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Gigablast's Matt Wells' Career Highlights

Matt Wells' Career Highlights

1988. Wrote graphic adventure game called 'Revenge of the Germs' for the Tandy Color Computer while a junior in High School. Sold it and got reviewed in the Rainbow Magazine in May of 1989 by Gail Allore. I found the full 160k disk image on sites like this still floating around.
1996. Won the homepage design contest for the Computer Science Department at New Mexico Tech with this site. I created an animated zia for it using BMRT. I did all the drawings myself using Photoshop.
1997. Created the Artists' Den. Was in the Albuquerque Journal (page 1 and 2) in March 1997. Was featured in Yahoo's and Netscape's What's Cool and was a semi-permanent feature on Infoseek's reference page. Was one of the leading art sites in the world at the time. (review 1, review 2 , review 3)
1997. Received a B.S. in Computer Science and M.S. Mathematics from New Mexico Tech in Socorro, New Mexico.
1997. Worked at Infoseek for a few years on the core search team with about 7 other engineers, including Robin Li, the founder of Baidu, the largest search engine in China. I found it amazing how much Infoseek relied on search to feed its website, but yet the core team was so small.
2000. Founded Gigablast. Boostrapped with $30k. Developed almost all the code myself. Circa 2006 Gigablast had over 12 billion pages indexed and was the second largest search engine in the world. At one time Gigablast also ranked in the top 2000 most popular websites worldwide. To this date, Gigablast continues to serve millions of queries per day using almost all wind power.
2003. Interviewed by Gary Price of Search Engine Watch. In addition to some followups.

2004. Interview with Steve Kirsch for the ACM Queue, the official magazine of Association for Computing Machinery.
2004. Interviewed by Dator, a Swedish Computer Magazine.
2004. Slashdot covers Gigablast.
2005. Interview in Business 2.0.
2005. Coverage by Techcrunch for Gigablast Blog Search by Michael Arrington and in Crunchbase.
2006. In the New Mexico Flying Forty. One of New Mexico's top 40 technology companies by revenue. (A more official PDF).
2007. Interviewed by my Alma Mater, New Mexico Tech's Newsletter.
2011. Gigablast used as the search engine in Warner Brothers Dolphin Tale. As well as the remake of Nightmare on Elm Street and others.
2012. After years of work, launched Event Guru, the largest search engine for events in the U.S. And it is the only technology to spider the entire web for events. It can read a page like you or me and figure out the events with a decent accuracy. This is a suprisingly hard problem because when you read events from a page, you engage a lot more mental processes than you realize!
2013. The NSA reviewed Gigablast in its book, "Untangling the Web" which was declassified under the Freedom of Information Act.
2013. Released Gigablast as open source as reported by Hacker News among others. The latest version has many improvements over that one. Currently on GitHub with over 375 stars and gaining ground on SOLR (based on Java/Lucene) with 435 stars as of Jan 15, 2015.
2015. Gigablast now mentioned in several hundred books in Google Book Search.
2015. Gigablast now mentioned in several hundred schorlarly papers on Google Scholar.