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Ask Search Engine

http://www.ask.com/

Type of business Private
Type of site
Answer engine
Available in English
Founded June 1996; 20 years ago (as Ask Jeeves)
Headquarters Oakland, California, U.S.
Owner IAC
Created by Garrett Gruener
David Warthen (Founders)
Douglas Leeds (CEO)
Website www.ask.com
Alexa rank Decrease 90 (July 2016)[1]
Registration Optional
Current status Active

Ask.com (originally known as Ask Jeeves) is a question answering-focused e-business and web search engine founded in 1996 by Garrett Gruener and David Warthen in Berkeley, California.

The original software was implemented by Gary Chevsky from his own design. Warthen, Chevsky, Justin Grant, and others built the early AskJeeves.com website around that core engine. In late 2010, facing insurmountable competition from more popular search engines, the company outsourced its web search technology and returned to its roots as a question and answer site.[2] Douglas Leeds was elevated from president to CEO in 2010.[3]

Ask.com has been criticized for its browser toolbar, which has been accused of behaving like malware due to its bundling with other software and the difficulty of its uninstallation.

Three venture capital firms, Highland Capital Partners, Institutional Venture Partners, and The RODA Group were early investors.[4] Ask.com is currently owned by InterActiveCorp (IAC) under the NASDAQsymbol NASDAQIAC.

Ask.com’s corporate headquarters are located at 555 City Center, in the Oakland City Center development in downtown Oakland, California.

Ask.com was originally known as Ask Jeeves, “Jeeves” being the name of a “gentleman’s gentleman”, or valet, fetching answers to any question asked. The character was based on Bertie Wooster‘s valet Jeeves, in the fictional works of P. G. Wodehouse. In movies, the Jeeves character was played by Arthur Treacher, the English actor who lent his name to another American franchise, Arthur Treacher’s fish and chips.