Tuesday, November 30, 2010

P-G: Blekko: Odd name, interesting concept

Blekko. No, TechMan didn't swallow a bug. Blekko (blekko.com) is a new search engine that has among its founders three former classmates at Mt. Lebanon High School.

Rich Skrenta was a ninth-grader in 1982 when he decided to pull a prank on friends. He wrote a computer program called Elk Cloner on his Apple II and put it on a floppy disk that he handed out to friends. It turned out to be the first known computer virus "in the wild," that is, traveling from machine to machine.

After a career in the computer business, his latest venture is Blekko, and the name indicates that Mr. Skrenta has lost none of his mischievous sense of humor. Among the co-founders of the company are Michael Markson and Bob Truel.

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Blogger Dave Franklin said...

In somewhat related news, the founder of Groupon (also a Lebo native) is rumored to be in talks with Google regarding an acquisition.

It was reported yesterday that Google has offered $5.3 billion for Groupon, plus $700 million in earnouts for its executives.

Well done!

December 01, 2010 12:55 PM  
Anonymous Bob Reich, Jr. said...

Word is that after he sells he is going to underwrite a good chunk of the cost of the new high school. The only condition is that the team mascot become the "Fighting Groupons". We're saved! Thanks, Google!

December 01, 2010 1:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's a thought, rather than spending thousands of $$$ asking residents what they think of the school district or community, maybe the board and commissioners should survey these ex-lebonaires (lebonites, leboburgers) why they didn't locate their headquarters here.
Successful homebred entrepeneurs that they are, they may provide some interesting insight.
Dean Spahr

December 01, 2010 2:11 PM  
Anonymous John Kendrick said...

Yeah! They might say that when they started to make some money they RAN OUT before the teachers union could get their sticky little fingers inside of their wallets!

December 02, 2010 7:43 PM  
Anonymous John Ewing said...

Do YOU really want to use a search engine affiliated with the man who invented the first computer virus and gave it to his high school classmates?

December 06, 2010 12:01 PM  

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