15 Years of Inc.com

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Beginnings of a Boom

When this era for Inc.com began in 1996, Americans spent fewer than 30 minutes a month online, according to Slate. But even back then, there was growing interest in the Web—especially commercially. One of the most talked about sales of the year was when the domain name TV.com sold to CNET for $15,000. Also indicative of the state of the Internet: Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, Yasser Arafat, and Phillipine President Fidel Ramos all met for about 10 minutes in a chat room in 1996.