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How GeoCities Invented the Internet

A garish collection of home pages paved the way for blogging, social networks, and the rest of Web 2.0.

By Farhad Manjoo

On Monday, Yahoo put GeoCities out of its misery, shutting down the last remaining pages on one of the Web's original site-hosting services. It was an ignominious end—and some would say a fitting one. Yahoo's $3.5 billion purchase of GeoCities in 1999 has been called one of the worst Internet acquisitions of all time. After all, just look at those pages! Brimming with blinking, moving, garishly colored text and animated dancing cats, GeoCities made MySpace look like a bastion of elegance and restraint. Indeed, the surprising thing about GeoCities' closure was that it was still around. One of the fastest-growing sites in the 1990s—at the time of the Yahoo purchase, it was the third-most-visited property on the Web—GeoCities hit hard times after the merger. Eventually, the "home page" fad was surpassed by blogs and social-networking sites—and the fact that you'd once set up a GeoCities page became an embarrassing confession rather than a sign of your early-adopter savvy.

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blog-neweyes.jpgJust as living life takes two people, doing a startup I found is no different.   I've researched and found out there is a phenomenon happening with startups... it takes two as well!!    We're talking about people who are more than capable of doing it themselves found out it's easier certainly but almost necessary to have a partner.

I too ran into this problem.   I am a jack of all trade mastering none of course, capable of doing it all by myself and for some things, I have.   But I have this urge to have a sounding board, a partner who can think, act, execute as if they were my clone.    Or better, a compliment of skillsets but with core foundation and values mostly same.

Here is a quick list of founder and  co-founder of some of the most popular companies:

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News Cellar - Startup / Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneur helps others turn their ideas into small businesses

By Kim Mikus | Daily Herald Columnist
10/15/2007 10:52 PM

frankdobner.jpgFrank Dobner of North Aurora operates The Startup Source to help clients form small businesses.

If you're considering starting a small business, Frank Dobner can help get it off the ground.

Dobner operates The Startup Source, a firm that assists entrepreneurs with a variety of tasks involved in creating a business. Working in the business planning field for 22 years, he focuses on everything from creating a business plan to forming an e-commerce Web site.

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News Cellar - Startup / Entrepreneurship

Cultivating the art of the seemingly impossible

November 12, 2007

The co-founder and past chairman of Apax Partners on private equity and what makes a successful entrepreneur

My first exposure to entrepreneurship and private equity was at business school, when I was in my early twenties, and I came back from the United States to establish Apax in Europe in 1972.

It’s hard to believe today, but when you look back to 1972 these were times where Britain had three million unemployed, was viewed as the sick man of Europe and trade union relations were at an all-time low, with a three-day week because of coal and electricity shortages.

It was already obvious in those days that large companies were going to go through a restructuring that would require them to lay off people. There was a threat that American large companies would overtake European ones. A book written at the time by Jean-Jacques Servan-Schreiber, The American Challenge, basically pointed to the threat that Europe would be dominated by America.

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