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Interview: Kent Lindstrom, Friendster CTO

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Friendster was launched in 2002 by Netscape alumni, Jonathan Abrams. The site is based upon the natural premise of friends connecting friends – or social (networked) clusters, as the academics like to call it. Since that time, the site has grown to over one million connected users, spawned fan and parody sites, and resulted in new romances, business contacts and friendships. Friendster’s CTO, Kent Lindstrom, was nice enough to answer a few of my questions: Why start Friendster? Our founder (Jonathan Abrams) wanted to meet his friend’s friend for dating,…read more

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Interview: Derek Sivers, CDBaby

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In 1998 Derek started CDBaby out of a simple apartment in New York, as a means to sell his own music online. Since that date, the site has sold over 500,000 CDs on behalf of the 44,000 artists represented. The operation in Portland, Oregon is second only to Amazon in the sale of independent music online. So we asked Derek a few questions: What got you started working with computers? A TRS-80 back in 1981. I even taught a class in BASIC computer programming at the local junior high school!…read more

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Interview: Daniel Chan, Daypop

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Daniel Chan is the founder of Daypop, a self-described “current events search engine.” Each day, the Daypop system scours a wide array of news websites, zines, and blogs to find the most popular story links, weblogs and memes. At the time of this interview, Daypop indexes over 59,000 sites daily. Daniel also runs the we::blog service and has fond memories of the TRS-80. Now for the interview… How did you get started in the land of computers and code? My first computer was a TRS-80 Color Computer. I begged my…read more

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