Blekko, a search startup from ex-Topix founder Rich Skrenta, has raised $925,000 of a planned $3 million second round, says peHUB. Investors include Ron Conway and Marc Andreesen. The company, which is still in stealth mode, previously raised $2 million from Conway's Baseline Ventures and two ex-Googlers, according to VentureBeat. At this point, there's little information about what the company is doing, but Skrenta says they're taking Google head on. Skrenta argues that Google (NSDQ: GOOG) was built based on how the web was 10 years ago, and that its core PageRank system doesn't reflect the way linking has changed.
By Joseph Weisenthal