Jerry Yang

In 1995, I became fascinated with the new websites popping up during the early days of the Internet. One of them was http://akebono.stanford.edu/~yahoo. Created by two Stanford students, Dave Filo and an expat Taiwanese named Jerry Yang, the site was a directory of other websites, organized as a list of useful topics. It was meant for the students' friends, but everyone was hungry at that time for a guide that helped make sense of this chaotic new medium, so Yahoo! quickly became essential for all Web users. Soon we heard that America Online was interested in acquiring Yahoo! for a small...

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