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Start-Up ‘FindTheBest.com’ Moves from Garage to Downtown Santa Barbara

New Headquarters for Curated Search Engine Company at 15 W. Figueroa


Wednesday, January 19, 2011

December was a big month for FindTheBest.com, who made headlines when they received an undisclosed amount of funding from prominent venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers. The funds came from the recently created sFund, which is backed by three prominent Internet companies and their CEOS; Amazon.com, Facebook and Zynga.

Liam Murphy, Vice President of Advisory Services for The Stone Group Corporate Real Estate, who advised FindTheBest during their location search and lease negotiation, said, “Santa Barbara is a great place to build and grow a company. The colleges and universities provide a talented workforce and the quality of life is unbeatable.” He adds that “FindTheBest.com’s new location at 15 W. Figueroa is the perfect blend of functionality and unique character.”

Brayton Johnson, a co-founder of FindTheBest.com along with Scott Leonard and Kevin O’Connor (Founder and Former CEO of Doubleclick), said he is grateful to have the office search completed so he and his team can stay focused on expanding their business. “We love the office,” Johnson commented, “Our team works really hard so it is important for us to be in an inspired and productive environment.”

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FindTheBest.com is based in Santa Barbara, California and run by Kevin O’Connor, serial entrepreneur and co-founder of DoubleClick.

Currently in beta, FindTheBest is an objective, socially curated comparison engine focused on organizing products and services on the Web. Edited by researchers, updated by users and personalized with social tools, FindTheBest assists people in making faster and more informed decisions

The goal is, no matter how big the Internet becomes, you—the user—will always have a place to go that will cut out the marketing schemes and allow for easy objective comparison in digestible formats.

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Liam Murphy is VP of Advisory Services and Leasing for The Stone Group and represents Fortune 1000, national and regional corporations to help them save money when they lease or purchase office space. Services are also offered to numerous non-profits as a way to keep their overhead low and ensure that maximum funds are used to advance their programs.

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