In January, I wrote about the launch of a new web site that is more of social networking service than a traditional genealogy database. Geni.com has received mixed reviews. You can read my article plus the numerous comments by newsletter readers at http://blog.eogn.com/eastmans_online_genealogy/2007/01/genicom_launche.html. You will note that not all of those comments were positive.
Now Geni.com has raised $10 million in venture capital.
Geni.com raised the $10 million from Charles River Ventures. The company had previously raised $1.5 million from PayPal founder Peter Thiel's Founders Fund. The connection stems from Geni CEO David Sacks, who used to be PayPal's Chief Operating Officer.
Geni.com is a social networking site that focuses on people interested in genealogical research and "family networking." The hope is that people interested in mapping out their personal history will recruit other family members to the site.
You can visit the site at http://www.geni.com. However, I'd also suggest that you read the various comments at http://blog.eogn.com/eastmans_online_genealogy/2007/01/genicom_launche.html.