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Sequoia-Backed Searchme Launches With $25 Million

VC firm Sequoia Capital is heavily backing a new search engine dubbed Searchme, to the tune of $25 million, reports Kara at AllThingsD. The site has been incubating at Sequoia for about three years, although there are other investors as well (unidentified in the report.) Searchme will offer a way to scan search queries visually — so instead of getting a list of links, users will see various screenshots in a manner that closely resembles the way album covers are displayed on the iPhone. The company is helmed by entrepreneur Randy Adams, who was previously CEO of AuctionDrop, as well as a number of other companies, with Sequoia’s Mark Kvamme as chairman. The site is still in private beta.