Remembering Startup Culture and the Lessons Learned in Web 1.0

Left: the Logo that used to adorn the HQ building of Exodus is now displayed over my garage sink.

From 2000-2003 I experienced nearly a complete business cycle at Exodus Communications. EXDS was a high flying (5 splits in 12 months), then the fastest falling company in the valley, we went Chapter 11 (twice).

The beautiful towers on Mission College on 101 were built with Exodus paper stock money. These gorgeous towers are now occupied by Yahoo and EMC, in a selfish way, I still I have some ownership over them. I’m not too hung up over the physical aspect, because I still keep in touch with many of the friends I made there.

While the shine of Podtech and Social Media is in my eye, and the market is picking up, I want to remind myself to take a look at what I learned in Web 1.0.

I won’t lose the lessons from an important experience, I still remember Exodus and what it means to me.