Cuil's VP Product Bails Out A Month After Launch

Michael Arrington
Thursday, September 11, 2008; 12:37 PM

Louis Monier, Cuill's VP Product, quietly resigned from the newly launched search engine last week, we've heard from a reliable source.

This is a big blow to the troubled search engine- Monier was recruited away from Google a year ago, where he was working on advanced search products. Prior to Google he was the head of search at eBay and was the cofounder and CTO of AltaVista. He is widely considered to be the father of Internet search.

Why did Monier leave? We've heard but haven't confirmed that he and CEO Tom Costello just couldn't agree on the Cuil product road map, and that the botched launch didn't help things much either. Monier won't return our calls, and we have an email in to Cuil for comment.

So far Cuil doesn't seem to have a lot of stickiness with users. Tons of traffic at launch, but it spiked right back down immediately afterwards ( Google Trends, Compete, Quantcast).

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