Jesse Rasch

Chairman & CEO

Jesse Rasch is the co-founder and past Chairman & CEO of InQuent Technologies and WebHosting.com. InQuent provides private label hosting solutions to telecommunications customers including Bell Canada, KPN, Telecom New Zealand, PCCW, AT&T, Comcast, & Cox Communications. 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 in 2003. InQuent is now a subsidiary of Network Solutions.

Rasch is widely credited with establishing the wholesale web hosting market segment that is a significant component of the $30 billion annual web hosting market.

Rasch also co-founded VerticalScope in 2000, a media company that develops and acquires online media and community properties in various vertical markets. VerticalScope's targeted network of web properties is visited by over 50,000,000 people per month. VerticalScope's market leading automotive publishing division, the Modified Automotive Group, was acquired by Primedia in 2007.

In addition to his involvement in a number of charitable roundtables, Rasch is a proponent of venture philanthropy and is active in encouraging entrepreneurs to participate in strategic philanthropy. He established the Jesse & Julie Rasch Foundation in 2000 to invest in causes that reflect Rasch's broad charitable interests.

In 2001, Rasch was awarded 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, Computer World, Macleans, and on CBC, CTV, Global, City-TV, ROBTV, 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.

Articles

Read archived essays on Venture Philanthropy, Angel Investing, & Entrepreneurship by Jesse Rasch.

Interviews

Read an interview with Jesse Rasch on the Canadian perspective on the competition for IT talent, from the Heidrick & Struggles Leadership Opus.