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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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Entrepreneur not sold on flight times between Indy, San FranciscoRestricted Content

September 14, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The nonstop connection to Silicon Valley that Indianapolis' tech community has been clamoring for is here, but a leading advocate for the service said it doesn’t meet his industry’s needs.
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Hunckler steps down as head of startup group Verge

July 11, 2013
Dan Human
The executive director of the startup advocacy group will devote himself to Social Reactor, a social media startup within Scott Jones’ question-and-answer service ChaCha Search Inc.
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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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DANZ: Indianapolis tech community should build momentumRestricted Content

October 20, 2012
Kristine Danz / Special to IBJ
More money, mentoring would add fuel to lively industry.
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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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Young Indy-area tech entrepreneurs enjoy deep supportRestricted Content

April 7, 2012
Chris O'Malley
MyJibe co-founder Mike Langellier is among a new generation of tech entrepreneurs in the Indianapolis area that benefits from a host of support their predecessors never enjoyed.
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Techies pressing again for direct Silicon Valley flightsRestricted Content

March 31, 2012
Chris O'Malley
High-tech firms have been clamoring for a couple of decades for nonstop flights between Indianapolis International Airport and California’s Silicon Valley. One of Indiana’s tech icons made it clear recently that the need is as urgent as ever.
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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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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 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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Lemonade Day generates almost $812,000 in sales

June 19, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The results of Scott Jones’ experiment in junior entrepreneurship are in. The “Lemonade Day” event he helped bring to central Indiana May 2 raised $811,672 here via the sale of 545,207 glasses of lemonade.
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Scott Jones brings Lemonade Day to Indianapolis kids

April 24, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Launched in Houston three years ago, Lemonade Day aims to educate children from pre-kindergarten through high school how to start, own and operate their own small businesses.
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Big guns behind Allos Ventures tech fund

March 20, 2010
Chris O'Malley
The region’s blossoming technology sector is about to get another shot of financial fertilizer. The newly formed Allos Ventures has raised $20 million from investors and plans to focus on early-stage tech companies.
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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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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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