How The Heck Is AOL 25 Years Old?

Gameline

In 1983, a man named Bill Von Meister started a company called Control Video Corporation. CVC sold one product for $50 a pop. It was called Gameline and it allowed Atari 2600 video game console owners to buy new games over their phone lines for $1 each.

A year or so later, the thing went bust. But the investors and founders stayed together to launch another company called Quantum Computer Services, which utilized many of CVC’s over-the-phone-line technologies.

(The new company re-hired one of CVC’s marketing execs, Steve Case.)

20-five years and countless corporate iterations later, Von Meister’s company is now known by a different name: AOL.

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