Sunday, August 22, 2010

Lycos from 13 billions (2001) to 36 millions (2010)

Lycos has been sold once again, from 13 billions back in 2001 down to 36 millions in 2010. Lycos was probably the first search engine ever. I started playing with search engines back in 1994, with `pursuit` the CMU open source code, later on evolved into the Lycos code.

Technology was really good at that time, but people belived that "You cannot make money with search" or "Search is nothing, Portal is the future". Later on this became "You cannot compete with Google, you need to make something different".

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