Internet History Podcast
A History of the Internet Era from Netscape to the iPad
info_outline 185. Ripple's David Schwartz 12/10/2018
185. Ripple's David Schwartz David Schwartz is the Chief Technology Officer at Ripple, the company behind the cryptocurrency XRP. What is it like to start, build and build out a crypto startup? Is it different than the web and internet startups that we’ve covered on this show for years? What is Ripple? How is it unique in the crypto ecosystem? What is it trying to do for the world? All of this… and yes, why is crypto so tribal… and yes… where is the crypto space even at in this moment in time (December 9th, 2018, btw, for poste
info_outline 184. GV's Ken Norton 11/25/2018
184. GV's Ken Norton Ken Norton is a partner at GV, Alphabets venture capital arm, but before that, he was a product manager at Google, where he led the development of products like Google Docs, Google Calendar and Google Mobile Maps. But he was also early at JotSpot which became Google sites, was a product manager at Yahoo, was an early employee at CNET and was CTO of Snap, a company probably none of you have ever heard of but I’ve been dying to talk about for years. No. Not snapchat. The original Snap. The dotcom era snap.
info_outline 183. Selling the First Facebook Ads, With Matt Britton 11/11/2018
183. Selling the First Facebook Ads, With Matt Britton Matt Britton not only sold the first ads to and for Facebook, way back in 2004, he gives us a really insightful and, frankly, unbiased look at what Facebook was like as a company in its very earliest days.
info_outline 182. Google's Matt Cutts @mattcutts 10/28/2018
182. Google's Matt Cutts @mattcutts 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 give you the best, most behind-the-scenes oral history of early Google we've gotten so far on this podcast. He was the head of Google's web spam team for nearly 15 years. He's also the current head of the USDS, so if you what to know what YOU can do for your country—if you're in technology and you want to make the government work better—listen to this episode!
info_outline 179. On Silicon Graphics with John McCrea (Pt. 1) 09/17/2018
179. On Silicon Graphics with John McCrea (Pt. 1) 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. This is part one, mostly about Silicon Graphics, a company I had been thinking about doing an episode on for a while now, to really rejuvenate that company’s reputation, historically. For reasons that will be obvious when you listen.
info_outline 178. On Google's 20th Birthday - The History of Google 09/01/2018
178. On Google's 20th Birthday - The History of Google On Google's 20th Birthday (September 4th) a re-cutting and re-airing of my comprehensive history of Google, from it's inception through its IPO. Happy Birthday, Google!
info_outline 177. NandO.net with Fraser Van Asch 08/19/2018
177. NandO.net with Fraser Van Asch Nando.net was not only a very early experiment in bringing journalism to the web, it was also one of those local ISP's that flowered in the era of the early 1990s. Fraser Von Asch was not only one of the key players at The News & Observer (thus, "NandO") who brought the project to life, he is another person who has straddled the media industry between the print and digital eras and can give us some amazing insights into the transitions therein... or lack thereof.
info_outline 176. The Epic Fail of Digg V.4 With Will Larson 08/06/2018
176. The Epic Fail of Digg V.4 With Will Larson Digg was the earliest high flying startup in early social media. But then, other startups started to steal the limelight. Digg tried to keep up by launching Digg version 4. And… users hate it. Many people feel that the reason Reddit is Reddit today is because the Digg community fled their en-masse. Digg Version 4 has become legendary as a redesign so disruptive it can kill a company. So, what’s the real story? Today, we talk to Will Larson, who was a young engineer working on the launch of Digg version
info_outline 175. How the Internet Came to Pakistan With Imran Haider 07/22/2018
175. How the Internet Came to Pakistan With Imran Haider On this episode we're going to look at how the Internet came to—and is still in the process of coming to—Pakistan. Imran Haider is a listener to the show, works in the tech industry, and analyzes the south asian tech scene at his blog, arkito.co. Today, he tells us how the digital revolution came to Pakistan, how it's still in the process of rolling out.
info_outline 174. Bringing the NYTimes and MSNBC Online With Lisa Napoli 07/08/2018
174. Bringing the NYTimes and MSNBC Online With Lisa Napoli 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 right. But then she worked for a time at Delphi, which was an early online service and competitor to AOL and Prodigy that I don’t think we’ve covered much here before. And then she helped bring the NYTimes online with CyberTimes, which, as she said, is forgotten to history even by the New York Times. Then on to MSNBC, a crazy hybrid tech and media startup that I don’t think we’ve d
info_outline 173. Netscape's Rosanne Siino 06/24/2018
173. Netscape's Rosanne Siino Rosanne Siino has been on my list to talk to from day one of this podcast. As you know, I started by reaching out to Netscape folks and Rosanne was the head of communications for that very first dotcom company. She saw it all, she can give us her take on both the engineering side and the management side, since she was uniquely able to observe both. Rosanne and I were recently on a documentary series currently airing on A&E in the US, The Untold Story of the 90s. So, I reached out, and we recoded this fant
info_outline 172. How Politics Came to the Web With Karl Mattson 06/10/2018
172. How Politics Came to the Web With Karl Mattson 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 news websites, ElectionLine. He helped cover the 1996 election when covering an election on the web was a completely new thing. He then moved to AOL, helped run their news channels and has some amazing historical details about he era, especially the Clinton intern scandal.
info_outline 171. Claude Shannon, Father of Information Theory 05/27/2018
171. Claude Shannon, Father of Information Theory Claude Shannon was a mathematician, electrical engineer, and cryptographer known as "the father of information theory." In the pantheon of cool people who made the modern information era possible, he’s right up there. Today, we’re going to talk to the authors of a great biography of the man called A Mind At Play, How Claude Shannon Invented the Information Age. Especially you software engineers out there, if you don’t know who Claude Shannon was, get educated. You owe your livelihood to this man.
