- Comcast is officially pulling the plug on an online address book called Plaxo on December 31.
- Plaxo isn’t well known these days but it is a startup founded by famed Valley entrepreneur and investor Sean Parker.
- Parker’s experience at Plaxo greatly influenced the early days of Facebook and is one inspiration for why CEO Mark Zuckerberg locked down his control of Facebook.
Comcast is officially pulling the plug on Plaxo on December 31, 2017.
Thus ends the long and uniquely Silicon Valley history of this online address book service founded by famed Valley entrepreneur and investor Sean Parker.
Comcast bought the service in 2008 for somewhere between $150 and $170 million, TechCrunch reported at the time.
Parker is perhaps best known for his early involvement with Facebook and as a founder of Napster, the music file-sharing network that collected tens of millions of users in its first year, but suffered a painful death at the hands of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on copyright infringement charges.
Plaxo was Parker’s other startup. Although it never became as well-known as other now-dead social networks like LiveJournal or MySpace, it may have been even more influential in paving the way for Facebook than Napster, its co-founder, Todd Masonis, told us back in 2015.
Here’s the long strange story of Plaxo, Parker and Facebook, according to Masonis and a 2010 article in Vanity Fair about Parker.
Parker created Plaxo as his redemption
In 2001, the same year Napster got the axe, Parker dreamt up a piece of software that auto-updated users’ email address books when one of their contacts moved, changed companies, or got a new phone number. Users could choose to sync their information with friends. “It was the precursor to social networking,” Masonis tells Business Insider.
Parker shared his vision Read More Here