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14550 Clay Terrace Blvd.
Suite 130
Carmel, IN, 46032
West Coast Office
156 2nd St
San Francisco, CA, 94105


Co-Founder, CEO, Chairman
Board of Advisors


Series A, 11/2006
Members of Simon Mall Family
Series B, 10/2007
Morton Meyerson
Jeff Bezos
Scott Jones
Series C, 10/2008
Series D, 6/2009
Partial Close, 7/2009
Series E, 12/2009
Series F, 10/2010
VantagePoint Capital Partners
Rho Capital Partners
Venture Round, 1/2011
Qualcomm Ventures
Venture Round, 1/2013
VantagePoint Capital Partners
Rho Capital Partners
Qualcomm Ventures




ChaCha is the leading, free real-time answers service that has emerged as the #1 way for advertisers and marketers to reach and engage with the audience of their choice anytime, anywhere. Through its unique “ask-a-smart-friend” platform, ChaCha has answered over two billion questions since launch from more than 32 million unique users per month, and is ranked among comScore’s top 100 websites.

ChaCha delivers human-powered answers via (, SMS text (242-242), iPhone app, Android app, and voice (1-800-2-ChaCha). Working with major brands such as Paramount, NBC Universal Digital, AT&T, Palm, Johnson & Johnson, P&G, Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, and presidential political campaigns, is one of the fastest growing mobile and online publishers according to Nielsen and Quantcast.

ChaCha was co-founded by proven innovator and entrepreneur Scott Jones and is funded by VantagePoint Venture Partners, Rho Ventures, Bezos Expeditions; Morton Meyerson, former President and Vice Chairman of EDS as well as Chairman and CEO of Perot Systems; Rod Canion, founding CEO of Compaq Computer; the Simon family; and Jack Gill, Silicon Valley venture capitalist.

Recent Milestones

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    ChaCha received $14M in Venture Round funding. (1/28/13)
    Posted 1/28/13 at 6:35pm via
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    ChaCha added Michael Zammuto as Chief Operating Officer. (1/1/12)
    Posted 7/26/12 at 7:21pm
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    ChaCha received $3M in Venture Round funding. (1/19/11)
    Posted 1/19/11 at 10:40pm via
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    ChaCha — Traffic Jumps 116 Percent in 2010 (1/11/11)
    Posted 1/11/11 at 1:47pm via
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    ChaCha — ChaCha Garners Industry Star Honor at 2010 Mobile Excellence Awards (12/16/10)
    Posted 1/11/11 at 1:44pm via
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    ChaCha — ChaCha Answers 1 Billionth Question (12/6/10)
    Posted 1/11/11 at 1:47pm via
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    ChaCha — ChaCha Hits Record Traffic and Q&A Volume (11/8/10)
    Posted 11/8/10 at 7:59am via
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    ChaCha added Richard Harroch as Director. (10/14/10)
    Posted 10/20/10 at 11:08am
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    ChaCha received $20M in Series F funding. (10/1/10)
    Posted 10/13/10 at 7:58pm via
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    ChaCha added Douglas Gilmore as CIO. (10/1/10)
    Posted 11/17/11 at 12:04pm
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    ChaCha — ChaCha named in Lead411's Hottest Companies in the Midwest list (7/21/10)
    Posted 8/4/10 at 1:06am via
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    ChaCha added Shawn Schwegman as CMO. (6/1/10)
    Posted 1/11/11 at 1:42pm
  • Dollar
    ChaCha received $7M in Series E funding. (12/23/09)
    Posted 12/23/09 at 11:37am via
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    ChaCha received $4.03M in Partial Close funding. (7/8/09)
    Posted 3/4/14 at 10:21pm via
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    ChaCha received $16M in Series D funding. (6/1/09)
    Posted 7/23/09 at 9:11pm
  • Dollar
    ChaCha received $14M in Series C funding. (10/1/08)
    Posted 1/26/09 at 11:30am via



ChaCha - Fast, Free Answers From a Smart Friend

Added: 8/22/13


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Above: ChaCha Screenshot -- #1
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ChaCha Question & Answer Service
Tags mobile-marketing, mobile-advertising, mobile-search

ChaCha mobile search uses paid human guides to answer questions sent via SMS text message in conversational English. The service matches queries by sending them to the most knowledgeable guides in that topic, who then answer back via text message.

The mobile search model is now used for ChaCha’s desktop queries as well, whereas ChaCha’s original model used human guides to search with users in a chat-like session. The previous model was discontinued in favor of the universal mobile search model in April 2008. The new model also includes a voice search service that can be queried from a mobile phone via a toll free number (800.2CHACHA). The standard SMS text id is also ‘CHACHA’ (242 242).

ChaCha screenshot
Above: 2010
Uploaded: 10/20/10
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Above: ChaCha Mobile Answers - Text Any Q to 242-242
Uploaded: 10/20/10
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Above: Interactive Q&A's Through SMS, MMS, Apps, Web, Social Media, Blogs, and More
Uploaded: 10/20/10


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