Before Apple’s iPhone there was

By on May 8, 2008

The blogger behind, Elmer Thomas, happened to run into the original owner of at Starbucks; see the video interview below.

Michael Kovatch started an internet company in 1993 and was inspired by Microsoft’s now ancient communications software “Net Meeting.” After searching for and finding unavailable, Michael reserved his domain knowing that the internet would be used for phone service in the not-so-distant future.

Once again, Starbucks proves to be a great place to meet interesting people. Today, I met Michael Kovatch, who is recently “Internet” famous for selling to Apple… Following is a brief video interview where Michael explains how he acquired…


Quite an interesting story, a realistic glimpse into the beginnings of domaining as we know it.


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