Some companies have people that have been around the Web for a long time. Trusted people who have seen a lot and gained from all the experiences.
We go back on the Web a long way, too. In fact, we go back to when the Web started, with a number of "we were there" moments along the way. One of the first 200 publicly listed websites in 1993, first Python meetup, bootstrapping board for the PSF and Plone Foundation, co-founder of Zope during $14M in VC funding, creator of the content framework for Zope, head of the Zope Foundation, creator of Pyramid...a few things here and there.
The timeline below is a tour of the decades and highlights.
First compiling a web browser
Sep 2, 1993, Paul's first archived appearance on the Internet. Asking a question about compiling a web browser and getting a response from Marc Andreesen.
First www-talk posting
First www-talk posting. Oct 1993, Paul's first discussion about running the www.navy.mil web server.
www.navy.mil mentioned publicly
Paul's www.navy.mil server first announced in November 1993. It appeared on the CERN listing of public websites, anecdotally in the first few hundred that appeared.
Paul published a W3C paper about Digital Creation's work on connection objects to web servers
Venture Capital Speeches
Paul's Funding The Perfect Beast presentation first given at a VC conference in downtown San Francisco, as well as at the WWW8 conference, Atlanta Linux Showcase, and other conferences. LWN said: Perhaps one of the best sessions of the show was Paul Everitt's talk entitled Funding the perfect beast: open source, venture capital, and intellectual property.
Cathedral and the Bazaar
Appeared in Eric Raymond's influential book on open source
First major Zope article
Linux Magazine, 1999, Gold Rush: Venture Capitalists Discover Linux
O'Reilly Network inaugural edition
Subject of O'Reilly Network inaugural edition's first ever interview. O'Reilly later became an investor.
8th International Python Confefence (Arlington, VA)
Chris, Paul, and Tres meet for the first time. The Zope track draws a huge large number of folks to the conference
Creation of CMF
Tres arrives at Digital Creations, makes first release of CMF, the content framework used by Plone.
Digital Creations closes $12M round
Signed the papers on the third round of investment
- PSF boostrappers
9th Intenational Python Conference (Long Beach, CA)
Tres chaired Zope track
First Plone Conference (New Orleans, LA)
Paul, Tres, and Chris attend, Paul gives "Product or Platform" talk.
- Tres elected Zope Foundation president
Pylons and repoze.bfg merge to form Pyramid
See the podcast in which Chris talks about the merger with lead Pylons framework developer, Ben Bangert.