A thank-you letter to Carl Malamud

by Scott Hoffman on September 29, 2009

Dear Carl Malamud,

I wanted to thank you for getting me excited and passionate about the internet. My first exposure to understanding how the ‘net works, and the commercial possibilities was from you.

Way back in 1992, you where giving a lecture in Boston, discussing your new book, “Exploring the Internet, A Technical Travelogue.” After your speech, I rushed the stage, and like a rabid fan I asked you to sign the book. I still have that signed copy. I know that you will not remember me, I was just a wide eyed young man when I met you…

On the train ride from Boston back to New York City, where I live, I read the text of your book cover to cover. Shortly after that day I left my very safe career as a Network Television executive to go work for a small company called Yahoo. You helped set me on that path, and I am grateful.

Since that speech, I have been involved in the net in some way shape or form. It has been a wild ride, filled with fascination and wonder, success and failure…(more success than failure)

So Carl, many, many thanks!

Carl Malamud is a technologist, author, and public domain advocate, currently known for his foundation public.resource.org. He was the founder of the Internet Multicasting Service. During his time with this group, he was responsible for creating the first Internet radio station, for putting the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s EDGAR database on-line, and for creating the Internet 1996 World Exposition.

Here is video of Carl speaking at the Goverment 2.0 conference

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  • David K.

    Carl did the same thing for me. I didn't change jobs, but he woke me to the possibilities – he spoke here at the National Press Club and I got a copy of the book only to have it stolen from my desk!

  • http://www.cliqology.com Scott Hoffman

    Thanks David…I felt like a bit of a stalker writing that post, but I needed to say it. I ran across the book over the weekend and was compelled…

  • David K.

    Carl did the same thing for me. I didn't change jobs, but he woke me to the possibilities – he spoke here at the National Press Club and I got a copy of the book only to have it stolen from my desk!

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