Meta Search is “Google for your files.” It allows users to search their desktop, Google Drive, Dropbox, Gmail, Evernote, and everything else the way that they would search the Internet. The company was founded by Jason Briggs in 2014 and is located in Boston, MA.
Jason and I recently had a conversation about his company, Meta Search. It was great to be able to learn more about Jason’s company and the problem that it addresses. How many of you have used several platforms to save work at some point during college or work? If your hand is not up, then you really need to start using more forms of technology to your advantage. Drives like Google Drive, Dropbox, Box, and your desktop are great for saving documents, but what happens when you have so many files and you forget where a certain document is? Nothing really comes to mind at first, but Meta Search is here to save the day! Meta Search will allow you to search for documents amongst all the platforms that you use to save things (This will come in handy!). In this conversation Jason discusses his company and how it came about.
Meta Search is the Google Search Engine for your files. It allows you to search for a file in a few seconds. One of the benefits of Meta Search is that it allows users to find a file on numerous drives. Let’s say you don’t remember the exact name of the file you are looking for (don’t worry it’s okay); Meta Search allows you to search by whatever you remember about that file (who you shared it with, etc.).
Two or three summers ago, Jason was talking with his mother. Jason’s mother was discussing how she was thinking about going back to school (she’s a teacher). She began thinking about all of the files she currently had on her desktop (over 350+ files). It was frustrating because she could not find what she wanted. It was at this point Jason decided to build a simple way of finding files by preview, favorite folders, etc. It would help users have a better way of organizing their files. Jason ended up taking the idea to a business plan competition. The way of organizing files that Jason had built was great, but his mother could still not find things. Jason decided to build an excellent file search, which would improve the way people search for files.
Before speaking with Jason, I was unaware of any competitors in this space (besides your basic desktop search). Jason said that there are companies that do parts of what they do, but there doesn’t seem to be a one-stop shop at this time that does it all like Meta Search. Some competitors you have probably heard of consist of your basic desktop search. According to Jason, Windows currently has a poor quality search and Mac is getting better, but both only allow for local file searches. If all of a user’s files were in one drive, the user would have less of a problem, but the search quality would still be poor.
Jason always considered himself to have an “out of the box mind set.” He was the type of person that didn’t conform to any set of standards and always enjoyed making decisions. After speaking with Jason and learning more about him, it is clear that he has always had that “entrepreneurial mindset.”
The name for the first program he created was called Tidy. It was meant to mean “clean your desktop up.” He kept thinking every night what he should name this platform. He eventually landed on Meta, because he believes his search platform is much better than the other search and cloud search options. The funny thing about Meta, according to Jason, was that people either loved this name or hated it. Personally, I like the name. I think it is short, sweet, and simple which are all things that often help when building a brand.
Jason expressed that he faced three main challenges when starting Meta Search. The 3 challenges consisted of:
- Building a great team – Jason explained that “finding talented technical team members, is surprisingly difficult.” However, the issue of finding talented technical team members got a little easier, as a result of Meta Search dealing with interesting technical problems. Since the technical problems that Meta Search is solving are interesting, Jason said the company has been able to attract some great engineers!
- Raising an angel round – This was a difficult issue since it took longer than Jason expected. Meta Search was eventually successful, due to the fact that the problem they were trying to solve, resonated well with everyone on a personal level, including investors.
- Opinions – Jason discussed that “everyone has a different opinion on where we (Meta Search) should be headed and one of the challenges is incorporating the best feedback, but also staying true to our vision.”
I believe that many people out there will really enjoy Meta Search. Forget spending countless hours searching for documents on your computer and drives individually and instead use Meta Search to find what you are searching for! Please be sure to check out Meta Search’s site at www.meta.sc and follow them on Twitter @metasearch
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