Our Vision is Simple.
To give you great search results without tracking you.
DuckDuckGo all started with the name and an idea to make answers easier to find.
In early 2008, Gabriel emerged from his basement with a plan. He soon made it official by incorporating DuckDuckGo.
Within the year, DuckDuckGo was announced to the Hacker News community. We survived!
Inspired by conversations on reddit and because search history is so personal, DuckDuckGo decides to take a bold move and not collect or share any personal information on its users.
DuckDuckGo's community is its extended team. Duck.co was born from the community's need for a centralized place to swap ideas.
DuckDuckGo delivered a message in the heart of the tech world: a billboard in San Francisco that read "Google tracks you. We don't."
DuckDuckGo relies on a lot of great open-source projects to keep our gears spinning. In 2011, we decided to start paying some of that love back to the open-source community, donating to nginx, FreeBSD, Tor, Clamwin, Tahoe-LAFS and OpenSSH.
Series "A" Funding
Four years in, DuckDuckGo secures funding from Union Square Ventures, a group that shares the same vision of smarter search and real privacy.
For years Gabriel was the only full-timer. Caine Tighe changed all that, coming on board as our first official employee.
DuckDuckGo moves out of Gabriel's basement and into our fortress in Paoli, PA, USA. It really does look like a castle!
Our first major visual overhaul introduced a new design that made you not want to close your browser the second you saw our results page.
Reaching 1 million searches a day was a major milestone for us, having steadily grown from 100 to 1,000 to 10,000 to 100,000 and finally to 1,000,000. That's more than 10 searches a second!
For our second year of open-source donations we chose the theme "open data/information." The company-directed portion went to Tor and the Wikimedia foundation. The community-directed portion went to unhosted.org, the Diaspora project, Freenet, and friendica.
Our vision of getting you the best instant answers from the best sources finally merged with our vibrant community when we introduced DuckDuckHack: our open-source platform where anyone can suggest or create instant answers for our results.
483 days after reaching one million, we doubled our daily searches. This milestone happened days after people started sharing private alternatives (like us) in the wake of the NSA revelations.
Just eight days after hitting two million searches per day, we added another million. To put this in perspective, it took 1,445 days to get to one million from the day we launched.
Search & Stories
DuckDuckGo delivers an app that gives you the most interesting stories of the day packed with a convenient way to search. TIME ranked it in their, "Top 50 iPhone apps of 2013."
Just over two months after hitting two million searches/day, we doubled our traffic again. People start to realize we're not a Chinese restaurant.
Five million direct searches in one day. That's 150 million a month, 1.825 billion a year! We will stop marking each million milestone now.
Needed more than ever, our 2014 donation theme was, "secure communications." Our company directed portion went to SecureDrop and NoiseTor. The community directed donations went to Lavabit, Riseup, Mailpile, and I2P.
We have tens of thousands of less employees than the big guys, but each one is part of our family and grew out of our community. Brian Stoner joined us just in time!
DuckDuckGo launches a reimagined and redesigned search engine with a refined look and a focus on smarter answers.