@ D: Calacanis’ New Venture: Mahalo, Human-Powered Search Engine; $16 Million Funding

Jason Calacanis, the former founder of Weblogs Inc (and former CEO of Slicon Alley Reporter, where I worked back in the days), has launched his new company and site: Mahalo.com. It is a “human-powered search engine”, a bit like a new Web 2.0ish version of About.com. People sort through and organize the information in various sections and categories … the company has taken top 10,000 search terms. The company has 40 full-time employees … we raised two rounds of funding: CBS, Burda Media, Sequoia, News Corp, Mark Cuban, and others. (That last group includes Ted Leonsis and Jonathan Miller.)

Staci adds: We’ve been told the funding totals $16 million on a $100 million pre-valuation. One more note: that News Corp. funding is a Jeremy Phillips investment from corporate a la Roo , not Fox Interactive Media.

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