Start-up SIG: Featuring Mark Fletcher, founder of Bloglines & ONElist



  • The Monthly Meeting of the Start-up SIG

    Presentation Overview

    Come hear from one of the most successful serial entrepreneurs around, Mark Fletcher. In 2003, Mark founded Bloglines , a leading RSS aggregator, which was acquired by Ask Jeeves in 2005. Previously, Mark founded ONElist, which acquired eGroups, and the combined company was acquired by Yahoo to become Yahoo Groups.

    Mark has consistently launched successful companies on the cutting edge of consumer technology trends. Come hear about his experiences and his advice for today's start-ups.


    About the Presenter

    Mark Fletcher

    Mark Fletcher is a successful serial entrepreneur, software developer and investor, with over 20 years experience in software development and high tech. Mark's career in high tech begin in the early 1980s. Since then, he has worked in several areas of computer science, including graphics, visualization and medical systems. Mark has been on the Internet since the late 1980s and is an expert on email systems and scalable Internet services.

    In 2003, Mark started Bloglines, the most popular news aggregator on the Internet. Bloglines was named one of Time Magazine's Top 50 Web Sites for 2004, and was named the Best Blog/Feed Search Engine by the Search Engine Watch Awards in 2005. In February, 2005, Bloglines was acquired by Ask Jeeves, and Mark is currently VP & General Manager of Bloglines at Ask Jeeves.

    In 1997, Mark started ONElist, a free Internet email list service. As CEO, Mark raised money from CMGI and Bertelsmann Ventures in 1998. The service was the category leader from the beginning and in November 1999, ONElist acquired eGroups, its main competition. Yahoo acquired the resulting company, renamed eGroups, in June 2000 and the service is now called Yahoo Groups.

    Mark was awarded the 2005 Wired Tech Innovator Rave Award. He has appeared on ZDTV and has been featured in numerous newspapers and magazines, including The Wall Street Journal, Time, Red Herring, Upside, Industry Standard, Salon, PC World, the New York Times, and Business Week.

    Mark has a private pilot's license and hopes to one day get his instrument rating and learn to fly acrobatics (although not at the same time).



    Building D
    Southern Cross Room
    3410 Hillview Avenue


    6:30pm-7:00pm - registration
    7:00pm-8:30pm - presentation


    $15 at the door for non-SDForum members
    No charge for SDForum members
    Seating is limited

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