7 billion lives

7 Billion ActionsIf there’s one thing that can be said about this highly connected world that we – as members of the “developed countries” – live in it is that technology has afforded us the ability to “shrink” the planet.  As recently as 20 years ago a comparatively small number of people had email addresses or used the Internet and the Web as we know it was non-existent.  If you wanted knowledge you went to a library and if you were in search of news you could pick up a newspaper or watch your local newscast.  Today there are seemingly limitless options for understanding what is going on in far flung places like Tuvalu, Malta, or Palau.  Additionally, we have a higher degree of exposure to the terrible plights that face many people in the “developing countries” such as civil war, drought, famine, and disease. Continue reading

Happy anniversary: one to over 266 million in just 20 short years

Happy anniversary: one to over 266 million in just 20 short years || “20 Years Ago Today: The First Website Is Published” http://ow.ly/5XIsS

I’ve spent my entire career in Internet-related businesses and some might say (none more than me) that I’ve been lucky to have started my professional life in the early 1990s when the “commercial Internet” (i.e., following the birth of the World Wide Web).  It is truly incredible to think that if it were not for a small handful of inspired individuals there might not be an Internet as we know it today.  A special thanks to Sir Tim Berners-Lee for creating the first website, as well as David Thompson, Marc Andreessen, and Eric Bina at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) for creating the first mainstream web browser – Mosaic.

Thanks for everything guys.