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Ask (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.

Acquired by IAC in 2005 and now headquartered in Oakland, Calif., Ask is a global service used by well over 100 million users, and ranks in comScore’s top US websites in terms of traffic. 

No matter how popular searching by keyword is or has become, the Ask 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.

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 has spent the last 15 years committed to the mission of getting its millions of users across the globe the most relevant answers to their questions.

Ask is an operating business of IAC