Sunday, February 6, 2011
1 of Israel's top ten technologies that are transforming the Web
WikiAnswers from Answers.com lets users post questions to a community that then answers them.
Founded by CEO Bob Rosenschein in 1999 as a desktop software company called GuruNet, Answers.com was launched in January 2005. The site started out as a one-stop, pre-research online hub that aggregated licensed content from different reference resources, including Barron's and Miriam-Webster, until November 2006 when the company acquired FAQ Farm, a user-generated Q&A site.
Renamed WikiAnswers, the Q&A service has since been integrated into the rest of the site and was ranked the 2nd fastest growing domain in the US in 2009, second only to Facebook.com.
To date WikiAnswers, which lets users post questions and has a community answer the questions and edit them as a wiki, has over one million questions and 100,000 daily visitors. WikiAnswers is helping to change the way we find information.
Answers.com is a Q&A website, which includes WikiAnswers, ReferenceAnswers, VideoAnswers, and five international language Q&A communities. Bill Gross and Henrik Jones co-founded Answers.com in 1996 at idealab. Answers.com was acquired by NetShepard and subsequently sold to GuruNet. The website is the primary product of the Answers Corporation (NASDAQ: ANSW, previously GuruNet), an Israel-based Internet reference and Q&A company with offices in New York City and Jerusalem, founded by Bob Rosenschein in 1999. The site supports English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, and Tagalog. WikiAnswers is a community-generated social knowledge Q&A platform, leveraging wiki-based technologies.
Bob Rosenschein is the CEO, chairman of the board and founder of Israel-based Answers Corporation, formerly GuruNet, which operates Answers.com.
Mr. Rosenschein graduated with a B. Sc. in Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in 1976. He was given the Prime Minister of Israel's Award for Software Achievement in 1997. In 2009, he was named an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2009 Award Finalist in the Metropolitan New York region.
In his early career, Mr. Rosenschein worked for Data General, American Management Systems and the World Bank. Following this, he was Chief Executive Officer of Accent Software International Ltd., a company that developed multi-lingual software tools, from 1988 to 1997. Then, from 1997 to 1998, he was the Chief Technical Officer of Accent.