Constructor.io

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Constructor Overview

The required information for Constructor.io have been provided in column C, rows 3-42 of the attached spreadsheet. Constructor.io provides a Search-as-a-Service solution primarily for eCommerce companies.

Selected Findings

  • Constructor.io was founded in 2015 in San Francisco, California.
  • The company emerged from stealth development in 2017.
  • Constructor.io has raised $6.1 million in funding to date.
  • Its leadership team includes Eli Finkelshteyn (CEO) and Dan McCormick (COO).
  • Constructor.io's current clients include Sephora, Bonobos, Backcountry, Jet, American Apparel, Tommy John, Expensify, Princess Auto, Competitive Cyclist, and Motosport.
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Constructor Competitors

The required information for six emerging technology competitors to Constructor.io have been provided in rows 1-3, columns D-I of the attached spreadsheet. Searchspring, Celebros, Algolia, Findify, Unbxd, and Klevu offer artificial intelligence-powered search solutions for eCommerce platforms.

Summary of Findings

Research Strategy

Constructor.io is a San Francisco-based company launched in 2015 that provides an artificial intelligence-powered search solution for eCommerce platforms. Emerging technology competitors to Constructor.io have been defined as companies that meet the following requirements:
  • Provide eCommerce search solutions powered by artificial intelligence, which includes natural language processing and machine learning.
  • Based in the United States or operate offices in the United States.
  • Have made a significant update to their search solution or received funding to develop their search solution technologies in 2015 or later.
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Constructor CL (1)

Searchspring was founded in 2007 in Denver, Colorado. The required information is provided in column D, rows 3-42 of the attached spreadsheet.

Selected Findings

  • In February 2019, Searchspring was acquired by Scaleworks.
  • Peter Messana replaced Gareth Dismore as the chief executive officer of Searchspring following the acquisition by Scaleworks.
  • In February 2020, Searchspring announced a merger with Nextopia to deliver intelligent search and merchandising platform for eCommerce teams.
  • Searchspring relocated its headquarters from Denver, Colorado to San Antonio, Texas.
  • Searchspring's current clients are Moen, Natori, Dia & Co, Alternative Apparel, Wildfang, Fabletics, Bethesda Game Studios, Bikini.com, Kate Somerville, Volcom, The Chivery, and Borsheims.
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Constructor CL (2)

Headquartered in Massachusetts, United States, Celebros was founded in 2000. Full details of the company may be found in column E of the attached spreadsheet.
  • Celebros is the only provider of conversion technologies that is available in seven languages. Its customers include more than 400 e-commerce retailers and merchants in eleven countries, including the United States, Europe and Asia.
  • Features of the company's product include site search, advanced auto-complete, intelligent navigation, merchandising engine, and product recommendations.
  • Joseph Shemesh is the CEO at Celebros.
  • Celebros serves e-commerce retailers and merchants and has clients in the over 25 industries. Its clients include Beauty Bridge, Avon, Hirmer, Lodenfrey, and Sabon.
  • Celebros allows integration with Bigcommerce, SAP Hybris, Magento, Magico, and Shopify, among others.
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Constructor CL (3)

Algolia was co-founded on October 10, 2012, by Julien Lemoine and Nicolas Dessaigne, its current CTO and CEO, respectively. To date, it has had seven funding rounds, the first of which was its seed round on October 1, 2013. Details are available in column F of the attached spreadsheet.

Algolia

  • Algolia is funded by 26 investors, including three lead investors. Algolia acquired SeaUrchin.IO on March 14, 2018, its only acquisition to date.
  • The company claims to drive conversion rate by 50% using omnichannel and personalized search. It claims to help create unique experiences that drive user engagement and satisfaction. The company also claims to offer reliable service with 99.999% SLA on select plans, including a 1000x rebate policy.
  • Its clients include WeWork, NPR, Fanatics, National Geographic, Cleveland Clinic, Strava, Universal Music Group, Medium, Twitch, Birchbox, Salesforce, Zendesk, Stripe, Adobe, Lacoste, Coursera, Flexport, etc.
  • Algolia offers a 14-day free trial, which includes consumer-grade search experience, lifelong community plan, implementation in less than an hour, and access to all premium features.
  • The platform integrates with frameworks like Rails, Django, Symfony, and Laravel; platforms like Magento 1, Magento 2, Wordpress, and Shopify; and tools like Crawler.
  • Algolia is highly reputable internationally as it is "ranked as the leader in G2's Enterprise Search Software Category." It has over 350 employees across its locations, including San Francisco, New York, Atlanta, London, Tokyo, and Paris.
  • Per Crunchbase, "Algolia uses 91 technology products and services, including Google Analytics, WordPress, and Vimeo." Its search engine is C++-based and runs inside Nginx. It does not use any cloud-based hosting for its API, and also does not use load balancers or network hops.
  • It uses hand-picked, high-frequency CPUs such as "the 3.9Ghz Intel Xeon E5–1650v4 and load machines with 256GB of RAM." Also, it uses a hybrid-tenancy model.
  • Algolia features include global language support, typo-tolerance, highlighting and snippeting, faceting, synonyms, advanced language processing, geo-awareness, multiple sorting strategies, Distinct: grouping and deduplication, and personalization.
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Constructor CL (4)

The required information for Findify have been provided in column G, rows 3-42 of the attached spreadsheet. Findify was founded in 2014 in Stockholm, Sweden.

Selected Findings

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Constructor CL (5)

Unbxd is an e-commerce product discovery platform company that was founded in 2011 in San Mateo, California. It has raised about $14,500,000 funding rounds. More details on the company can be found in column H of the attached spreadsheet.

Unbxd Overview

  • Unbxd utilizes "advanced data sciences to connect shoppers to the products they are most likely to buy, while providing predictive actionable insights for merchandising. With Unbxd’s Machine Learning Site Search, shoppers receive optimized search results based on merchandiser insight coupled with advanced machine learning algorithms."
  • The Unbxd platform makes finding items on e-commerce websites easier and pleasant through "intelligent site search, personalized product recommendations, and real-time merchandising insights."
  • Unbxd was founded by Pavan Sondur and Prashant Kumar in 2011. It is headquartered in San Mateo, California. Unbxd has undergone 7 funding rounds with the most recent one in 2019.
  • Unbxd products are Unbxd Site Search, Unbxd Browse, Unbxd Recommendations, and Unbxd PIM.
  • The company has raised a total of $14,500,000 over 7 funding rounds.
  • Kookai, US Autoparts, Monoprice, iB Supply, and Ashely are some clients of Unbxd.
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Constructor CL (6)

The required information for Klevu have been provided in column I, rows 3-42 of the attached spreadsheet. Klevu's main features include natural language processing, self-learning search, advanced merchandising, and actionable search insights.

Selected Findings

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