You may or may not know web mogul and conversational media entrepreneur Jason Calacanis but it's safe to say that he "got it" when weblogs were just starting to become hip. Along the way, the properties he built (Engadget, Joystiq etc) were picked by companies like AOL for just a little bit of coin. Though not breaking news, it's safe to say his latest start-up is gaining traction and proving relevance. Calacanis' latest vision is called Mahalo
and he's taking on traditional search engines giants like Google and Yahoo but with Wikipedia-like capabilities and couple of strategic twists. Sounds interesting, but what does that mean, right? If you still can't quite get your head around it, here's a quote from the site's FAQ
..."Mahalo is a human-powered search engine that creates organized, comprehensive, and spam free search results for the most popular search terms. Our search results only include great links."
Mahalo, which is Hawaiian for "Thank you" conveys a sincere, heart-felt extension of gratitude. Though the cost of assembling search results and content manually is certainly much higher, versus brute-force algorithmic approaches, Calacanis is betting that you'll thank his company for the high quality results you'll receive when you really
need solid information on something important. Try it and you be the judge. Aloha... We've always liked that Maui vibe anyway.