As part of its celebration of 25 years of Internet innovation
(actually the first registration of dotcom), VeriSign has now announced
the “.com 25”: a list of pioneering individuals and
companies honored for their contributions to the development of the
Internet. The .com 25 honorees, chosen by a group of technology and
business experts and commentators, including the likes of David
Kirkpatrick, Journalist and Author (The Facebook Effect) and co-founder
of Techonomy and Drew Schutte, Senior Vice President & Chief
Revenue Officer, Conde Nast Digital, reflect the dynamic evolution of
the consumer Internet in its first 25 years.
The .com 25 were selected from a group of 75 people and companies
nominated for the honor and then ratified by the judging panel composed
of business, media, academic and policy leaders. It must be remembered
that when this announcement was made in March, Dataquest
too conducted its own selection of top 25 dotcom personalities
who have helped shape up the Internet in the last 25 years. Dotcom
would not be what it is today without these early innovators who paved
the way for Internet.
With the official Versign list now out, it is interesting to note that
15 names are common in both the lists. The other 10 names in the
official Verisign list that did not feature in our Dataquest list
include Andy Grove, Apple (Steve Jobs), Baidu, Alibaba group,
Craigslist (Craig Newmark), eTrade, Infosys, Jim Clark, MySpace and
PayPal. (Check ).
On the other hand, the ten names from the Dataquest list that finally
did not make it to the official Verisign roster include MegWhitman
(ex-AOL CEO), Jimmy
Sanger (Wikipedia founders),
Caterina Fake/Stewart Butterfield (FlickR founders), Marc Benioff
(Salesforce.com founder), Lars Perkins (Picassa founder), Ray Tomlinson
(e-mail founder), Reid Hoffman (LinkedIn founder), Philip Rosedale
(Second Life founder), Jarkko Oikarinen (chat founder) and Jorn
Barger/Peter Merholz/Evan Williams (blog founders).
Would you agree with the names that are not common in both the lists?
Do you feel the official Verisign list is more comprehensive and covers
all facets of Internet evolution? Or if we go strictly by how dotcoms
influenced society, the Dataquest list is more appropriate?