Scott Jones

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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Rash of deals saves Gazelle venture-capital fundRestricted Content

January 7, 2008
Peter Schnitzler
Back in 1999, investors in Gazelle TechVentures expected a sprint to spectacular profits. Instead, they got a marathon slog. According to Gazelle Chairman and largest investor Scott Jones, it was like training for a race on a sunny day, then running it through a blizzard.
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Jones calls quid pro quo insinuation 'ridiculous'Restricted Content

November 26, 2007
Peter Schnitzler
For a preview of how Indiana's 2008 gubernatorial election will play out, look no further than the emerging tussle over entrepreneur Scott Jones' $4 million in awards from the state's 21st Century Research & Technology Fund.
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Jones taps friends nationwide for Daniels fund raisingRestricted Content

October 8, 2007
Peter Schnitzler
Silicon Valley venture capitalist Jack Gill--and dozens like him--are being recruited from far beyond state lines to support Indiana's incumbent governor. On Oct. 9, Gill will be in the crowd at technology entrepreneur Scott Jones' Carmel mansion. Jones, who organized the event, aims to collect $1 million for Daniels in a single day.
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Jones' ChaCha IT firm to have human touchRestricted Content

August 14, 2006
Peter Schnitzler
For the last eight months, Indiana's resident high-tech guru has been quietly developing a new IT firm. Few details have been leaked to the public. But in September, a national media blitz will announce the launch of ChaCha Search Inc., Jones' new human-assisted Internet search engine.
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  2. If you only knew....

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