Jonathan Abrams, Founder of Friendster

Jonathan Abrams, Founder of Friendster
Jonathan Abrams

Friendster was built by Jonathan Abrams in 2002, Friendster has become part of the lifestyle of modern society. With a range of facilities it offers, not less than 50 million people in the world has become a member of the social networking website.

Social networking website that pioneered Abrams in Mountain View, California, USA. Friendster was the presence of a surprising phenomenon. Without fanfare promotion, his presence immediately received a warm welcome from the lovers of the virtual world. In an instant, millions has widened its members.

Not only that, Friendster also has rake raise about 14 million U.S. dollars of venture capital and internet players heavyweights, like former Yahoo CEO Tim Koogle, former CEO of Paypal, Peter Thiel; and former vice president of, Ram Shriram.

Nearly two years Friendster rampant as the biggest social networking sites. However, according to Nielsen Online, in 2004 a similar site, MySpace, Friendster managed to overtake the dominance of the number of members. Friendster now have to contend with a number of sites that offer similar facilities, such as Windows Lives Spaces, Yahoo! 360 and Facebook.

Friendster also had glimpsed the greatness of Google, which menawarnya worth 30 million U.S. dollars. Namu offer was later canceled Google. In 2003, Friendster also received funding from Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers and Benchmark Capital and its value is estimated at 53 million U.S. dollars.

For Abrams, Friendster is a lucrative business vehicle. Because Friendster can also attract a fee for the special facilities it offers. Friendster had heard the quote will be charged for special services for 9.95 U.S. dollars per month, although later failed. Just imagine if there is 10% of the 50 million members that an advanced specialized members, then Friendster can be pocketed hundreds of millions of dollars per month.

After two years at the helm and raise Freindster, in April 2004 Abrams withdrew from Friendster Inc. CEO. He has been replaced Tim Koogle who is also President and CEO of Yahoo!.

Friendster Time magazine bestowed the title of "Coolest Inventions of 2003". In the same year Abrams has been named "Breakout Star of 2003" by the Entertainment Weekly. A year later, Advertising Age Magazine mendapuknya as "the Entertainment Marketers of the Year 2004".

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