Semantic search outfit Hakia is on its way to launching in 2008, with a new $5 million round from an undisclosed investor.

The New York-based company opened for beta testing earlier this year, and has since been adding on services, including a recently-added option to “meet” others who perform the same searches (although people seem to mainly be using the feature for classified ads).

It also recently released a survey result showing that 17% of its beta users consider the engine better overall, and 7% say they will use it exclusively. To test it out yourself, side-by-side with Google, check out this link.

Hakia will complete development and launch in 2008. The site has so far received $2 million of the $5 million total funding round, reported by VentureWire (subscription required). The money came from a previous investor, some of which are Noble Grossart Investments, Alexandra Investment Management, Prokom Investments, KVK, and several angel investors.


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