Jesse Rasch is the co-founder and past Chairman & CEO of WebHosting.com and InQuent Technologies. InQuent provided private label hosting solutions to telecommunications customers including AT&T, Comcast, Cox Communications, Bell Canada, KPN, Telecom New Zealand, and PCCW-HKT. WebHosting.Com was one of the largest business web hosting companies in the world.
In 2000, Rasch sold InQuent and WebHosting.Com to AT&T. In 2002, Rasch orchestrated a management team acquisition of InQuent from AT&T. Rasch successfully sold InQuent once more; it was merged with Network Solutions and is now part of publicly traded web.com.
VerticalScope, which Rasch co-founded, develops and acquires digital media and community properties visited by over 120,000,000 people per month. Torstar acquired 56% of VerticalScope in 2015 transaction. VerticalScope's publishing division, the Modified Automotive Group, was previously acquired by KKR in 2007.
In partnership with Dr. Michael Greger, Rasch incubated and established NutritionFacts.org in 2010, a non-profit healthcare site which is now the preeminent, science-based resource for consumers and physicians to learn about plant-based nutrition. He established the Jesse & Julie Rasch Foundation in 2000 to invest in causes that reflect Rasch's broad charitable interests.
Rasch is a past recipient of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award.
He has been featured in Time Magazine, The Globe & Mail, Canadian Business, The National Post, Network World, Macleans, and on CBC, CTV, Global, City-TV, BNN, and many other print, televised, and radio media. He was a founding member of the Canadian E-Business Opportunities Roundtable, a joint private and public sector advisory group on e-business in Canada.
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