with his partner Jerry Yang, co-created
the popular search engine Yahoo! while
studying together at Stanford. Today Yahoo!
is one of the most popular directories
and search engines on the web and has
grown to provide consumers with services
such as online dating, shopping, and website
Filo was born in Wisconsin in 1966, and
later moved to Moss Bluff, Louisiana at
the age of six. He attended high school
at Sam Houston High School near Lake Charles,
Louisiana and ended up at Tulane University
with a Dean's Honor Scholarship. He graduated
with a BS in Computer Engineering. Filo
then took his studies to Stanford University
where he eventually graduated with a Master
of Science degree.
was at Stanford that David Filo met Jerry
Yang, another Computer Engineer. Together,
Filo and Yang started surfing the fledgling
internet in their spare time. There were
thousands of new websites appearing every
day and Filo and Yang wanted to make the
most of the experience by setting up a
directory in order to share sites with
their friends. They created Yahoo! to
help organize their findings and help
other people find relevant sites.
quickly grew to include other Stanford
alumni and Filo and Yang developed software
to help categorize websites even further.
The site grew even more and became a stable
for online searches. Hundreds of companies
jumped on board to advertise on their
site and helped the company to grow to
over one hundred employees in a short
Yahoo! still offers searches and directories,
they have expanded their offerings to
include online personals and dating, shopping,
web hosting services, and more. Yahoo!
offers services in countries around the
world in a variety of languages. David
Filo still heads software and also acts
as Chief of Yahoo!.
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