When David Filo and Jerry Yang created Yahoo in 1995, it was nothing more than a simple list of links, a guide to the open web that new websites clamored to be featured on.
Now, fast-forward more than ten years, and Verizon is acquiring it for $4.8 billion.
Thanks to The Internet Archive, we can revisit the early days and see exactly what Yahoo used to look like.
Take a trip down memory lane…
Jerry Yang and David Filo created Yahoo back in January 1994 while studying at Stanford University. They renamed it 'Yahoo!' in March.
By 1996 the site looked like this. The company had its initial public offering in April of that year, closing at $33, up 270% from its IPO price.
Anyone who was growing up in the 90s may remember 'Yahooligans,' the company's 'web guide for kids.'
In March 2001, Yahoo CEO Tim Koogle stepped down, replaced by Terry Semel. You'll notice a *slight* update to some of the graphics.
2005 was a busy year. Yahoo acquired five companies and made its fateful investment in Chinese ecommerce Alibaba, which would buoy its stock significantly down the line. Its site got a new look too.
Here's how the homepage looked in 2011. In the previous six years, Yahoo had gone through three CEOs. Cofounder Jerry Yang replaced Semel in 2007, but stepped down in only 18 months. Carol Bartz started in January 2009 but was fired by September.
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