I can’t believe it took so long to happen but the Silicon Alley Insider has done a piece tracking the stars of Web 1.0. On the list are Todd Krizelman and Stephan Paternot, who I worked for in the late 90’s. It was a crazy time. New York was invincible. One of the sales people named her dog after the stock symbol (TGLO). We were hiring people by the hundreds. Bear Stearns was still around and did our IPO. It seems like a lifetime ago.
Before Facebook and Friendster, there was TheGlobe.com, started by Cornell juniors Todd Krizelman and Stephan Paternot in 1994. As the Internet bubble grew, the pair made history with the largest first-day gain of any IPO up until that date in November 1998. They became paper millionaires and made appearances on Oprah and Charlie Rose (see clip, particularly @8:50 for Krizelman’s prescient statement about social networking).
In many respects theglobe.com (and other sites like sixdegrees.com) were way ahead of their time. In some senses they invented blogging. We were so close to owning the space. If only we didn’t put up those damn annoying pop ups!
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