Barksdale had long been using web precursors.
Question: What did you see in Netscape when it was just a start-up?
Jim Barksdale: Well it’s interesting. I was reading one . . . I had been using the precursors of the Internet for some years. We’d installed it at Federal Express, you know, communications systems. Networking had always been an interest of mine, and I was familiar with a lot of the problems of networking computer systems and online systems for many years. And I had read an article in Fortune magazine about “Hot 25 Companies”. This little company that had gone in business the month prior called Mosaic Communications. And I remember commenting to my wife at the time, “This is a great idea.” And on their picture were Jim Clark, and Marc _____ and the early development team. There were about a dozen people there. And as luck would have it, not a week went by and I got a phone call from John Doer with Kleiner Perkins and Jim Clark, and asked me if I would come down and be the Chief Executive Officer. And I figured, “This looks like a real idea.” And by that time I had made plenty of money and I could have retired. In fact that’s what I was thinking about doing was retiring. But I went down there and I was just overtaken with the joy, the excitement, the fact we were doing something significant, and the people. They were just some of the wonderful, brightest young people I had ever been around
Recorded on: 7/5/07