Internet History Podcast

From Netscape To The iPad

An interactive history project, producing a book on the history of the internet era by crowdsourcing facts and first person accounts from listeners. Each podcast represents a new chapter focusing on some section of internet history

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Summary: Josh Marshall is one of the key people who brought blogging into the realm of serious, award winning and respectable journalism. The story of .... . .

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Summary: Well, as we say in this episode, he’ll always be known as the inventor of the hashtag, but Chris Messina has been central to .... . .

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Summary: Everyone knows Karen Wickre, because she’s one of those classic connectors. Once we finally got in touch, I wasn’t surprised to learn we knew .... . .

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Summary: Kevin Scott is the current Chief Technology Officer of Microsoft. We talk about his entire career, how being an academic seemed to be his .... . .

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Summary: Today we continue my efforts to preserve the history of the ISP industry. Today it feels like the Internet is simply all around us .... . .

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Summary: 20 years ago, the acclaimed documentarian Doug Block released a landmark film, Home Page. Doug’s documentary accidentally chronicled the birth of blogging, featuring several .... . .

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Summary: We’ve had a couple of people come on here to discuss how the New York Times got online, but the spiritual yin to their .... . .

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  Summary: We’ve had a couple of people come on here to discuss how the New York Times got online, but the spiritual yin to .... . .

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Summary: I said in the book, I think TheGlobe.com was the quintessential dot-com company. We spoke to one of the cofounders previously, Todd Krizelman. Todd .... . .

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Summary: David Schwartz is the Chief Technology Officer at Ripple, the company behind the cryptocurrency XRP. What is it like to start, build and build .... . .

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Summary: Ken Norton is a partner at GV, Alphabets venture capital arm, but before that, he was a product manager at Google, where he led .... . .

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Summary: Matt Britton not only sold the first ads to and for Facebook, way back in 2004, he gives us a really insightful and, frankly, .... . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 28 Oct 2018

Summary: I figure most of you should know who Matt Cutts is, but if you don’t, let’s just leave it at this: he’s about to .... . .

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Summary: The history of Craig Newmark, craigslist and other odds and ends that didn’t make the book! Listen: Listen Right Here On Web Listen on .... . .

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Summary: John McCrea is a Zelig-like personality who pops up in so many of the narratives we’ve already covered: Apple. Netscape. Doing battle with Microsoft. .... . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 06 Aug 2018

Summary: This story has gone down in Silicon Valley lore as the ultimate cautionary tale. Digg was the earliest high flying startup in early social .... . .

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Summary: Lisa Napoli got a job straight out of college at CNN in its earliest days, which is a crazy startup story in it’s own .... . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 24 Jun 2018

Summary: Rosanne Siino has been on my list to talk to from day one of this podcast. As you know, I started by reaching out .... . .

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Today we’re going to go back to take a look at early journalism on the web. Karl Mattson helped launched one of the first political .... . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 27 May 2018

Summary: Claude Shannon was a mathematician, electrical engineer, and cryptographer known as “the father of information theory.” In the pantheon of cool people who made .... . .

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Summary: Robert Reid, the founder of Rhapsody, can be considered the Godfather (founding father?) of the streaming music reality we now live in. But guess what? .... . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 29 Apr 2018

Summary: Jason Kottke, of kottke.org fame, was one of the early bloggers, one of the first bloggers to go pro, and one of the few .... . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 15 Apr 2018

Summary: People have been yelling at me for years that I’ve not covered more technical aspects of the web’s history, especially things like Java. Specifically .... . .

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Summary: Today, a man who needs no introduction: New York Times Technology Columnist Farhad Manjoo. This episode was recorded about two months or so ago, .... . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 17 Mar 2018

Summary: No joke, this is one of my favorite episodes we’ve ever done. Eugene Wei was an early employee at Hulu, so we get some .... . .

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Summary: Claire Evans is the author of the new book: Broad Band The Untold Story of the Women Who Made the Internet. This is the .... . .

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Summary: Gregg Spiridellis has been making things go viral on the web since before the term VIRAL was even a thing. His company, JibJab has .... . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 21 Jan 2018

Summary: David Pakman is a well respected venture capitalist at Venrock, but also a lifelong musician and music fan. Earlier in his career he played .... . .

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Summary: It gets my goat that these days, the history of ecommerce begins and ends with Amazon. There were so many companies and big ideas .... . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 10 Dec 2017

Summary: Plato was an online and interactive learning computer system developed in the 1960s at the University of Illinois. But in the early 1970s, Plato .... . .

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Summary: Bob Stein was the founder of Voyager, publisher of the first consumer CDROM titles, and, far and away the leader of the CDROM industry .... . .

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Summary: You might know him as Rob Malda, or you might know him as CmdrTaco, but he was the founder of the great geek social .... . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 30 Oct 2017

Summary: Dave Winer has been called the godfather of a lot of things. The godfather of blogging. The Godfather of Podcasting. One of the key .... . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 26 Oct 2017

What was the first text message ever sent? Who sent it and why? The first text message over SMS was sent by Neil Papworth on .... . .

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Summary: Nicole Laporte has a cover story in Fast Company magazine this month about Giphy, potentially the next big story in online advertising and marketing, .... . .

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Summary: Om Malik is, of course, a legend. One of the first journalists on the “tech beat” in the 1990s, one of the first bloggers to .... . .

