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Answerscom is an Internet-based knowledge exchange, which includes WikiAnswers, ReferenceAnswers, VideoAnswers, and five international language Q&A communities The Answerscom domain name was purchased by entrepreneurs Bill Gross and Henrik Jones at idealab in 1996 The domain name was acquired by NetShepard and subsequently sold to GuruNet The website is the primary product of the Answers Corporation previously GuruNet, an Internet reference and Q&A company, founded by Bob Rosenschein, Mark Tebbe and Mort Meyerson in 1999 The site supports English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, and Tagalog WikiAnswers is a community-generated social knowledge Q&A platform, using wiki-based technologies


GuruNet was founded in Jerusalem, Israel in 1999 to develop technology that intelligently and automatically integrates and retrieves information from disparate sources and delivers the result in a single consolidated view to the user GuruNet initially displayed its information through a downloadable software product, today known as 1-Click Answers The product was launched as a free product in 1999 Beginning in 2003 it was sold to users on a perpetual license base and later as an annual subscription

On October 2004 GuruNet had an IPO on the American Stock Exchange AMEX under the symbol "GRU" and also acquired the Answerscom domain name early the same year for $80,000

On January 2005 the company moved to a new business model of a free-to-customer product, Answerscom and 1-Click Answers software, containing practically all the content that was sold via subscriptions The new model is based on generating advertising revenue

On August 2, 2005, the company's shares started trading on NASDAQ instead of AMEX under the symbol "ANSW"

On October 17, 2005, GuruNet changed its corporate name to Answers Corporation, unifying the company's name and its website, Answerscom

From 2005 to late 2009, the Google search engine definitions feature, in the top-right corner of the site, was linked to Answerscom

On July 2, 2006, Answerscom released a trivia game known as blufr

In the fall of 2009, Answerscom launched a revamped version of their website, which combined wiki-style contributions with expert resources

At Jeff Pulver's 140 Characters Conference in New York City in April 2010, Answerscom launched its alpha version of a Twitter-answering service nicknamed 'Hoopoe' When tweeting a question to the site's official Twitter account, @AnswersDotCom, an automatic reply is given with a snippet of answer and a link to the full answer page on Answerscom

Aside from providing community-generated Q&A and reference information for published titles, Answerscom began offering videos as part of its VideoAnswers library, in July 2010 This was part of a partnership with video site 5min

In September 2010, blufr was relaunched with new design, game modes, and social features It is available on the web and as an iPhone/iPod Touch app in the iTunes app store

It was announced in November 2010 that the Answerscom Q&A wiki community reached its 10 millionth answer

At the start of 2011, the site surpassed 11 million answers Shortly after, on February 3, Answerscom announced in a press release that it had agreed to be acquired by AFCV Holdings for $127 million in cash AFCV Holdings, LLC, is a portfolio company of growth equity investor Summit Partners Bob Rosenschein was quoted: "The acquisition price of $1050 per share represents a significant cash premium of approximately 33% over our 90-day volume-weighted average closing stock price"

On April 23, 2012 TA Associates announced that it was joining as an additional private investor in Answerscom and on May 1, 2012 laid off the remaining development staff in the Jerusalem office as a first step in fully assimilating the company

On August 8, 2012, reports surfaced that Answerscom had reached a preliminary agreement to acquire Aboutcom from The New York Times Company for $270 million of debt and equity However, it was thwarted by IAC, who countered with a $300 million "clean cash" offer

On December 23, 2013 Answerscom acquired ForeSee Results, Inc, a customer experience & customer survey analytics company based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA Answerscom proceeded to lay off between 50 and 75 employees one month after the acquisition, followed by another 100 laysoffs 18 months later


  1. ^ "Answerscom WHOIS, DNS, & Domain Info - DomainTools" domaintoolscom Retrieved 22 June 2016 
  2. ^ "Company Overview" Answerscom 
  3. ^ a b "GuruNet Corporation 2005 Annual Report" iranswerscom Archived from the original on August 20, 2007 
  4. ^ a b c Festa, Paul January 3, 2005 "GuruNet launches new search service" CNET News Retrieved 2010-05-13 
  5. ^ "New Answerscom Launches First Site to Combine Community with Hundreds of Editorial Resources under One Roof" businesswirecom 
  6. ^ "Heavy Answerscom censorship" blogwiredcom Archived from the original on September 19, 2012 
  7. ^ "Answerscom Starts Answering Questions On Twitter" techcrunchcom 
  8. ^ "Exclusive: Answerscom Gets 200,000 Video Answers From 5Min" techcrunchcom 
  9. ^ "Answerscom Hits 10 Millionth Answer, Launches Its First iPhone App blufr" techcrunchcom 
  10. ^ "Answerscom Agrees to be Acquired for $127 Million in Cash: $1050 per Share" iranswerscom Archived from the original on February 5, 2011 
  11. ^ "Q&A Site Answerscom Acquired By AFCV Holdings For $127 Million In Cash" techcrunchcom 
  12. ^ "Answerscom Acquired For $127 Million" searchenginelandcom 
  13. ^ "Answers Expands Knowledge Leadership Across the Web, Mobile and Social Platforms" tacom 
  14. ^ Kafka, Peter "The New York Times Is About to Say Goodbye to Aboutcom" All Things Digital Retrieved 9 August 2012 
  15. ^ "Barry Diller Shows Up Late, Gets What He Wants: IAC to Buy Aboutcom From New York Times for $300 Million" All Things Digital Retrieved 27 August 2012 
  16. ^ "Answers Corporation Announces Acquisition of ForeSee Results, Inc to Provide a Complete Customer Life Cycle Solution" 
  17. ^ "ForeSee parent company lays off nearly 100 employees in 2nd round of cuts" 

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