A United Airlines Passenger Found a 'Forever' Travel Voucher From 1998. Here's How United Responded

Inc Startups

United literally isn't even the same company that it was back then. Best-Kept Travel Secrets


1998 -- 1999 are Calling and They Want their Wild Abandon Back!

Allen's Blog

But, reading this in a place like the FT (as opposed to (the long defunct) "Industry Standard", as well as "Upside", "Red Herring", "Wired") made the hair on the back of my neck stand up in alarm -- I thought I was having LSD flashbacks to 1998 - 1999, when statements like these (this one from today's FT) were thrown about with abandon: " Still, if you try to be rational, you are missing a big point in Mr Musk’s favour.

This Viral Jeff Bezos Meme Is the Perfect Metaphor for Amazon's World Domination

Inc Startups

Compare Bezos in 1998 and 2017 in these photos. The man has been working out, clear enough.

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I went to London and all I used was this stupid phone from 1998

Jeff Hilimire

I was in London over the weekend with my wife celebrating our 10 year anniversary.

The Road to Success: an Interview With Bill Gates and Warren Buffett

Inc Startups

In 1998, Bill Gates and Warren Buffett sat down to share some insights into what led to their success. Here are a few highlights


allensblog: Wall Street Rip-Off of LinkedIn

Allen's Blog

One saw this a lot in the 1998 - 2000 bubble: founding teams exulting at the fact that the first trade post-IPO was a huge "pop" over the offering price, as if it was a good thing. allensblog. Thoughts from a startup sherpa. Archives. Profile. Subscribe. « Starbucks, et al. Main. | Are We in a Bubble in the Internet Space? » May 31, 2011. Wall Street Rip-Off of LinkedIn.

The All You Can Eat 24-Hour Buffet: SXSW Interactive Kicks off


In 1998, the conference, then called SXSW Multimedia had a hard time gaining traction and took a backseat to the music and film conferences, said Hugh Forrest, executive director of SXSW Interactive. BY LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News South by Southwest Interactive didn’t always get a lot of respect.

Nailing It

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I saw dozens of pitches for what was essentially YouTube between 1998 and 2005. But when YouTube launched, it was pretty clear pretty quickly that they had nailed it and nobody else before them had.

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Rackspace Lays Off 6 Percent of its U.S. Workers


Founded in 1998, Rackspace is one of San Antonio’s largest technology companies with about 5,000 employees worldwide. Three months after its $4.3 billion acquisition by Apollo Global, Rackspace Tuesday announced it is cutting 6 percent of its U.S. workers. It has about 3,700 employees based at its headquarters at the former Windsor Park Mall in […] The post Rackspace Lays Off 6 Percent of its U.S. Workers appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin San Antonio

TextureMedia Gets Acquired by New York-based Ultra/Standard


TextureMedia, formerly known as NaturallyCurly.com, has raised about $2 million since its founding in 1998. TextureMedia, a hair care media company in Austin, got acquired Monday by Ultra/Standard, a multicultural hair care and beauty distribution company based in New York. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. It was one of the first investments made […] The post TextureMedia Gets Acquired by New York-based Ultra/Standard appeared first on SiliconHills.

I Have To Laugh by Mudhoney - It was 1998, well after the grunge.

Mark Birch

I Have To Laugh by Mudhoney - It was 1998, well after the grunge era had been dried up, spit out, and kicked to the curb by pop culture. America spoke up, and they wanted their Britney Spears and Nü Metal. So what does Mudhoney do? Release an album which goes straight back to their grunge roots. This probably did not make their label masters, Reprise, too happy, so they were promptly dropped from the label. Whatever. This album rocks.

Age of companies when they achieve $1bn valuations

The Equity Kicker

The fact that the trend has been going for some time – Google was founded in 1998 and Tesla and Facebook in 2003 and 2004 respectively – suggests that the bubble explanation can’t be the whole story.

Austin-based Silicon Labs Buys Telegesis of the U.K. for $20 million


Telegesis, founded in 1998 in High Wycombe, England, outside of London, uses Silicon Labs’ ZigBee technology in its smart meters, USB adapters and other products.

In a World Divided by Hate and Uncertainty, Space Might Be the Only Place People Get Along

Inc Startups

Astronauts from 15 countries continue to expand the International Space Station since it was first put into orbit in 1998. Massimino says society can learn from this continue international cooperation


I miss 1998. I miss 2006. Separated by 8 years means that 2014 could hold the next evolution of tech startups.

