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The man who invented the internet

I spent the better part of Monday browsing LinkedIn, and have thus read my fill of people’s CVs. It is always interesting to see how people define and describe what they do, and LinkedIn offers the full spectrum from yawn-boring, to flighty.

Look, I know it’s not easy. You have to summarise your life’s contribution to the world, in a couple of paragraphs. You start asking yourself if you have done anything that is meaningful. You start questioning your purpose. Then you start to exaggerate the importance of your life.

Of course, Vint Cerf does not have those problems. He has an honest and neat 15-word description of his life’s work:

“I am the co-inventor of the internet, its architecture and the core TCP/IP protocols.”

Now, try to beat that.


  • Eve Dmochowska spends her day playing on and with the Internet, and thinks it is a rather fun way to make money. She is the founder of Crowdfund, a crowd sourced fund to help local online startups get off the ground, and of the Geekspace, Joburgs first hot desking space for geeks. She is also the co-founder of The Broadband Bible which helps SAfricans find the perfect ADSL plan and the Airtime Bible, which compares the costs of cellphone contracts.

One Comment

  1. geof geof 8 September 2007

    did you happen to stumble on the profile of the inventors of cyber-sex, and or the founders of the fastest growing website on the Internet these days while you were out surfing around? LinkedIn Or what about the founders of the New Internet? btw, you can see my recommendation of Vint on his LinkedIn, and vice versa his on mine. Yes, he has certainly made a wonderful contribution to the world…. Cheers! And keep up the good surfing! :) Oh, and PS Vint’s Facebook is a tad bit more colorful, thanks to pics and graphics of Facebook platform.

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