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Mark Elderkin
(September 27, 1963 - living) U.S.A.

Mark Elderkin

Business executive

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Computer systems analyst; Executive Vice President and co-founder of the online service Gay.com; co-founder of Volano in 1996, a Java-based software company specializing in Internet chat software, used by over 400 corporate customers including AT&T, GeoCities, E*TRADE, and Gay.com

"I acquired the domain name Gay.com in 1994 with my partner Jeff Bennett. We did not have a plan for it at that time, as it was prior to the release of the Netscape browser and before people had Web sites. People were using e-mail, so we decided to create a gay and lesbian newsletter talling people about what was happening worldwide. We started the subscription service in 1994 while we were employed by other companies. So we were doing it as a hobby. As we learned more about the gay community and technology, and with the later explosionof the Web, we built Gay.com in August 1996. We launched before the other gay Web sites and we started from the beginning as a community site, where we were connecting people via the Web."

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Source: Ellis, A., ed. The Harvey Milk Institue Guide to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, and Queer Internet Research, p. 31
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