If yourdefinition of the 1st dot com depends on it being HTML based,O'Reilly and Associates and GNN. com could merit the title. We began before there was an internet industry, and so used trade showsoriented to the Unix world and networking world. Interop, a show devotedto networking items, was the pioneer on the infrastructure side, butwhen it comes to using the internet as a platform, Alan Meckler's InternetWorld show opened the doors. The first one was a tiny affair in New York'sJavitz center. I had exhibited in Javitz before, and firstly
I could notfind the event it was in a small basement exhibit hall under the mainhall. There were just two short aisles of booths, with companies likeNetcom, and sellers of TCP/IP application for Windows computers. Onebooth was stacked 6 feet high with empty boxes of their "Internet in a Box"product which wasn't quite ready, so the joke was that the product wasjust the box. UPI had worked well for us in our early years, but it was a dyingorganization. Once probably the most great newswires, it had fallen on hardtimes and been via a chain of owners. Eventually it might loseall its newspaper consumers and be sold to the Saudis
and eventually theMoonies.