JAMES F. VOELKER assumed the role of Chairman and Chief Executive
Officer of InfoSpace, Inc., in December 2002. He had played an integral
role at InfoSpace since being named to the company's Board of Directors
in July 2002. Mr. Voelker has more than 20 years of experience running
and managing telecommunications and technology companies. He served as
President and Board Director of NEXTLINK Communications, Inc., now XO
Communications, where he was instrumental in developing the company
vision and guiding overall operations from inception in 1994 through
1998. At NEXTLINK, he directed strategic and operational initiatives and
was responsible for the development and execution of tactical plans and
organizational structures, recruiting employees and capital fundraising.
Prior to NEXTLINK, Mr. Voelker served as CEO and Board Director of U.S.
Signal where he successfully directed the merger and operation of
various entities into a single unit, which became the first full service
competitive local exchange carrier in the US. In addition, Mr. Voelker
serves as an advisor to Providence Equity Partners and Pivotal Partners. Profile
TWST: Would you begin with a brief historical sketch of InfoSpace and an
overview of things as they are now?
Mr. Voelker: The company got its start as one of the classic Internet