Message from discussion 9/13 Yahoo @ Internet SIG Wed 7:30
From: s...@best.com (Sage Consulting)
Subject: 9/13 Yahoo @ Internet SIG Wed 7:30
organization: Software Forum
reply-to: s...@best.com (Sage Consulting)
Software Forum Internet Special Interest Group
(SEF Internet SIG)
Yahoo as a Guide to the Internet
Last month we had InfoSeek, an encyclopedia of the net. This month we
will hear Yahoo, the categorized Table of Contents of the net.
Yahoo is a guide to Internet resources. David Filo and Jerry Yang,
Ph.D. candidates in Electrical Engineering at Stanford University,
started the Yahoo guide in April 1994 as a way to keep track of their
personal interests on the Internet. Before long they found that their
home-brewed lists were becoming too long and unwieldy. Gradually they
began to spend more and more time on Yahoo.
During 1994 they converted Yahoo into a customized database designed
to serve the needs of the thousands of users that began to use the
service through the closely bound Internet community. They developed
customized software to help them efficiently locate, identify and edit
material stored on the Internet.
Due to its popularity the service needed to be moved off of the two
workstations at Stanford where it had been for it's first year of
operation. In early 1995 the service was moved to servers at Netscape
Communications. Several months later Sequoia Capital made an
investment in Yahoo to turn the former hobby into a business. Today
Yahoo consists of 15 employees at offices in Mountain View,
California. The original goal of making information on the Internet
easier to find is still the focus of the company.
Our speaker this month is one of the founders, David Filo.
David, 28, a native of Moss Bluff, La., co-created the Yahoo
online guide in April 1994, and took a leave of absence from Stanford
University's electrical engineering PhD program in April 1995 to
co-found Yahoo Inc. Filo received a BS in computer engineering from
Tulane University and a MS in electrical engineering from Stanford
The URL for Yahoo is:
Place: Sun Microsystems, Building 6,
2750 Coast Ave, Mountain View CA
101 North - take Amphitheatre Pkwy exit. Left at light
on Garcia. When almost to frontage road at 101, turn right
into drive way at Sun Bldg 1. Bldg 6 is right behind
building 1. If you get to Marina Way, or the frontage road
you have gone too far
101 South - take San Antonio towards the Bay. Turn right at
the first light on Bayshore. Turn left on the first street
Garcia. Turn left into the first Sun driveway marked
Building 1. Go down parking lot to Bld 6 on your right.
Date & Time: Wednesday, September 13, 1995, 7:30-9:00 p.m.
Cost: Free for SEF members; $10 for others.
Free for Sun badge holders
No reservation required
Information: Walter Schilling, 415/390-9477, walt...@svpal.org
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