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Founded as Ask Jeeves in 1996 and re-named in 2005, has spent the last 15+ years committed to its mission of increasing personal knowledge by empowering people with answers.

We think the best way to deliver on this promise is to give our users a service that makes it fun, easy and satisfying to ask and answer everyday questions, be they personal or professional, serious or silly, easy or difficult.

In July of 2010 we rolled out a new designed to do a better job of just that. As the only Q&A service combining the power of search with the insight of a live user community,'s innovative technology scours the web to find answers where they exist online, then turns to a qualified user when they don't. is now available in both Android and iPhone devices, where the app has had over a million downloads. Ask users can leverage their mobile devices to simply "say" any question and get fast, credible answers delivered right in the palm of their hands.

Headquartered in Oakland, California with an international presence in the UK and Europe, is the fourth biggest site on the web when it comes to monthly searches, and attracts more than 100 million unique users globally every month in the US alone. is a wholly owned business of IAC (Nasdaq: IACI).

Our History (originally known as Ask Jeeves) was founded in 1996 by Garrett Gruener and David Warthen in Berkeley, Calif. The big idea? Allow online searchers to get answers to questions posed in everyday, natural language.

No matter how popular searching by keyword is or has become, the team has always found that more than half of the queries on our site come in the form of a simple question. It seems a fair amount of people just prefer asking questions the old fashioned way. And they like the idea of receiving straightforward answers – not a list of blue links — even more.

Acquired by IAC in 2005 and now headquartered in Oakland, Calif., is a global service used by well over 100 million users, and ranks in comScore’s top 10 US websites in terms of traffic. Our flagship mobile app, available on both iOS and Android, has been downloaded almost 3 million times. And we continue to grow in our quest to provide our users with access to trusted answers and great content, as evidenced by our acquisition of The Group in 2012.

There aren’t scores of Internet companies born in the mid-nineties that are still not only surviving, but thriving, in today’s world, but is one of them. It’s been a wild ride, but we’ve only just begun.

Ask Technology is an open source technical stack where we try to continue to grow, innovate and find new ways to do things better! We are primarily a Java shop with tools centered on working with large amounts of content and data. Have suggestions to help us achieve more? Come join us! We welcome suggestions and innovation.

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