FTC investigating Intelius, and other so-called ‘data brokers’

Intelius, the Bellevue-based company led by entrepreneur Naveen Jain, is among the companies being investigated by the The Federal Trade Commission for practices of how they capture consumer data. The Consumerist has more details, noting that the FTC is looking into how Intelius and the others collect and use data about consumers. Here’s what the FTC… Read More

Naveen Jain at the Intelius offices in Bellevue

Meet Inome: The latest thing to sprout from Naveen Jain

Naveen Jain has built some of the Seattle’s best known Internet companies, founding InfoSpace in 1996 and Intelius in 2003. Now, Jain is kicking around yet another idea, and it too starts with the letter “I.” Meet Inome Inc., which is the new corporate umbrella for the properties that previously were housed under Intelius. Jain… Read More


Intelius quietly buys Facebook genealogy app Family Builder

Intelius is best known for its background checks on family members, friends or employees. But now the Bellevue company is expanding in a new direction: Helping busy families connect and communicate. Intelius quietly purchased popular Facebook app Family Builder on June 15th, rebranding the service as Live Family. The company has kept the acquisition pretty… Read More


Intelius CEO Naveen Jain: IPO could be in the cards in 2012

Bellevue-based Intelius, an online identity company that specializes in background checks of individuals, may consider going public next year if there’s an appetite among investors. “We will consider an IPO if the markets are open,” Jain told GeekWire today. “We feel good about where we are, and feel confident about our future.” The company —… Read More


Google your name, and you might just find an Intelius advertisement

Forbes columnist Kashmir Hill recently Googled her name, and to her surprise found an advertisement in the search results from Bellevue-based Intelius. That set the reporter on a quest to find out why, digging into Google’s privacy policies and asking Intelius why it would want to buy text ads using individual names. Interestingly, Hill finds… Read More

Naveen Jain

Naveen Jain’s next big thing: Own a piece of the moon?

Naveen Jain is looking to save planet Earth by reaching for the moon. The Seattle Internet entrepreneur emerged today as the co-founder of a new startup company called Moon Express, which is attempting to “blaze a trail to the moon and establish new avenues for commercial space activities beyond Earth orbit.” Jain previously co-founded the… Read More