We plan to survive based on the same business model that drives just about all browsers -- search. As long as you & many others use Epic :-), we should be able to keep the lights on and more than that, offer more for-free privacy services!!
So as you use Epic's private search engine, you help Epic survive. By the way -- Epic's private search is the default search engine, but to do Google searches in Epic quickly type "G" then tab, then enter your search terms. Just a side note as many users like to do Google searches as well.
Epic's search engine is powered by results from the world's search engines but is extremely private & always will be. All results, sponsored or organic, are based on your search term and rough geographical area (virtually every search engine has to send an IP to get results -- we mask yours always). We will never allow any tracking of our users -- by design when you use Epic search you simply can't even be tracked by the server that gets your search terms -- that's our philosophy!!
Since we don't accept targeting or tracking, we can't default pure Google search and thus likely will not reach the $400+ million in annual revenues Firefox/Mozilla gets from Google every year. BUT we should earn enough revenues to continue to support Epic, and grow our team & services!!!
Also, we do have investors and advisors who believe in our mission and its sustainability including the founder of Slashdot Rob Malda and the Washington Post Company (whose name will soon change) to be transparent.
I hope that's clear & don't hesitate to follow up and keep sharing your thoughts and feedback with us.