5 June 1953
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA
|Known for||Founder of Answers.com|
Robert S. Rosenschein is an American-Israeli internet entrepreneur. His latest startup is Curiyo. He is the founder and was CEO and chairman of Answers.com, formerly GuruNet, until May 2011, when it was bought by Summit Partner's AFCV Holdings for $127 million.
Early life and career
Rosenschein was born to Jewish parents and grew up in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He graduated with a B.Sc. in Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1976. In his early career, Mr. Rosenschein worked for Data General, American Management Systems, the World Bank, and Ashton-Tate. He moved to Israel in 1983, where he worked as a software consultant.
In 1988, together with his brother, Prof. Jeffrey Rosenschein, he founded Kivun, later Accent Software. Its initial product was Dagesh, the first Hebrew/English word processor for Windows. From 1991-1992, the company consulted to Microsoft, helping design and develop Hebrew and Arabic versions of Windows 3.1. The company went on to develop multi-lingual software tools under the brand Accent. For the Hebrew Windows and Dagesh projects, Mr. Rosenschein was awarded the Prime Minister of Israel's Award for Software Achievement in 1997.
In 1999, Rosenschein founded GuruNet, which created a 1-click popup Internet-based information utility. The product later became Answers.com, incorporating both editorial reference and user-generated Q&A information. The company was listed on NASDAQ as Answers Corporation from 13 October 2004 until 14 April 2011, when it was purchased and taken private by AFCV Holdings.
In 2009, Rosenschein was named an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2009 Award Finalist in the Metropolitan New York region.
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