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Saturday, January 24, 2009

How a ragtag band created Wikipedia

Sure there's eBay, Facebook etc etc - but probably nothing defines the power of the internet to me as well as Wikipedia - which basically houses the shared knowledge of the collective. Here's a great video on one man's vision of a free encyclopedia for all. One more quick note - I love how Wikipedia is seen as a living organism constantly growing and improving. The business lesson is that through collaboration you can build something on such a massive scale that no corporate structure could afford to take on.

Jimmy Wales recalls how he assembled "a ragtag band of volunteers," gave them tools for collaborating and created Wikipedia, the self-organizing, self-correcting, never-finished online encyclopedia.


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