evolution of online services
[Caption: Pictured in his basement office is his first ‘real’ computer, an IBM PCjr, purchased in 1985. It was a major upgrade from the TI-99/4A (pictured in background header purchased in 1981). Check out the PCjr's 5.25" floppy drive (360K storage), 16 colors max monitor, dot matrix printer, and 300 baud modem. A 300 baud modem would transfer 1mb in approximately 7 hours.]
International Entrepreneurs Network: Bruce Kullberg was the founding Systems Operator (Sysop) of the International Entrepreneurs Network on CompuServe Information Services. IEN was the largest business-related online community during that time consisting of entrepreneurs and business professionals with memberships exceeding over 50,000 members worldwide. IEN was a service offered by The Entrepreneurship Institute, and was online for five years.
Strictly Business!BBS, a national online exchange for small businesses, providing educational and practical information for entrepreneurs and business professionals. Started in 1988, SB!BBS was online for 5 years via a dial-up service (Bulletin Board Service) operating out of his basement.
The Daily Reporter Online: Bruce created and maintained one of the first daily newspapers to be accessible "online" in the United States (and possibly internationally) through a national dial-up bulletin board system (pre-WWW/ Internet) in 1990. The BBS was online for several years before the Internet took over. The Daily Reporter is based in Columbus, OH.
Columbus News Connection: An online news release retrieval service and informational service for public relation professionals. This service was founded in 1989 and was online for several years.