TitleHannaby, Daniel oral history
|Dennis, Eric, Videographer|
|Hannaby, Daniel, Interviewee|
|Mailland, Julien, Interviewer|
|Weber, Marc, Interviewer|
PublisherComputer History Museum
Place of PublicationMountain View, California
Copyright HolderComputer History Museum
DescriptionIn 1983, France launched Minitel, a videotex system that quickly became the world's first successful mass-market retail online ecosystem. With Minitel, France became the world's most connected country and remained so until html, Mosaic, and the Internet became over public 10 years later. While the Minitel story is one of a statist network, it is also one of bubbling, ingenuous young private entrepreneurs who provided the ecosystem's services. Before there was the dot.com, there was Minitel Rose, the "Pink Minitel," a world of sexy, edgy, completely anonymous, liberated chat over the messageries (chat rooms). A world of digital experimentation, at a time where online business and social life were unchartered territories.
Daniel Hannaby was one of those entrepreneurs. At the time a student, the future med-school dropout - and self-taught programmer - co-founded "3615 SM," a Pink Minitel service which quickly became a leader in the Minitel ecosystem and grew into a multi-faceted online business. Hannaby's story takes us through the excitement of the times, the vicissitudes of entrepreneurship, the successes and failures of experimentation, and the philosophy behind - and rewards of - helping human beings connect and communicate.
This two-and-a-half hour interview of the Minitel services pioneer spans a ten-year adventure and provides us with food to reflect on the subsequent dot.com era and on what could make a future internet business, a good business.