Posted Sep 2, 2009

Above is a picture of Leonard Kleinrock, a Distinguished Professor at UCLA.  He is known as the “father of the Internet.”  He is best known for developing the concept of packet-switching, the premise behind how the Internet works.  He put this together when he was a graduate student at MIT.

On September 2, 1969 about 20 people had been sitting around at Kleinrock’s lab at UCLA to watch two computers pass data to each other through a 15 foot cable.  This is what led to the creation of ARPANET.  Stanford, UC Santa Barbara, and the University of Utah joined UCLA on the project by the end of the year.  Several years later, the Internet started growing at a rapid pace.  In the 1970’s, the TCP/IP protocols were introduced.  And then in the 1980’s, the term .com and .org was introduced.

In the 1990’s Tim Berners-Lee invented the world wide web, an Internet subset that made it simple to link websites to each other.  People around the world wanted to get their hands on the Internet by the 1990’s so they started signing up for services such as America Online, CompuServ, and Prodigy.  Even though the U.S. government had funded the early development of the Internet, they let the people run wild with the invention.

In the 1990’s Netscape had an IPO and technology sky-rocketed from there. Microsoft created their own browser and so did Apple. AOL ended up buying Time Warner and Netscape and has seen its valuation plummet since. Google bought 5% in AOL but ended up selling it off again. In the 2000’s websites like YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon.com, Yahoo, eBay and Wikipedia grew into prominence. And the rest is history.

Thank you Internet for allowing me to make money off of you.