Mindspark Interactive Network Timeline

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  • Idea for IWon.com conceived

    Idea for IWon.com conceived
    Idea for iWon.com conceived over lunch by two co-founders
  • First meeting with CBS

    First meeting with CBS
  • CBS funds "Project Bulldog"

    CBS funds "Project Bulldog"
    LOI reached with CBS for $100mm in funding for Project Bulldog
  • Sapient retained to build iWon

    Sapient retained to build iWon
  • Core team hired. Irvington office opened.

    Our senior leadership core team is brought together, including John Park, and our Irvington, NY office opens.
  • Launch of iWon.com

    Launch of iWon.com
    iWon.com launches and company name changed from "CTC Bulldog, Inc." to "iWon.com, Inc.". Press event held at CBS headquarters.
  • $70mm television ad campaign launched

    $70mm television ad campaign launched
  • Additional funding received

    Second round of funding ($100mm) raised, led by Bain Capital
  • First iWon winner

    First iWon winner
    First $10mm award winner, during half-hour prime-time show on CBS on Tax Day
  • Launch of Sales team, offices opened NY, LA, SF, Chicago

  • iWon achieves profitability

    iWon achieves profitability
  • Purchase of Excite

    Purchase of Excite
    Purchase of Excite assets out of bankruptcy (in conjuction with InfoSpace)
  • Launch of Excite.com

    Launch of Excite.com
    New Excite.com launches, company changes its name to The Excite Network.
  • Launch of MyWay.com

    Launch of MyWay.com
  • Launch of first distributed toolbar (MySearch)

    Launch of first distributed toolbar (MySearch)
  • Purchase of MaxOnline

  • Renamed Focus Interactive

    Renamed Focus Interactive
    Company changes its name to Focus Interactive
  • Launch of Smiley Central

    Launch of Smiley Central
  • Launch of Cursor Mania

    Launch of Cursor Mania
  • Launch of Popular Screen Savers

    Launch of Popular Screen Savers
  • Sale to Ask Jeeves

    Sale to Ask Jeeves
    Sale of company to Ask Jeeves, momentary company name change to Interactive Search Holdings, Inc.
  • MyWay partners with Dell

    MyWay partners with Dell
    MyWay begins shipping as the homepage of all Dell Computers
  • Launch of My Fun Cards

    Launch of My Fun Cards
  • Ask purchased by IAC, Inc.

    Ask purchased by IAC, Inc.
  • Jeeves is put into retirement

    Jeeves is put into retirement
  • Launch of Zwinky

    Launch of Zwinky
  • Vimeo aquired by IAC

    Vimeo aquired by IAC
  • Launch of Webfetti

    Launch of Webfetti
  • Vimeo becomes part of CAP

    Vimeo becomes part of CAP
  • Aquires Girlsense

    Aquires Girlsense
  • Launch of Kazulah

    Launch of Kazulah
  • Launch of Zwinky Cuties

    Launch of Zwinky Cuties
    Press event in Times Square Studios
  • Company becomes Mindspark

    Company becomes Mindspark
    IAC Consumer Applications & Portals becomes Mindspark Interactive Network, Inc.
  • Launch of Cardboiled

    Launch of Cardboiled
  • Creation of CAP

    Creation of CAP
    Company is spun off of Ask.com and becomes IAC Consumer Applications and Portals
  • Life123 joins the CAP team

    Life123 joins the CAP team
    CAP assumes management of IAC emerging business, Life123