Ask.com (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 Ask.com 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., Ask.com is a global service used by well over 100 million users, and ranks in comScore’s top 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 About.com 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 Ask.com is one of them. It’s been a wild ride, but we’ve only just begun.
Learn more about our journey from the CEOs who lived It. Check out our 15th anniversary video, below.