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ChaCha CEO Jones launches app school in Carmel

August 5, 2014
Dennis Barbosa
Some of the events will take place at Scott Jones’ estate at 1150 W. 116th St. The unique setting prompted the founders to name the school Eleven Fifty.
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Tech firm ChaCha slices 28 of its 44 employees

May 19, 2014
Dan Human
The Carmel-based question-and-answer service cut its 18-month-old social media division, Social Reactor, after a rate algorithm change at Google slashed the division's revenue from advertising.
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Ex-employee files harassment lawsuit against ChaCha

April 4, 2014
Dan Human
The suit alleges that the wife of company founder Scott Jones believed he was having an affair with the employee, and the firm didn't do enough to prevent the wife from confronting and threatening her at work.
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Apple buyout in ChaCha's future?

November 30, 2013
Dan Human
Apple has applied for a patent that sounds pretty familiar to the folks at Carmel-based ChaCha Search Inc. Enough so that ChaCha founder Scott Jones has suggested that his business is well-suited for an acquisition by one of the largest companies in the world.
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Latest ChaCha version taps new source for answers

March 27, 2013
Dan Human
The iKnow system will be introduced alongside other changing features with the launch of ChaCha 2.0, which will likely happen in early April, company founder Scott Jones said.
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ChaCha secures $14M investment to expand services

January 28, 2013
Scott Olson
The latest round of funding will enable ChaCha to make "significant" investments in new products to expand both mobile and online services, CEO Scott Jones said. Internally, the project is dubbed "Go Big."
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New ChaCha unit to pair celebrities, advertisers

January 12, 2013
Chris O'Malley
The ever-evolving information/answers service ChaCha Search has launched a startup within the 7-year-old company. Social Reactor will match advertisers with participating celebrities and other “social influencers,” who will use social media tools such as Twitter to drive fans to advertisers. Verge founder Matt Hunckler was tapped to get it rolling.
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ChaCha joins list of elite startupsRestricted Content

June 2, 2012
Red Herring magazine's annual list of top tech startups previously included the likes of Facebook, Google and Yahoo.
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How do you turn a profit? Nimble ChaCha finds answerRestricted Content

March 24, 2012
Chris O'Malley
scott jones video iconAfter six hard years, the locally based Q&A service has positive earnings and expects revenue to more than double this year. Founder and entrepreneur Scott Jones reveals how the firm turned the corner.
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ChaCha apologizing for 'inflammatory' answers

February 9, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Carmel-based ChaCha Search Inc., a question-and-answer service for mobile phone and online users, is apologizing for providing what it calls "inflammatory answers to questions asked about sensitive subjects."
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ChaCha broadens business strategyRestricted Content

September 10, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Mobile-phone-answers service ChaCha Search has dialed up its largest expansion yet—entering the United Kingdom and contracting with New York City’s “311” municipal information service.
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ChaCha sues Taiwanese company for trademark infringement

February 25, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Carmel-based ChaCha Search Inc., operator of an online question-and-answer site, sued Taiwanese company HTC Corp. for trademark infringement over the planned introduction of a smartphone called the ChaCha.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Inside the mind of Scott Jones

January 26, 2011
Mason King
LQ_JOnes_WatchVideoDid the serial entrepreneur really "invent" voice mail? What's his tie to "Dr. Dunkenstein"? Why is lemonade so crucial? The CEO of ChaCha Search has answers.
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ChaCha lands $3M investment

January 20, 2011
The Carmel-based company said the latest round of financing extends a $20 million investment it received in October to fund an expansion of its signature mobile service.
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ChaCha approaches web-traffic milestone

November 13, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Traffic to the site hit a record high of 18.5 million unique visitors in October, making it the fastest-growing in Quantcast’s top 100 websites.
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ChaCha lands $20 million venture investment

October 14, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The funding comes from new investors VantagePoint Venture Partners and Rho Ventures. Since its inception in December 2005, ChaCha has raised more than $50 million, including $7 million earlier this year from a venture capital fund.
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ChaCha may drop T-Mobile over planned fee

September 20, 2010
Scott Olson
Wireless carrier plans to begin charging a new one-quarter of 1 cent fee on text messages. In response, ChaCha CEO Scott Jones says his company will drop the wireless carrier from its answer service.
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Facebook, others try to cut in on ChaCha's answer service

September 4, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Tech entrepreneur Scott Jones says the accuracy of his company's answers will set ChaCha apart from its social-media rivals.
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Jones' robotic mower company lands $4.5 million in funding

August 17, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Precise Path Robotics completes round of funding on the heels of signing contract with two companies that control more than 100 U.S. golf courses.
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ChaCha raises $7 million in venture funding

January 4, 2010
ChaCha, a Carmel-based mobile search engine, announced Monday morning that it has closed on $7 million in venture funding.
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Mobile search engine faces test

August 3, 2009
 IBJ Staff
ChaCha Search, the increasingly popular creation of serial inventor Scott Jones, was bombarded last month after early reports that Michael Jackson had died.
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ALTOM: Go above and beyond Google for Web searchesRestricted Content

June 22, 2009
Tim Altom
It's getting so you have to use a search engine on the Internet to find a search engine. There are now dozens, perhaps hundreds, many of them highly specialized.
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ChaCha co-founder dancing to different drumRestricted Content

April 27, 2009
Chris O'Malley
ChaCha Search Inc. co-founder Brad Bostic has stepped down as president of the human-assisted Internet search company, which is struggling to turn a profit in a dismal advertising climate, but he hasn't left. "Brad is still engaged with the company as a director, co-founder and consultant," said co-founder and CEO Scott Jones.
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ChaCha trims employees, modifies biz planRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
Peter Schnitzler
Search engine ChaCha lays off employees, cuts perks, begins limiting its free answers to clients
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'Instant gratification moments' key to ChaCha's biz strategy

September 1, 2008
Peter Schnitzler
Carmel-based ChaCha Search Inc. has been winning accolades and enough teen fans to rival Hannah Montana. But none of that makes it apparent how the company can make money giving free answers to random cell phone queries.
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