From Startup to $700 Million

Adding “… in 7 Days” to the title would have been catchy.   Not true, but catchy.  In fact, it was just over 5 years.  And, it was the 90s, the era of crazy Internet valuations.   So, before I tell my story, let me preface it by saying these were ridiculous figures based on the precipitous climb of the NASDAQ at the end of 1999 and a well-timed acquisition by a strategic buyer in early 2000.  Adding a disclaimer “RESULTS NOT TYPICAL.  INDIVIDUAL RESULTS MAY VARY” would be a gross understatement.