The Players Ball

The Players Ball

A Genius, A Con Man, and the Secret History of the Internet's Rise

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Baker & Taylor
Describes the battle, in the early days of the internet, between the founder of Match.com and the man who had stolen the domain rights to Sex.com out from under him as they fought for power and money. 60,000 first printing.

Baker
& Taylor

Describes the battle, in the early days of the internet, between the founder of Match.com and the man who stole the domain rights to Sex.com out from under him, as they fought for power and money.

Simon and Schuster
“An engrossing microcosm of the internet's Wild West years” (Kirkus Reviews), award-winning journalist David Kushner tells the incredible battle between the founder of Match.com and the con man who swindled him out of the website Sex.com, resulting in an all-out war for control for what still powers the internet today: love and sex.

In 1994, visionary entrepreneur Gary Kremen used a $2,500 loan to create the first online dating service, Match.com. Only 5 percent of Americans were using the internet at the time, and even fewer were looking online for love. He quickly bought the Sex.com domain too, betting the combination of love and sex would help propel the internet into the mainstream.

Imagine Kremen’s surprise when he learned that someone named Stephen Michael Cohen had stolen the rights to Sex.com and was already making millions that Kremen would never see. Thus follows the wild true story of Kremen’s and Cohen’s decade-long battle for control. In The Players Ball, author and journalist David Kushner provides a front seat to these must-read Wild West years online, when innovators and outlaws battled for power and money.

This cat-and-mouse game between a genius and a con man changed the way people connect forever, and is key to understanding the rise and future of the online world.

“Kushner delivers a fast-paced, raunchy tale of sex, drugs, and dial-up.” —Publishers Weekly

Publisher: New York : Simon and Schuster, [2019]
ISBN: 9781501122149
9781501122156
Branch Call Number: 384.3 KUS 2019
Characteristics: pages cm

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