The Players Ball

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The Players Ball: A Genius, a Con Man, and the Secret History of the Internet's Rise

Contributor(s): Kushner, David (Author)
ISBN: 1501122142   EAN: 9781501122149
Publisher: Simon & Schuster    
US SRP: $27.00 US 
Binding: Hardcover: 272 pages
Pub Date: April 09, 2019
Annotation: “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 and the con man who swindled him out of the website, 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, Only 5 percent of Americans were using the internet at the time, and even fewer were looking online for love.
He quickly bought the 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 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
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BISAC Categories:
- Business & Economics | Industries | Computers & Information Technology
- Business & Economics | Corporate & Business History | General
- Computers | Internet | General
- Computers | History
- True Crime | Con Artists, Hoaxes & Deceptions


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