Language English

Launched 2006
Closed 2017

Developer Jones, Scott A. and Brad Bostic

Country of Origin US America

2006 - 2017 Jones, Scott A. and Brad Bostic

Topic Universal

Region No Limitation

Technical functionalities
Manually by a team of volunteers selected sites SeEn (also called Social Media SeEn)
Answer engine

Used SeEn ChaCha

Older Version Internet Archive / WebCite

»ChaCha was a human-guided search engine. It provided free, real-time answers to any question, through its website, or by using one of the company's mobile apps.

The company, founded in 2006 by Scott A. Jones and Brad Bostic, was based in Carmel, Indiana, United States, part of the Indianapolis metropolitan area.
The alpha version of ChaCha was launched on September 1, 2006. A beta version was introduced on November 6, 2006. ChaCha said 20,000 guides had registered by year's end and that it had raised US$6 million in development funds, including support from Bezos Expeditions, a personal investment firm owned by Jeff Bezos, the entrepreneur behind

By January 2008, ChaCha had 5,000 freelance guides with at least 500 working at any one time. reported that ChaCha's first round of equity financing was $14 million plus a $2 million grant from 21st Century Technology Fund.

ChaCha announced on March 17, 2009 a new round of equity financing totaling US$12 million while also laying off 25 people and reducing the salaries of the 56 remaining employees by 10 percent. The renewed investment brings total venture capital to an acknowledged $43 million, though an independent estimate places it at $58 million. A month later, co-founder Brad Bostic stepped down as company president, saying ChaCha no longer needed him for day-to-day operations. Bostic noted that the company had been struggling for profitability in the current global recession.

In July 2010, ChaCha Inc. was recognized as one of the “Hottest Companies in the Midwest” by Lead411.

In August 2011, ChaCha launched its text messaging-based service in the United Kingdom. That same month the company reported having answered over 1.7 billion questions.

On April 20, 2012, ChaCha shut down operations in the United Kingdom; the company stated the reason for ending UK operations was that "adoption rates for new price-competitive services are quite low in the UK."

On November 23, 2016, ChaCha discontinued the guide program due to having insufficient funds available. The owner moved to Hawaii and avoided paying employees the money they were due.

On December 12, 2016, ChaCha shut down operations due to declining advertising revenue, which left it unable to service its debt.« Source


Wikipedia: »Its name came from the Mandarin Chinese word cha (Chinese: pinyin: chá; Wade–Giles: ch'a), which means "to search."« Source

Critical points

Wikipedia: »ChaCha answered questions through the use of independent contractors called Guides. Guides were paid $0.02 per answer. The owner moved to Hawaii and refused to pay the Guides the money they were owed after shutting down the program without notice.« Source

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Other Sources

Fischerländer, Stefan (2006): – eine neuartige Suchmaschine. Online available at Suchmaschinentricks. URL:

Created: 2013-01-15