15 Years of Inc.com

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Sunny Beginnings

On a warm midsummer day in 1996, a group of four editors huddled around a computer in a Boston office. Matthew Berk, a webmaster, "hit a button and launched the site, Inc.com," explains Bob LaPointe, Inc.'s current president, who was at the time a vice president of Inc. Previously, the only way one could find Inc. Online was on AOL, by searching keyword INC. Also present at the site's launch were Leslie Brokaw, who became editor-in-chief of Inc.com, and Mike Hofman, then a researcher for the magazine, who would—more than a decade later—become editor of Inc.com.