Steve Poland

I want to feel like 1998 again, when I was excited for my Red Herring and Business 2.0 Tweet Just read this article: The Jig Is Up: Time to Get Past Facebook and Invent a New Future. It is an excellent article and he conveys what I have been feeling for a couple years now, since Arrington was on his last legs at TechCrunch. I have been bored by the whole scene. magazines to come in the mail to see what future was being built by kids in some distant city.

The Darwinian Evolution of Startup Hubs

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

1995) and eBay (1995), which begat Google (1998) and PayPal (1998), which begat YouTube (2005), Facebook (2004), and LinkedIn (2003) which begat Twitter (2006) and Zynga (2007), which begat Square (2010), Dropbox (2008), and many more. This weekend finds NYC in between Internet Week (which I largely missed because of my London trip) and Disrupt NYC (which I will be at on and off this coming week). So the development of NYC as a startup hub is very much on my mind.

Project: The Story of Jeff Bezos' $250,000 Investment into Google in 1998

Growthink Blog

After my column a few months ago regarding Jeff Bezos' now famous (and incredibly profitable) investment into Google in 1998, I was deluged with comments and opinions on this question - was his investment luck or was it foresight? The backdrop again: In 1998 when Larry Page’s and Sergey Brin’s Google offices were a Menlo Park, California garage - Bezos invested $250,000 of personal funds into the fledgling search engine. Remember this was 1998 not 1994.


Facebook Helps Me Be Proud of My Dad In The Morning

Feld Thoughts

I remember the 1998 Orlando meeting and talking to him about it. Facebook can be a magical thing. I’m often frustrated about how to engage with it (I’m more of a Twitter person) but every now and then something happens that reminds me how awesome Facebook can be.

Why Pioneers Have Arrows In Their Backs

Steve Blank

The irony is that in a retrospective paper ten years later (1998), [ 2 ] the authors backed off from their claims. In 1998 Goto.com , a small startup (later Overture, now part of Yahoo ! ), created the pay per click search engine and advertising system and demo’d it at the TED conference.

What If Web And Mobile Apps Are Like TV Shows?

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Digtal Equipment Corporation was founded in 1957 and shuttered in 1998. I was having lunch with a veteran of the entertainment and the video game business this past week. It was an interesting and wide ranging chat. One of the things we discussed that stuck in my mind was the thought that web and mobile apps might behave more like TV shows than traditional software applications. I've watched my kids go from myspace to facebook to instagram over the past seven years.

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Reblog: VC Cliché of the Week

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Are we in 1998 as Caterina suggests and have another year or two before the good times end? Back in the early days of this blog I had a series called VC Cliche Of The Week. I’m not sure how long I ran it but I did eventually run out of material and phased it out.

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Book: No Better Time

Feld Thoughts

They entered, but didn’t win, the MIT $50K competition in 1998. I’ve been reading a lot lately. On an almost daily basis, someone out in the world sends me a physical book, which I love. While I have something like 500 unread books on my Kindle, I still love laying on the couch reading a physical book. So the stacks of books that show up keep me company and I chomp through them whenever I need a break from everything else.

New Dawn of NYC Startups

Mark Birch

It reminds me of DoubleClick when they went public back in 1998 and eventually sold to Google some years later. Gurley has in the past noted that New York needs an “iconic” IPO, and that the city struggled to produce one, which he had attributed to a conservative attitude among entrepreneurs in the city. Big IPOs, like Etsy’s, “can be infectious,” Mr. Gurley said in a recent interview. Etsy’s IPO Is a Milestone for New York’s Startup Scene.

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Software startups: Beware ‘magic’ bullets

The Equity Kicker

The term ‘pre-chasm’ is a nod to Geoffrey Moore’s 1998 classic Crossing the Chasm and refers to companies that may have sold to early adopters, but haven’t yet found a way to sell to the mainstream. I just read ‘Need More Time’? Guideposts For Tech Founders Going To Market When No Market Exists which is full of great tips for what they call ‘pre-chasm’ enterprise startups.

Impact of Mobile Everything

Allen's Blog

Mobile, today, feels like online advertising did in 1998: a very big development, but very early in the game, and only poorly understood. I had a busy week of meetings with a bunch of different companies this week, but, in reflecting on them, an important common theme emerges: the impact of powerful mobile devices on, literally, everything.

How Wine.com Came to Dominate its Market

Inc Startups

Since Mike Osborn founded Wine.com in 1998, he tackled a complex web of state-by-state regulations, and effectively shut out competitors. Wine.com sales were $60 million in 2011

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A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Kozmo pioneered the idea of same hour delivery in 1998, fifteen years before its time. Yesterday was a bright sunny day on the east end of long island. So the Gotham Gal wanted a hat to shield the sun from her face and pulled out this gem from one of our closets.

