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Answers Corporation
"The Most Trusted Place for Answering Life's Questions"
Type of businessPrivate
Type of site
Question & Answer
Available inEnglish, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Tagalog
Founded1999; 25 years ago (1999) (as GuruNet)
United States
Area servedWorldwide
OwnerInfospace Holdings LLC
Key people
  • Curtis Strite (GM & CTO)
  • Ben McCoy (CFO)
LaunchedJanuary 2005; 19 years ago (2005-01)
Current statusActive
Operating systemiOS, Android
WebsiteiOS Android, formerly known as WikiAnswers, is an Internet-based knowledge exchange. 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 and then AFCV Holdings. The website is now the primary product of the Answers Corporation. It has tens of millions of user-generated questions and answers, and provides a website where registered users can interact with one another.


GuruNet was founded in Jerusalem during 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.[2]

In 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.[3]

In January 2005, the company began a new business model of free-to-customer product. and 1-Click Answers software, containing practically all the content that was sold via subscriptions. The new model was based on generating advertising revenue.[2]

On August 2, 2005, the company's shares started trading on NASDAQ instead of AMEX under the symbol "ANSW".[3]

On October 17, 2005, GuruNet changed its corporate name to Answers Corporation, unifying the company's name and its website,[3]

From 2005 to late 2009, the Google search engine definitions feature, in the top-right corner of the site, was linked to[4]

On July 2, 2006, released a trivia game known as blufr.[citation needed]

In November 2006, acquired the question and answer site FAQ Farm.[5] Following the acquisition, the product was renamed WikiAnswers.[6]

In the fall of 2009, launched a revamped version of their website that fully integrated WikiAnswers.[7]

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 the answer and a link to the full answer page on[8]

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.[9]

In September 2010, blufr was relaunched as an iPhone/iPod Touch app with new design, game modes, and social features.[10]

It was announced in November 2010 that the Q&A wiki community reached its 10 millionth answer.[11]

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."[12][13][14]

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.[15]

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.[16] However, it was thwarted by IAC, who countered with a $300 million "clean cash" offer.[17]

On December 23, 2013, acquired ForeSee Results, Inc., a customer experience & customer survey analytics company based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA.[18] proceeded to lay off between 50 and 75 employees one month after the acquisition, followed by another 100 layoffs 18 months later.[19]

In August 2014, Apax Partners acquired Answers Corp. for $900 million. The terms of the deal were that Apax would own 91% of the company while Answers’ founders and management team will own the remaining 9% stake.[20]

In March 2017, parent company, Answers Corp, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.[21]

As of May 3, 2018, abandoned their wiki format, according to Chris Hawkins, Vice President, Business Operations. The entire user database was purged, and users can no longer edit questions or answers on the site; however, the site's content will remain available to read.[22]

In October 2019, re-launched user-generated content enabling new user registrations, questions, multiple answers, reactions, and comments.

In September 2020, launched native iOS and Android apps focused on Homework Help Q&A.

In May 2022, was purchased by System1.[23]


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  2. ^ a b "GuruNet Corporation 2005 Annual Report". Archived from the original on August 20, 2007.
  3. ^ a b c Festa, Paul (January 3, 2005). "GuruNet launches new search service". CNET News. Retrieved May 13, 2010.
  4. ^ ""Google Definitions Now Provided by "".
  5. ^ Finkelstein, Seth (February 12, 2009). "What's in a name? Everything, when you're talking wiki value". The Guardian. London. Retrieved October 29, 2014.
  6. ^ " Grows Content With WikiAnswers" (Press release). Archived from the original on February 11, 2009. Retrieved February 9, 2009.
  7. ^ "New Launches First Site to Combine Community with Hundreds of Editorial Resources under One Roof". Business Wire (Press release). September 22, 2009.
  8. ^ Schonfeld, Erick (April 20, 2010). " Starts Answering Questions On Twitter". TechCrunch.
  9. ^ Schonfeld, Erick (July 28, 2010). "Exclusive: Gets 200,000 Video Answers From 5Min". TechCrunch.
  10. ^ Kerr, Ronny (October 5, 2010). " launches blufr, social trivia". Retrieved December 25, 2017.
  11. ^ " Hits 10 Millionth Answer, Launches Its First iPhone App (blufr)". TechCrunch.
  12. ^ " Agrees to be Acquired for $127 Million in Cash: $10.50 per Share". February 3, 2011. Archived from the original on February 5, 2011.
  13. ^ Rao, Leena (February 3, 2011). "Q&A Site Acquired By AFCV Holdings For $127 Million In Cash". TechCrunch.
  14. ^ Schwartz, Barry (February 3, 2011). " Acquired For $127 Million". Search Engine Land.
  15. ^ "Answers Expands Knowledge Leadership Across the Web, Mobile and Social Platforms". TA Associates. April 23, 2012.
  16. ^ Kafka, Peter. "The New York Times Is About to Say Goodbye to". All Things Digital. Retrieved August 9, 2012.
  17. ^ Kafka, Peter (August 26, 2012). "Barry Diller Shows Up Late, Gets What He Wants: IAC to Buy From New York Times for $300 Million". All Things Digital. Retrieved August 27, 2012.
  18. ^ "Answers Corporation Announces Acquisition of ForeSee Results, Inc. to Provide a Complete Customer Life Cycle Solution" (Press release). December 23, 2013. Archived from the original on March 13, 2016.
  19. ^ Durr, Matt (July 9, 2015). "ForeSee parent company lays off nearly 100 employees in 2nd round of cuts". MLive.
  20. ^ Feldt, Brian (September 18, 2014). "Answers acquisition said to be worth $900 million". St. Louis Business Journal. Retrieved February 6, 2018.
  21. ^ Hals, Tom (March 3, 2017). Rigby, Bill (ed.). "Answers Corp files for bankruptcy to cut $471 million in debt". Reuters. Retrieved March 11, 2017.
  22. ^ Glaser, April (May 3, 2018). " Will No Longer Take Questions and Answers". Slate. Retrieved August 31, 2019.
  23. ^ "System1 Announces Preliminary First Quarter 2022 Financial Results".

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