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Acquired byIAC/InterActiveCorp
Price$1.85B
Date7/2005
TermsCash

General Information

Offices

Oakland, USA
555 12th Street
Suite 500
Oakland, CA, 94607
USA

People

CEO
CTO
VP, Communications
SVP, Financial Planning & Analysis
Vice President, Product Management
President, Ask.com Partner Network
Vice President, Communications
Sr. Director Product Management
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Acquisitions

Total$939M
The About Group, 9/2012 $300M
nrelate, 7/2012
Sendori, 1/2009 $25M
Lexico Publishing Group, 5/2008 $100M
Bloglines, 2/2005 $10M
Excite@Home, 3/2004
Teoma Technologies, 9/2001 $4M
Direct Hit, 2/2000 $500M

Funding

TOTAL $25M
FUNDING TOTAL $25M
Seed, 1/1996
Roda Group
Series A, 3/1999
Highland Capital Partners
Institutional Venture Partners
$25M

Competitors

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Ask.com

Ask.com is a top 10 US website and digital brand (as ranked by Nielsen) with more than 100 million monthly users globally. Founded in 1996, Ask.com was originally known as Ask Jeeves and specialized in natural language search. In Sept 2001, the company acquired Teoma Technologies, and began shifting Ask’s algorithms away from natural language search.

AskJeeves was acquired by IAC in March 2005 for $1.85 Billion and renamed Ask.com in 2006.

In July 2010, Ask.com returned to its Q&A roots with the beta launch of its question and answer (Q&A) offering that uses a hybrid of search technology and human response to address complex or opinion-based questions. The company also launched it flagship mobile application (since downloaded more than 3 million times) in the fall of 2010.

In 2012, Ask.com made two acquisitions as part of a larger strategy to offer more content on the Ask.com website. On July 2, 2012 Ask.com purchased content discovery start-up, nRelate, for an undisclosed amount. That was followed by the company’s acquisition of expert advice and information site About.com, which closed in September 2012

Ask.com’s ads are served by Google.

Recent Milestones

Videos

Above:

Ask Around, Ask.com’s location-based group chat app

Added: 3/28/11

Screenshots

Ask.com screenshot
Above: Ask.com Q&A Beta_2010
Uploaded: 8/31/10
Ask.com screenshot
Above: Ask.com Q&A Beta_2010(2)
Uploaded: 8/31/10

Products

Ask.com Q&A

Websiteask.com
Blogblog.ask.com
StageLive
Tags search
Ask.com screenshot
Above: Ask.com Q&A Screenshot -- #1
Uploaded: 2/5/08

Traffic Analytics

Quantcast

Livegraph

Compete

Ask

Sources

  1. Ask Jeeves bought for $1.9B (money.cnn.com) [edit]
  2. ZDNet (zdnet.com) [edit]
  3. Ask.com Acquires Content Discovery Platform nRelate (finance.yahoo.com) [edit]
  4. IAC’s Ask.com Acquires Domain Name Monetizer Sendori (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  5. Ask.com Picks Up Dictionary.com After It Was Jilted By Answers.com (thealarmclock.com) [edit]
  6. Ask Jeeves Acquires Bloglines (crn.com) [edit]
  7. Citation Needed [add]
  8. Ask Jeeves Acquires Teoma (searchenginewatch.com) [edit]
  9. Ask Jeeves Asks Direct Hit (searchenginewatch.com) [edit]
  10. rodagroup.com [edit]
  11. internetnews.com [edit]
  12. PandoDaily (pandodaily.com) [edit]
    MediaPost (mediapost.com) [edit]
    Mercury News (mercurynews.com) [edit]
    eMarketer (emarketer.com) [edit]
    TechCrunch (techcrunch.com) [edit]
    Forbes (forbes.com) [edit]
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