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|Traded as||NASDAQ: JCOM|
|Headquarters||Hollywood, California, United States|
|Key people||Richard Ressler
(President & CFO)
j2 Global was founded in December 1995 as JFax by Jaye Muller and Jack Rieley. The company changed its registered name to j2 Global Communications, Inc. on August 2000, and again to j2 Global on December 7, 2011, dropping "Communications" from its official name to reflect "...expansion from phone number-centric services ... into complementary lines of non-phone number-centric services."
On November 12, 2012, j2 Global launched its digital media division with the acquisition of digital publisher Ziff Davis Inc. for $167 million in cash. On February 4, 2013, j2 Global announced that it had more than doubled the size of its digital media division's business with the acquisition of IGN Entertainment from News Corp. Terms of the IGN acquisition were not announced.
On March 18, 2013, the company announced it had acquired MetroFax, a Bellevue, Washington provider of Internet faxing services. On April 17, 2013, the company acquired Backup Connect BV, a Dutch provider of online backup services. On 19 November 2013, its media division Ziff Davis announced it acquired electronics aggregating website TechBargain.com.
In February, j2 Global announced the acquisition of several companies: City Numbers, a UK-based worldwide provider of inbound toll-free numbers in over 80 countries; LiveDrive, a UK-based provider of online backup; and Australian companies OzeFax and Faxmate. On 3 April 2014 j2 Global announced that it acquired Business Critical Software (also known as iCritical), a UK-based email security and management company.
As of 2014, j2 Global has a network that covers 49 countries on six continents. As of December 31, 2013, j2 Global reported 18 consecutive fiscal years of revenue growth..
Brands and subsidiaries
j2 Global, Inc. provides Internet services through its two divisions: Business Cloud Services and Digital Media. Business Cloud Services brands include eFax, MyFax, Onebox, eVoice, Fusemail, Campaigner and KeepITsafe. Digital Media brands include Ziff Davis and IGN.
In September 2012, j2 Global was recognized on the InformationWeek 500 list of technology companies.
Some j2 Global companies have been the target of complaints ranging from number portability to issues with its contract providing no refunds on early termination.
It has targeted a long list of competing providers with patent litigation, including CallWave, Comodo, EasyLink, Open Text, Packetel, Protus, Venali and Vitelity. Many of these companies have filed counter-claims, some of which allege antitrust violations of Section 2 of the Sherman Act and California’s Business and Professions Code §§ 16720 and 17200. It has wilfully caused problems for subscribers attempting to leave the service through inflated cancellation fees and by holding clients' toll-free numbers hostage. It has also engaged in aggressive acquisition of other providers, reducing options for consumers. Clients of companies acquired by j2 Global (such as eFax and Onebox) have complained that toll-free number portability which was provided before the companies were acquired is being taken away, are encountering high cancellation fees or have had j2 Global (or its newly-acquired subsidiaries) claim that it (and not the client) owns the telephone numbers associated with the service.
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- InformationWeek 500 award
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