What does 20 years of Internet Behavior Tell us about the future of online?

What does 20 years of Internet Behavior Tell us about the future of online?  A Startup Junkie shares some perspective by Rich Rygg: Entrepreneur, Angel investor and Product Guy.

About our speaker: Rich is an Entrepreneur, Angel investor, and Product Guy, with over 20 years of online experience, mainly consumer focused. He has been described as a creative manager who can see around corners. He has executed many strategic roadmaps to develop startups, new products, online communities, eCommerce initiatives and rich content experiences for premier brands. He opened the first office in Los Angeles for AOL and launched Digital City Los Angeles, a joint venture between AOL and Tribune. He held key executive positions at early Internet giant GeoCities managing all product and community assets through multiple rounds of VC financing and hyper growth. It became the third most popular website and the largest Internet community, released an IPO, and was acquired by Yahoo! for over $3 Billion. After moving to Silicon Valley he launched Yahoo! Websites and Yahoo! Domains, two of Yahoo’s most profitable ecommerce initiatives. Returning to Southern California he resides in South Pasadena and has founded or invested in over a dozen startups, producing both successes and failures. His most recent startup, HipGeo was a mobile multimedia platform financed by Morado Ventures a small investment fund of early Yahoo! employees. He is currently working on projects related to mobile shopping and telephony.

His skill set includes UX for both the web and mobile applications, lean start up methodology, cross functional management, strategic market fit, disruptive technology launches, gamification, viral growth, social media, fund raising, product management, business development, ecommerce, user generated and professionally published content.

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  • John C.

    At the Friday coffee meetup, Rich mentioned a company called Twitch that is providing live streaming/gamecasting services (i.e. watching others play video games). Here's a link to a LA Times article that came out yesterday about Twitch...http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-twitch-tv-20140525-story.html#page=1.

    In summary:

    1. Twitch is the largest live streaming site on the web.
    2. 45 million unique viewers per month
    3. 1 million unique Twitch broadcasters per month
    4. 13 billion minutes of live-streamed video watched per month
    5. 106 minutes of video watched per person per day.
    6. Rumored $1 billion offer from Youtube.

    I've never heard of this company before Rich mentioned it and it appears neither has most of the audience...however, just found out that my 14 year old son is a fan of this website. That sure makes me feel out of touch.

    1 · May 26, 2014

    • Augie H.

      Better get used to it. We've grown up watching and supporting professional sports. We go to baseball games. Watch football on TV. Talk about basketball around the water cooler.

      May 26, 2014

    • Augie H.

      Whats the real difference. Kids watch the best in the field exhibiting their stuff. And the numbers prove it. This is just the beginning.

      1 · May 26, 2014

  • Larry A.

    What we must remember is we can note the patterns that happened as we 'look back' on what happened and posit perhaps why things happened as they did.

    Its good to see how the landscape unfolded but we must remember that as we try to take advantage of the tools and views of our interactions today, we strive to create a world (even 25 year olds) from what we live in and then we try to build on that and eventually protect it since it works well for us. Some will be able to see the edges and horizon that is coming up and fewer will be able to interpret what it means or where it may take us. 1 - 9 - 90 rings true. Our brain gets comfortable with the familiar and what works now so keep your eyes on the 1 - 9 people, but pay attention to which ones you follow

    2 · May 24, 2014

  • Kevin M.

    This was a worthwhile talk with a solid nugget of wisdom at its core and consistently repeated through experience: in the tribal, non-hierarchical world of the Internet, people gravitate to those platforms that allow them to create, share and communicate. Pop.com failed because it tried to use an outdated top-down model that differentiated between creators and the audience. Online participants largely don't accept this distinction - they see creators as peers, and it was this insight that fueled YouTube's success, in the same way that Geocities had succeeded before it. (Though not mentioned in the talk, Valve (creators of the Steam platform) do much the same thing through their handling of the Team Fortress and DOTA2 communities.) The central message of the talk, as I saw it, was to craft your platform as a communication medium between its users; many-to-many, not as a one-to-many broadcast model, and accept that your success will come, not from you, but from its engaged users.

    2 · May 24, 2014

  • Sophia V.

    Great, very experienced speaker, loved having Rich share his wisdom with our members

    2 · May 23, 2014

  • Graeme M.

    An invaluable insight into the trends that drove the birthing of the online, "connected" world which permeates our daily lives, and how those trends are ever more relevant today & more so "tomorrow". Such an appreciation is critical to both the success of new online ventures & those that participate. Rich is clearly part of the "1" when it comes to the "1:9:90" rule.

    1 · May 23, 2014

  • Graeme M.

    A valuable insight into the origins of online activity & the business critical trends that are still the driving force of today's & "tomorrow's" online world.

    May 23, 2014

  • Graeme M.

    A valuable insight into the origins of online activity & the business critical trends that are still the driving force of today's & "tomorrow's" online world.

    May 23, 2014

  • Peter H.

    It's always good to be reminded of business truths. Rich reminded me about the "1-9-90 rule"- explaining how new ideas and technologies spread. My loose paraphrase- 1% embrace and drive the innovation, 9% use, adopt and spread the innovation, and 90% follow but get the benefit of the innovation. This has direct application to my startup, so thanks!

    On the other hand, I did NOT appreciate being reminded that I have also been around long enough to remember the Compuserve and AOL disks and 2400 BAUD modems... ;-)

    4 · May 23, 2014

  • andy w.

    Rich did a nice job on the retrospective of how the social web and how communities are built.

    May 23, 2014

  • Maryann C.

    I want to contribute to the growing interest in the simplicity of Math & Technology working together by contributing to the advancement of one-on-one proven scientific concepts as they apply to each of our personal identity, to generate a safe, healthy and happy life that can be attained in the "fast lane" of life, and that override any former preconceptions and erroneous thinking. My ability and concentrated research has been outside the medical community but their efforts now prove what I have been privileged to learn and experience over the last 30 years. The quality of creative and vital content of software directed to providing answers directed to our one-on-one personal development is the direction of the future. It can provide calculated and spontaneous answers in an exciting context --It's never been done before! I look forward to your interest.

    May 19, 2014

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