September 7th, 1998

What’s significant about Sept 7th, ’98? That’s when Google was started. Check out this cnet article about year in search from 1999. Yahoo was king in the search business and they were doing it by hand categorization. Unbelievable! The article goes on to talk about opportunities in search. If you would have asked me in ’98 whether the search business was ripe for new opportunities, I would of laughed at the thought. The search wars were over just like the browser wars. Next war please! How wrong I was. Who would of thought a blank page with one text entry field and a go button could become king of search three years later? That’s the incredible thing about the Internet. Google.com works just as easily as yahoo.com in your browser. Maybe a lone startup still can change the world? That’s pretty cool.

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