Answers Corporation
Type of business Private
Type of site
Question & Answer
Available in English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Tagalog
Founded 1999 (1999) (as GuruNet)
Headquarters St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Owner Apax Partners
Founder(s) Bob Rosenschein, Mark Tebbe
Slogan(s) The Most Trusted Place for Answering Life's Questions.
Alexa rank Increase 520 (September 2016)
Launched January 2005 (2005-01)
Current status Active is an Internet-based knowledge exchange, which includes WikiAnswers, ReferenceAnswers, VideoAnswers, and five international language Q&A communities. The domain name was purchased by entrepreneurs Bill Gross and Henrik Jones at idealab in 1996.[1] 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.[2]


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.[3]

On October 2004 GuruNet had an IPO on the American Stock Exchange (AMEX) under the symbol "GRU" and also acquired the domain name early the same year for $80,000.[4]

On January 2005 the company moved to a new business model of a free-to-customer product, and 1-Click Answers software, containing practically all the content that was sold via subscriptions. The new model is based on generating advertising revenue.[3]

On August 2, 2005, the company's shares started trading on NASDAQ instead of AMEX under the symbol "ANSW".[4]

On October 17, 2005, GuruNet changed its corporate name to Answers Corporation, unifying the company's name and its website,[4]

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

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

In the fall of 2009, launched a revamped version of their website, which combined wiki-style contributions with expert resources.[5][6]

At Jeff Pulver's 140 Characters Conference in New York City in April 2010, 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[7]

Aside from providing community-generated Q&A and reference information for published titles, began offering videos as part of its VideoAnswers library, in July 2010. This was part of a partnership with video site 5min.[8]

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 Q&A wiki community reached its 10 millionth answer.[9]

At the start of 2011, the site surpassed 11 million answers. Shortly after, on February 3, 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 $10.50 per share represents a significant cash premium of approximately 33% over our 90-day volume-weighted average closing stock price."[10][11][12]

On April 23, 2012 TA Associates announced that it was joining as an additional private investor in and on May 1, 2012 laid off the remaining development staff in the Jerusalem office as a first step in fully assimilating the company.[13]

On August 8, 2012, reports surfaced that had reached a preliminary agreement to acquire from The New York Times Company for $270 million of debt and equity.[14] However, it was thwarted by IAC, who countered with a $300 million "clean cash" offer.[15]

On December 23, 2013 acquired ForeSee Results, Inc., a customer experience & customer survey analytics company based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA.[16] proceeded to lay off between 50 and 75 employees one month after the acquisition, followed by another 100 laysoffs 18 months later.[17]


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  10. " Agrees to be Acquired for $127 Million in Cash: $10.50 per Share". Archived from the original on February 5, 2011.
  11. "Q&A Site Acquired By AFCV Holdings For $127 Million In Cash".
  12. " Acquired For $127 Million".
  13. "Answers Expands Knowledge Leadership Across the Web, Mobile and Social Platforms".
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  15. "Barry Diller Shows Up Late, Gets What He Wants: IAC to Buy 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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