As the time of this (updated) writing, I am honored to be a 2016 TED Resident. My TED Talk from summer 2016 is further down this page.
Further update: A book loosely based on these podcasts will be coming out in Spring 2018. It is currently titled HOW THE INTERNET HAPPENED, and will be published by Liveright, a subsidiary of W.W. Norton.
Arsenal fan. Gator fan. England fan. In that order.
Co-Founder of a startup baby human named Penelope.
Further, further update: My wife and I launched Maxwell out of beta in 2016.
You can follow me on twitter at @brianmcc
The twitter feed for this podcast is @nethistorypod so follow there for show updates and whatnot.
Two things inspired me to start this project:
First, I still dabble in angel investing, so I attend a lot of tech meetups and various events like that, largely in NYC. These days, the startup founders you meet are 10 years (or more) younger than me. Over the last few years, I’ve had more than a few conversations wherein a young entrepreneur will say to me, “Wow. You were around in the dot com days? What was that like?” Yes. It makes you feel old. But then I remember, Facebook was founded 10 years ago, and these guys and gals were still in middle school at that point. So, I kinda want this project to be a much overdo summation for the up-and-comers to our industry that explains how we got here.
Second, how many times does this happen to you: you go home for holidays and get asked by family members, “What is this new app I keep hearing about? Do I need to be on it?” At the risk of sounding pedantic, not everyone reads Techmeme every day. And yet, the computers in our pockets and the companies and technologies of the last 20 years have revolutionized all of our lives.
In short, I’m doing this research and posting these podcasts for two audiences: 1) The 14 year old programmer who is just coming up but didn’t live through all this. This project is an effort to tell her the history and catch her up. And 2) My Dad. To explain why the computer in his pocket is more powerful than anything involved in the moon landing and how it is Facebook lets him know in real time what his college roommate had for lunch today.