Here’s something to consider. While the pioneers of the Internet were gathered in New York City in 1996, for Internet World conference, Mark Zuckerberg was 12 years old. He, along with many of his now peers I expect, was a wide-eyed enthusiastic prepubescent school kid.
In 1996 I was lucky enough to have been involved in the Internet for over three years. I had done a couple of start-ups and had a small exit under my belt. So armed with my shiny new JVC mini-camcorder, a Palm Pilot 2 and bucket-loads of new ideas for my next Internet business, I left the UK on a world tour, to see what was going on outside Europe.
I’ve been digging through loads of mini DVs from that trip, and can see many similarities from that time to present day. The difference is, the then new Internet companies are now “Old Tech” companies, having been outpaced by today’s “New Tech” players, who are pioneering a whole new wave of Internet. I found John Gage’s keynote fascinating to watch. I’ve shared the first four minutes with you here.