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September 24, 1999

Enrique Salem

Dear Enrique;

I am pleased to confirm our offer of employment to you effective upon your
acceptance of this offer, for the position of Senior Vice President of
Technology and Operations reporting to me. Your official hiredate is October 1,

Ask Jeeves offers employees a competitive and comprehensive compensation and
benefits package. The following information outlines the terms and conditions of
our job offer.


Your starting annual salary will be $175,000, paid on a semi-monthly basis, in
accordance with the Company's normal payroll procedures.


You will be eligible to receive a lump sum bonus of $50,000 which will become
payable twelve months from your hire date. Details of the performance
measurements associated with this bonus will be presented to your within the
first 30 days of your employment and will be mutually agreed upon.


Subject to approval by our Board of Directors, you will be granted 275,000
options to purchase stock in the Company. Your options will vest over a
period of four years, with 25% of the shares vesting on the first anniversary
of your employment, and the remaining shares vesting in 36 equal monthly
installments thereafter, at the end of each month during which you remain an
active regular employee of Ask Jeeves. In addition, Ask Jeeves will guarantee
that after 18 months of employment, your package of stock options will have a
value of $1.2 MILLION. Should the value of your options be below $1.2
million, Ask Jeeves will pay you the difference between the value of the
options and $1.2 million in cash or Ask Jeeves' stock. You will be able to
determine the choice. This differential will be placed in an escrow account
and if at the end of 36 months your value in this stock options were $2
million or greater than the amount held in escrow, the funds would revert
back to Ask Jeeves. If the stock options have a value less than $2 million,
the escrow account will be released to you at that time.



Should Ask Jeeves terminate your employment within the first year due to change
of control, you will be entitled to immediately vest 12/48th of your stock
options or 6/48ths of the Options if termination is after 1 year from your hire
date. You will also receive 6 months of your base salary as severance not to
exceed $88,000.


Ask Jeeves will cover all related relocation expense up to a total amount of
$115,000. This will cover expenses such as temporary housing, moving and any
real estate expenses related to the purchase of a home in this area. In
addition, we will provide you with a monthly temporary housing allowance of
$5000 until you have moved into your permanent residence.

Ask Jeeves will issue you a secured loan of $1 million at current market rate.
The provisions of the loan is outlined:

     1.   Interest on loan for first 36 months will be accrued but not payable
          to Ask Jeeves during the first 36 months and will be added to the loan

     2.   You will begin paying interest on a current basis beginning on the
          37th month.

     3.   Entire loan balance and all outstanding interest will be payable at
          the end of 48 months.

     4.   Should your employment with Ask Jeeves terminate prior to the 48
          months, you will repay the entire loan and outstanding interest within
          6 months of your termination date.

     5.   The loan is to be secured by a trust deed on your home.


Enclosed is a summary of our current employee benefits. Information on our
Benefit plans will be provided to you upon acceptance of this offer.


It is the policy of Ask Jeeves that employment is "at-will." This means that if
you accept this offer of employment from Ask Jeeves, Ask Jeeves may terminate
your employment for any reason at any time, with or without notice, and with or
without cause. Similarly, you are free to resign at any time, for any reason or
for no reason. This offer is contingent upon your signing an Agreement of
At-Will Employment Status.


This letter, along with the Confidential Information and Invention Assignment
Agreement between you and the Company, sets for the terms of your employment
with the Company and supersedes any prior representations or agreements, whether
written or oral. This letter may not be modified or amended except by a written
agreement signed by the Company and by you.



I agree and accept the terms of this employment offer.

/s/ Enrique Salem                                 10/25/99
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Enrique Salem                                    Start Date