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Flashback to 1995: Yahoo, the startup (video)

CNET interviewed co-founders Jerry Yang and David Filo in October 1995 when Yahoo was taking off as the coolest destination on the web.


Now that Verizon is officially buying past-its-prime Yahoo for $4.83 billion, we figured it was time to dig up some vintage footage of a time when Yahoo was the coolest kid on the web.

In fall 1995, Yahoo was just a tiny, unprofitable startup run by former Stanford University Ph.D. students Jerry Yang and David Filo. CNET Central reporter Desmond Crisis interviewed the dot-com entrepreneurs when the site was only 18 months old. They had just changed its name to Yahoo from "Jerry and David's Guide to the World Wide Web."

At the time, Yang associated Yahoo with "fun, discovery and finding information." They talked about how Yahoo got its quirky name, their goals for the business and how it was keeping up with hyper-growth. Yang showed CNET the backbone of the operation and boasted that the company runs on 10 computers.

Also of note, what Yang and Filo saw as the future of Yahoo. We're pretty sure, it wasn't a buyout 20-some years later by wireless giant Verizon.

If you're yearning for the early days of the dot-com boom, this is a fun trip.

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