While working for the French ISP Infonie as head of R&D, Fabrice Lacroix saw that the early search engine technology the ISP acquired to crawl the Web just wasn't powerful enough for the telecommunications company's needs. So, with support from two Infonie co-workers, Stephane Loesel and Jerome Mainka, he founded Antidot in 1999 to create a search engine for Infonie. Given the company's drive to innovate, it isn't surprising that Antidot offers much more than just a search engine in the 15 years since it was founded. Around 2006, they could see that the only way to improve the results of a search engine was to increase the quality of the data indexed by the search engine, says Pierre Col, CMO of Antidot.
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