capital firm—O’Connor Ventures—and began investing in promising startups like Surfline, Meet-Up, Procore and Travidia.
I honestly didn’t think I would get back into the tech world as a founder, but I was becoming more and more frustrated by the chaos of the Web and I wanted to find a way to organize it.
Sean: What inspired you to start FindTheBest.com? What problem where you trying to solve?
Kevin: FindTheBest was founded out of three fundamental problems I saw with the Web: