Startpage is a private search engine from the Dutch Surfboard Holding BV. The search technology is a search interface that uses Google's search engine. Startpage started in 2009 and is initially the American version of Ixquick, which did not work there due to its rather complicated name. Meanwhile the provider has completely switched to the Startpage brand and Ixquick was closed in 2018.

Language Multilingual

Launched 2009
Closed No

Developer Surfboard Holding BV

Country of Origin Netherlands

2009 - [...] Surfboard Holding BV

Topic Universal

Region No Limitation

Technical functionalities
Anonymous / private searching
Search Interface / Search API
Search Portal

Used SeEn Google Search Engine

Older Version Internet Archive / WebCite

»StartPage, and its sister search engine Ixquick, are the only third-party certified search engines in the world that do not record your IP address or track your searches.« Source


»StartPage was released in 2009 in the United States as a new name for the Ixquick search engine. Because the name Ixquick can be somewhat difficult to remember and spell, people asked us for an easier name, and we were happy to oblige.« Source

Critical points

Features & Functionality


References & further Publications

Wikipedia (EN):
Wikipedia (Others):

Other Sources

McGee, Matt (June 14, 2013): Spurred By PRISM Scandal, StartPage & Ixquick Surpass 3 Million Daily Searches URL:
Graser, Franz (07.01.16): Diskrete Suchmaschine erobert das deutsche Fernsehen URL:
Fischer, Andreas (24.03.2016): Ixquick-Suchmaschine geht in Startpage auf URL: (19.10.16): WERDEN ANDERE FOLGEN? Nach Skandal: Yahoo verliert Suchmaschinen-Partner URL:
Andrew Orr (2019): Startpage Voted Best Search Engine in Germany, Beating Google URL:
Brian Fagioli (2019): Privacy for the win! defeats Google and Bing to become best search engine URL:
Welt (2019): Diese Suchmaschine ist besser als Google URL:

Created: 2015-09-24