info_outline 170. The Godfather of Streaming Music, Robert Reid 05/13/2018
170. The Godfather of Streaming Music, Robert Reid Summary:
info_outline 169. Kottke.org's Jason Kottke, @jkottke 04/29/2018
169. Kottke.org's Jason Kottke, @jkottke 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 solo bloggers still going. If you know Kottke.org, then you love it. How could you not? If you’ve never heard of it, you can thank me later. This episode examines what it means to be a publisher on the web for 20 years as well as the discipline required to find cool stuff on the web every single day (almost).
info_outline 168. The History of Java With Todd Sundsted 04/15/2018
168. The History of Java With Todd Sundsted 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 Java. The argument can be made that Java helped the web evolve into what it’s become. So, that’s why I was thrilled to sit down with Todd Sundsted, who is a developer who has been working with Java for more than 20 years. Todd walks us through the history of Java and why it is so important to the web’s general evolution.
info_outline 167. NYTimes Tech Columnist, Farhad Manjoo @fmanjoo 04/01/2018
167. NYTimes Tech Columnist, Farhad Manjoo @fmanjoo Today, a man who needs no introduction: New York Times Technology Columnist Farhad Manjoo. This episode was recorded about two months or so ago, so we talk about the book leave Farhad is on that he only recently made public, but of course, we get into his whole career and his unique vantage point and views on the world of tech.
info_outline 166. Amazon, Hulu and Oculus with Eugene Wei 03/17/2018
166. Amazon, Hulu and Oculus with Eugene Wei 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 details on that company for the first time, and he also worked at Flipboard and Oculus, so we get some important context especially on the future of VR and the like. But the most fascinating stories you'll hear will be about Amazon, where Eugene was the first analyst in the strategic planning department. As you'll hear, Eugene had a unique perspective on Amazon's early
info_outline 165. Claire L. Evans, Author of Broad Band- The Untold Story of the Women Who Made the Internet 03/04/2018
165. Claire L. Evans, Author of Broad Band- The Untold Story of the Women Who Made the Internet Claire Evans is the author of the new book: Broad Band The Untold Story of the Women Who Made the Internet. This is the best tech history book I’ve read in a while and you know I read them all. Of special note, considering our 90s-heavy focus on this podcast, the book includes the stories of Word.com, which was a competitor to Feed.com (which we’ve previously covered) and Women.com which was a competitor to Ivillage (which, again, we’ve spoke at length about).
info_outline 164. How the Web Came to Germany, With Thomas Ganter 02/19/2018
164. How the Web Came to Germany, With Thomas Ganter Listener Thomas Ganter gives us a first person, anecdotal account of how the web came to Germany in the 1990s.
info_outline 163. The History of Online Video with JibJab's Gregg Spiridellis 02/05/2018
163. The History of Online Video with JibJab's Gregg Spiridellis Gregg Spiridellis has been making things go viral on the web since before the term VIRAL was even a thing. His company, JibJab has been producing web videos since the dialup dotcom era, producing hits you might remember such as Elf Yourself, Nasty Santa and This Land Is Your Land. JibJab has survived the dotcom bust, the coming of broadband, the coming of YouTube, the coming of social media and the mobile internet.
info_outline 162. Venrock's David Pakman on Apple's Music Group, N2K, eMusic and Dollar Shave Club 01/21/2018
162. Venrock's David Pakman on Apple's Music Group, N2K, eMusic and Dollar Shave Club David Pakman is a well respected venture capitalist at Venrock, but also a lifelong musician and music fan. Earlier in his career he played a significant role in bringing music to the web. David tells us about cofounding Apple’s Music Group, his role in facilitating the first digital sales of music online at dotcom-era companies N2K and MyPlay, and competing directly against iTunes when he was at eMusic. As a bonus, he gives us some background on the more recent founding story of Dollar Shave Club.
info_outline 161. Jeff Bussgang on Open Market and early eCommerce 01/08/2018
161. Jeff Bussgang on Open Market and early eCommerce It gets my goat that these days, the history of ecommerce begins and ends with Amazon. There were so many companies and big ideas that got us where we are today, and one of the most important companies was Open Market. Jeff Bussgang is here to tell us the (today) often overlooked story of the earliest days of trying to sell stuff on the web. Today, Jeff is a General Partner at Flybridge Capital Partners.
info_outline 160. Growing Up With The Web With Desiree Garcia @thedezzie 12/18/2017
160. Growing Up With The Web With Desiree Garcia @thedezzie An exploration of what it was like to come of age in the early web era.
info_outline 159. The Forgotten Story of PLATO, with Brian Dear 12/11/2017
159. The Forgotten Story of PLATO, with Brian Dear Plato was an online and interactive learning computer system developed in the 1960s at the University of Illinois. But in the early 1970s, Plato got truly networked, and the users took over. Plato had already pioneered such things as touch screen computing, but the kids introduced and pioneered concepts like forums, message boards, e-mail, chat rooms, instant messaging, multiplayer games and even emoticons/emojis were pioneered on the Plato system.
info_outline 158. Bob Stein of Voyager and The Criterion Collection 11/27/2017
158. Bob Stein of Voyager and The Criterion Collection Bob Stein was the founder of Voyager, publisher of the first consumer CDROM titles, and, far and away the leader of the CDROM industry in the late 1980s and early 90s. Bob was also one of the founders of the Criterion Collection, as well as the publisher of the first electronic books.