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Summary: What is generally considered the worst merger of all time, and certainly the crescendo event of the dotcom bubble era, today we take a .... . .

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Summary: David Shen was employee #17 at Yahoo, where he eventually had a hand in, not only the birth of advertising as the primary business .... . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 14 Aug 2017

In this week’s episode of the podcast with early Facebook engineer Karel Baloun, we learn that around 2005/2006 Facebook considered launching a company mascot to .... . .

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Summary: Karel Baloun was the first senior software engineer hired at Facebook in 2005. This was after the Accel round of funding, when Facebook truly .... . .

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Summary: Just as last week’s episode posted, another great piece about SoundCloud was posted on Buzzfeed by the great Ryan Mac. So, in a rare .... . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 30 Jul 2017

Summary: Our friend Christina Warren is back for another analysis episode. Christina recently posted a tweetstorm about SoundCloud, and its prospects for the future. So .... . .

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Summary Don Melton is popularly known as the father of the Safari web browser or WebKit. He’s basically a web browser legend. Not only does .... . .

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Summary The first text message (or, to be accurate, SMS message) was sent on December 3, 1992. It was sent by Neil Papworth, and it .... . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 25 Jun 2017

Summary As promised, Mike Slade is back to tell stories from the period 1998 through 2004, when he was Special Assistant to Steve Jobs. Background .... . .

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Summary Finally! A detailed history of the development of the iPhone inside Apple. But not only that, an extensive history of all the technologies that .... . .

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Summary A lot of people give credit to Justin Hall for being, if not the first, then spiritually, at least, the “first” blogger. Since early .... . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 29 May 2017

Summary For several months now, I’ve been complaining on Twitter and a bunch of other places that, for as ubiquitous as Netflix streaming has become—I .... . .

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Summary Andy Rachleff was a co-founder of Benchmark, one of the most respected venture capital firms to this very day, and one of the biggest venture .... . .

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Summary Check out The Top Entrepreneurs Podcast here! Books recommended on this episode: Storming the Magic Kingdom Walt Disney Unconventional Success Say Everything The Wikipedia .... . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 24 Apr 2017

Summary The famous Google Chef, Charlie Ayers, remembers joining Google when it was about 50 employees, the company’s early growth, culture, and the unique role he played in .... . .

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Over at Kottke.org, the gentleman scholar Tim Carmody has been minding the store all week and is running an interesting experiment: .@kottke What are the best .... . .

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Summary If you know the Napster story at all, then you know about the Shawn(Sean)s. Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker. But in my opinion, and .... . .

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When Larry and Sergey first met, they didn’t like each other much. In the summer of 1995, Larry Page was considering a transfer to Stanford .... . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 26 Mar 2017

Summary During the dot-com era in the late 90s, there were four different venture-backed startups (six, depending on how you count) that focused on the .... . .

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Summary Before Snapchat Stories, before YouTube, in the dialup era of the 90s, there were a select few who were experimenting with streaming video and .... . .

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Summary Today’s episode is a special event, a crossover episode with the Acquired Podcast, which you can find in your podcast directory by searching for .... . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 26 Feb 2017

Summary Gary Flake has been involved with search technology ever since he got turned on to this particular field in college. In this wide-ranging discussion, .... . .

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Summary You all know MG Siegler. From TechCrunch’s most famous blogger to GV’s most affable venture capitalist, he has a lot to say about Apple, .... . .

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Summary Elizabeth Osder is one of those digital media veterans who’s career has spanned the entire web era, from bringing the New York Times online .... . .

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Summary Joe Schober was the longest serving employee of America Online, working there as an engineer, and later chief architect, from 1992 until just a .... . .

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Summary Michael March was the founder of Internet Direct, the first commercial ISP in Arizona. Michael gives us a first-hand account of the independent ISP .... . .

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Summary Would it surprise you to learn that 1800Flowers was not only one of the first ecommerce pioneers but quite possibly, the first to be profitable .... . .

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So… Three things: A widescreen iPod with touch controls. A revolutionary mobile phone. And a breakthrough internet communications device. An iPod… a phone… and an .... . .

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Summary: The background, root causes and rough outline of the dotcom bubble. How it happened, why it happened and why it’s unlikely to happen again .... . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 12 Dec 2016

Summary As most of you know, I’m busy writing a book that this podcast is partially source material for, and at the moment, I’m deep in .... . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 27 Nov 2016

Summary Sometimes you get to talk to your actual heroes. I’ve been reading Richard MacManus probably almost as long as he’s been writing on the web. .... . .

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Summary At the dawn of e-commerce, if Amazon.com staked a claim in books, and sites like CDNow staked a claim in music, then Reel.com should .... . .

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Summary If you’ll remember back to the chapter episode on the early search engines and Yahoo, I said that it’s hard to pin down exactly .... . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 31 Oct 2016

Summary Most of you know Chamath Palihapitiya as one of the most prominent and progressive venture capitalists working today. But before forming Social Capital, Chamath .... . .

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Summary Most of you will know Jason Calacanis from his many high profile endeavors such as his podcasts (especially This Week in Startups) his Launch .... . .

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Summary I missed it (I should really be keeping a calendar of these things) but Slate.com celebrated its 20th anniversary last month. If you’ll recall, .... . .

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