You’ve Got Mail

How I Built This: AOL [Steve Case] PODCAST

https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/national-public-radio/how-i-built-this/e/49632182?autoplay=true

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The creator of the American Online Inc. [AOL], Steve Case, sits down with Guy Raz to discuss how he created the first American Online social media network. AOL was created to connect users to one another over the Internet by means of email and instant messaging. This invention in the mid-80s shocked the US and became an instant sensation with users across the nation.

 

(5:00) A large part of PBL is learning from failure; many great innovators succeed after going through consistent failures. How did Steve Case fail during his first stint with a marketing company?

 

(6:20) As a millennial, It is hard to imagine life without connection to the Internet. Before AOL started, how many people were actually connected to the Internet and what was the average amount of time spent per week on the Internet?

 

(9:00) As this new addition to the Internet is being discussed, music begins to play in the background. Why do you think this music is being played and how does it make you feel?

 

(18:00) Why did Steve Case use the term “You’ve Got Mail” to symbolize the notification of when a user received a message from a different user?

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One thought on “You’ve Got Mail

  1. bsullivan35

    I did not know the long backstory of AOL. That side of his journey was impressive. It was also interesting how they partnered with so many other companies and found ways for people to sign up for AOL. You should also check-in with Mr. Healey about Steve Case because they went to the same high school.

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