Book: Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt

Feld Thoughts

In 1998, when I started ending up with lots of shares in public Internet companies, I came up with a formulaic approach for any public equities that are distributed to me (either from our funds or other VC funds). And, for the last category (the shares I own personally), I still use the long-term formulaic approach I came up with in 1998. A cliche I’ve heard many times is “Wall Street Always Wins.”

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Protecting The Safe Harbors Of The DMCA And Protecting Jobs

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

It received unanimous support in the Senate and was signed into law by President Clinton in 1998. My partner Brad and I spent Thursday in DC along with a bunch of entrepreneurs and VCs. We talked to dozens of our elected officials about an issue that is very concerning to us, protecting the safe harbors of the DMCA.    The DMCA is the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

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Silicon Valley Is Still Best Place to Build a Startup But…

Hunter Walker

When I got out to Stanford in 1998 it was still the dawn of the consumer commercial internet. I’m an unabashedly pro-Silicon Valley homer. 12 of Homebrew’s first 17 investments are based here (four in NYC and one in Salt Lake City), attended grad school at Stanford and coming up on Year 18 living in the Bay. Midway through my career, this is where I want to be and if I was just starting out, it would probably be the same story.

The five roles of a startup CEO from founder to leading an IPO

The Equity Kicker

Gail Goodman, the founder and CEO of Constant Contact , which provides online marketing services to small businesses and has grown to some $285 million in annual revenue since it was founded in 1998 put it like this: being relentless in your perseverance can eventually become an obstacle to change … Every founder [eventually] needs to face two ugly truths.

The Right to Remember

Andrew Payne

The Court of Justice of the EU ruled Google had to remove search results linking to a 1998 newspaper article about the foreclosure of his home (due to unpaid debts he later paid). Earlier this year, Mario Costeja-González won the right to be forgotten. In the ultimate irony, he’s now permanently and wide remembered for precisely what he wanted everyone to forget (the Streisand Effect ).

Gust Blog - Thoughts on startups by investors that fund them


And in January I saw that digital music overtook physical media for the first time in 2011, something I expected since 1998. I bought the Diamond Rio mp3 player in 1998. Thoughts on startups by investors that fund them & entrepreneurs that run them. Subscribe by email. RSS Feed.

The Rise of Chinese Venture Capital – (Part 3 of 5)

Steve Blank

But it wasn’t until 1998 that corporate-backed VC firms could be established, and that started a wave of VC funds backed by government, corporate and foreign capital.

Technology predictions

Chris Dixon

Google: 1998. For those of us in the prediction business, it’s sometimes useful to go back and read past predictions to try to discern patterns in what they got right and wrong. Back in the early 90s, a lot of people thought the Internet was overhyped. Here’s one example from Newsweek: Do our computer pundits lack all common sense?

Will Catch Media be the iTunes for the Android Phone?

VC Cafe

Yaacov previously founded PictureVision, a start up sold to Kodak in 1998 for $150 million. L ast year, Eric Schmidt has promised to buy a start up a month as Google re-kindles its M&A activities.

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First at last: Earnhardt's lone 500 victory still resonates

Winston-Salem Journal State/Region News

Earnhardt had achieved about all there was to do in NASCAR by 1998, including a record-tying seven Cup Series DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) AP) — Dale Earnhardt was NASCAR's "Intimidator," winning his first Cup championship in only his second full season.


Why The Movie Industry Can’t Innovate and the Result is SOPA

Steve Blank

1998 – the MPAA got congress to pass the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), making it illegal for you to make a digital copy of a DVD that you actually purchased. This year the movie industry made $30 billion (1/3 in the U.S. from box-office revenue. But the total movie industry revenue was $87 billion. Where did the other $57 billion come from?

5 Questions For a New CEO: Raj Choudhury, BLiNQ Media

Jeff Hilimire

I became an entrepreneur in November of 1998 with my college roommate, Raj Choudhury. Raj and I worked together from 1998 until last August, when Engauge was sold to Publicis and I left to start Dragon Army. This is the eleventh installment of my “5 Questions for a CEO” series.

Today, we sold Engauge

Jeff Hilimire

For me its very exciting to see two Atlanta startups from “back in the day” finally getting together (Moxie was founded by Kris Zagoria in 2000 and Spunlogic, acquired by Engauge in 2008, was started by Raj and me back in 1998).