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The Crowd Sourcer: Jimmy Wales

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The Crowd Sourcer: Jimmy Wales

Wales is best known as the founder of Wikipedia, a community edited online encyclopedia that has grown from a niche site in 2001 to the source of all things pop culture. It is ranked by Web rating service Alexa as one of the top 10 popular sites in the world. But Wales would like also to be known as the force that bested Google at its own game. Wales has started the for-profit company Wikia Inc., which includes an open source search engine named Wikia Search. The project has received more than $4 million in funding from Bessemer Venture Partners and the Omidyar Network.