|Type of business||Private|
Type of site
|Founded||June 1996(as Ask Jeeves)|
|Headquarters||Oakland, California, U.S.|
|Created by||Garrett Gruener
David Warthen (Founders)
Douglas Leeds (CEO)
|Alexa rank||90 (July 2016)|
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. Douglas Leeds was elevated from president to CEO in 2010.
Three venture capital firms, Highland Capital Partners, Institutional Venture Partners, and The RODA Group were early investors. Ask.com is currently owned by InterActiveCorp (IAC) under the NASDAQsymbol NASDAQ: IAC.
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.