206 episodes

A History of the Internet Era from Netscape to the iPad

Internet History Podcast Brian McCullough

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 352 Ratings

A History of the Internet Era from Netscape to the iPad

    203. Shirish Nadkarni On Microsoft, Hotmail, MSN and Blackberry Internet Email

    203. Shirish Nadkarni On Microsoft, Hotmail, MSN and Blackberry Internet Email

    Serial entrepreneur Shirish Nadkarni came to the U.S. as a teenager with $25 in his pocket. After graduating from Harvard Business School, he worked at Microsoft where he engineered the $400 million acquisition of Hotmail and launched MSN.com, the world’s leading web portal.



    Striking out on his own in 1999 at the height of the dot-com boom, he founded TeamOn Systems, an early pioneer of mobile email that was later acquired by BlackBerry before becoming BlackBerry Internet Email servicing over 50 million users at its peak.



    His great new book is: From Startup to Exit: An Insider's Guide to Launching and Scaling Your Tech Business

    • 34 min
    202. The del.icio.us Story With Joshua Schachter

    202. The del.icio.us Story With Joshua Schachter

    Joshua Schachter, founder of del.icio.us, is someone I’ve wanted to talk to from the very first day of this podcast. As we’ll discuss, del.icio.us was such a standard bearer of the web 2.0 era. Of user generated content. Of sharing long before Facebook or Twitter or any of that. If my email chain is to be believed, this episode has been four years in the making, and I’m glad Josh and I found the time to do this episode and bring the podcast back.




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    • 1 hr
    201. The History of Audible With Angelika Fuellemann

    201. The History of Audible With Angelika Fuellemann

    Angelika Fuellemann is a designer who worked early on with BookSense.com, then got hired by Audible early on, so this is the early story of Audible. It’s funny… audio, streaming music, podcasts, audiobooks, it seems so obvious now, but it really is funny to look back and think about how off the wall this seamed before the smartphone. You mean books on tape will be a thing? 

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    • 25 min
    200. Professional Blogging Pioneer Josh Marshall

    200. Professional Blogging Pioneer Josh Marshall

    Josh Marshall is one of the key people who brought blogging into the realm of serious, award winning and respectable journalism. The story of his blog/publication, Talking Points Memo, or TPM is the story of blogging becoming legit and serious, but also the story of modern media over the last 20 years of digital disruption.

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    • 1 hr 16 min
    199. Is Tech Making Us- Bored, Lonely, Angry, Stupid?

    199. Is Tech Making Us- Bored, Lonely, Angry, Stupid?

    Is technology really rotting our brains, destroying our society... or is that what everyone has always worried about with every technological advance, going back to tv, or telephones, or even writing letters? The new book, Bored, Lonely, Angry, Stupid: Changing Feelings about Technology, from the Telegraph to Twitter tries to look at this question from a historical perspective. Is it really different this time? But more importantly... to what degree has technological change impacted how we think of things, and vice-versa.




    My thanks to the authors, Luke Fernandez and Susan J. Matt.

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    • 39 min
    198. Inventor of the Hashtag, Chris Messina

    198. Inventor of the Hashtag, Chris Messina

    Well, as we say in this episode, he’ll always be known as the inventor of the hashtag, but Chris Messina has been central to so many things in tech over the last 20 years or so. Helped Mozilla launch Firefox. Founded BarCamp where so much Web 2.0 goodness happened and was launched. Cofounded the first co-working space in San Francisco. Helped Google try to grok social with Google+. Oh, and that hashtag business.

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    • 1 hr 15 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
352 Ratings

352 Ratings

Bwv878 ,

A great source of insider insights

The podcast is absolutely fascinating. It’s a great source of insider insights for anyone interested, not only in internet history, but in business in general. It’s one of the hidden gems of podcasts.

Spark Kent ,

Historically inaccurate

This podcast is heavily biased, and feels like purposeful PR for the figures discussed. In episode 1 Host credits Andreesen with creating the VC blueprint that had been in play in Silicon Valley for about 50 years by the time Andreesen came along.

In episode 2 the host credits James Clark as being "prescient regarding the internet", but he cites a quote from Clark that is rehashing a Marshall McLuhan quote from 30+ years prior.

All told, there is probably good info in here because there are a lot of episodes. But it doesn't seem anywhere close to honest or accurate, it feels like someone starts with the intent of creating a favorable depiction of Silicon Valley people who are obsessed with self-mythologizing💁🏻‍♂️

PubMan ,

Started listening due to Bitcoin

I wanted to learn more about the history and workings of bitcoin and found this podcast. The guys are great to listen to. They are funny, able to present to laypeople, but are very informative.
Highly recommend!

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