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“A rah-rah re-enactment of the dot-com cataclysm” (The New Yorker), the just-released NatGeo limited series Valley of the Boom (which premiered on Jan 13) tells the story of the 90’s tech bubble through the lens of three companies: Google predecessor Netscape, pre-YouTube video streaming service Pixelon, and theglobe.com — the first-ever social network which became world-famous for its billion-dollar IPO in 1998… only to quickly plummet toward the depths.
Twenty years later, theglobe.com‘s real-life co-founder and poster boy of the dot-com era Stephan Paternot is setting the record straight and expanding on the not-seen-on-TV story of Valley of the Boom with the recent re-issue of his memoir.
A fresh and timely read that’s as relevant to those interested in internet history as it is full of insights for the next generation of start-up founders, A VERY PUBLIC OFFERING chronicles a surreal, upside-down period in American business history, and tells the dramatic personal story of young man’s rocket toward success — and what happens when it all falls apart.
ABOUT THE BOOK
TITLE: A VERY PUBLIC OFFERING: THE STORY OF THEGLOBE.COM AND THE FIRST INTERNET REVOLUTION
AUTHOR: STEPHAN PATERNOT
PUBLISHER: ACTARUS PRESS
FORMATS: PAPERBACK, E-BOOK, AUDIOBOOK
PUBLICATION DATE: NOVEMBER 13 2018
PRICE: $14.99 PAPERBACK / $7.49 KINDLE / $17.99 AUDIOBOOK
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
STEPHAN PATERNOT is co-founder & CEO of Slated, the world’s first online film finance marketplace. Powered by machine-learning analytics, over 1,200 listed films have received over $1.25 billion in investor introductions as of 2018. Over half of 2018’s Sundance Film Festival selections and Oscar nominated films were made by Slated members in producing, directing, and writing roles. In 2004, Stephan co-founded PalmStar, a film production and financing company that has produced and financed over 30 films including Hereditary (2018), Collateral Beauty (2016), Sing Street (2016) and John Wick(2014). Stephan is also the founder and general partner of the Actarus Funds. Founded in 2002, these angel funds have backed such companies as LendingClub, SecondMarket, Indiegogo, AngelList, Digital Currency Group, and many more.
Prior to these ventures, Paternot is best known for co-founding one of the first Internet community sites, theglobe.com, in 1994. The company set stock market history when it went public in 1998 with a record-setting IPO, pushing the company valuation to over $1 billion. Over a six-year span, the company grew to over 300 employees, and the website became one of the top thirty most trafficked sites in the world. In 1999 Stephan won the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award and in 2001 published his memoir, A Very Public Offering, detailing his experience at theglobe.com. A Very Public Offering was updated and reissued in 2018 in conjunction with the worldwide release of the National Geographic Television series Valley of the Boom, in which Paternot is featured as a character.