CNET Video Vault: When Yahoo was a startup in 1995
Yahoo started in April of 1994 as a hobby of two Stanford PhD students, David Filo and Jerry Yang.
A lot of people they associate a lot of fun, discovery, finding information.
That's what Yahoo's all about.
So, this is what you guys do all the time or what?
This is it, yeah, this is the recreational, well it's really stress relieving.
So how did you guys come up with Yahoo?
Where did this come from?
Well it used to be called Jerry and Dave's Guide to the Web and that was pretty boring so
One day we decided to accomplish something that was interesting.
But we consider ourselves couple of Yahoos.
And it was pretty fitting to I think designing the Internet in general.
But here we're right in the middle of Yahoo, what drives
How fat of a connection have you guys got?
Well we just installed a T3 which is 45 megabits.
We're not gonna use all of it.
We're sharing with somebody else, but we're probably gonna take a big chunk of that.
It's fairly unimpressive as far as space is concerned.
Most people think it's gonna be a huge space with all kinds of computers stuff.
But maybe 10 computers are doing all the work here.
Recently over the last week we we're getting over like 6 million files transferred a day.
Today we're adding
Between 500 and a thousand sites a day.
This rapid expansion, did this catch you guys by surprise while you were at Stanford.
Well we certainly never thought we'd be at this point.
When you find a site, how do you decide if one is cool?
If we find something as we're writing these, that really
Catches our eye and it's interesting.
We think that other people will think is really interesting.
Then we designate that as what's cool.
Here's bugwatch, which has.
Okay, there's bugwatch for all you entomology freaks.
And RoboCut for all you fans of the mighty Flowbee.
Committed in keeping the service free, David and Jerry have yet to make a profit.
But to pay the bill, they've taken on a few sponsors.
Kinda like Yellow Pages.
When you go to the Yellow Pages, you don't really mind seeing the adds that are in there.
That's how advertising is I think it's more useful to the user.
Do you need interns?
We need people pretty much in every thing you can imagine.
What is the future for Yahoo?
Well, I think what's gonna happen is we're gonna really have to stay on top of the internet, cuz it's gonna change really fast.
What's really important to us is our brand, is our recognition.
We want people to associate a lot of fun, discovery, finding information, that's what Yahoo's all about.