Looks like there’s a new entrant in the social search space with an aardvark mascot. VentureBeat wrote a glowing article about aardvark.im. They’re taking an instant messaging approach to the problem of getting expert advice. In that regard, they’re more like Qunu than like us.
Mechanical Zoo, the company behind aardvark.im, recently closed $6 million in VC money. Not bad for a company that started at the same time as we did, late 2007. They’re currently in private beta.
Other than the potential for confusion with our own lovable Infovark pal, it’s good news for us. It shows there’s still interest — and funding — available to companies trying to reinvent collaboration tools. We’ve got some product announcements lined up for the coming weeks, and we’re just about to enter our second Alpha test. Watch this space.