Results 1 to 5 of 5
  1. #1
    Web Ho - Design B!tch ~Michelle's Avatar
    Join Date
    January 18th, 2005
    Paul Flaherty age 42, AltaVista Creator, Dies
    SAN FRANCISCO - Paul A. Flaherty, a computer engineer who helped create the pioneering AltaVista online search engine, has died. He was 42.

    Flaherty died March 16 of a heart attack at his home in Belmont, about 20 miles south of San Francisco, family members said Friday.

    Flaherty came up with the idea of indexing Web pages that made the AltaVista search engine one of the most popular Internet search tools in the mid-1990s.

    "He was such a warm and loving man, and he was exceptionally smart," his brother, Michael, said Friday. "It's just uncanny to find someone with that much intellectual power but that much warmth, too."

    Flaherty was working as a research engineer at Digital Equipment Corp. in Palo Alto when he teamed up with two other staff researchers in 1995 to develop AltaVista's technology.

    The Web site was made public in December 1995 and within weeks was processing several million searches a day. It was spun off from Digital Equipment as a private company in 1999.

    Flaherty served as director for technical strategy at AltaVista until leaving in 2000 to work in management consulting. At the time of his death, he was vice president for product development at TalkPlus, a telecommunications software company in Menlo Park.

    Born in Milwaukee and raised in Minnesota, Flaherty earned a doctorate in electrical engineering in 1994 from Stanford University and never quite shook his Midwest roots despite his success in Silicon Valley, Michael Flaherty said.

    "I never saw him taking to the more cutthroat lifestyle in Silicon Valley," his brother said.

    He is survived by his wife, Natasha Flaherty of Belmont; his parents, James Sr. and Ruth Flaherty of Fargo, N.D.; and four brothers.

    A funeral mass and burial is scheduled for Tuesday in Fargo.

    Full article here
    "All I ask is a chance to prove that money can't make me happy."
    "Work to become, not to acquire." -- Confucius

  2. #2
    ABW Ambassador Greg Rice's Avatar
    Join Date
    January 18th, 2005
    Wow, only 42. What a shame to die so young. I used to love AV back in the day when they were the king.
    Greg Rice Affiliate Program Management info(AT) | 330-259-1223

    Join us! - | DiscountCandleShop/CheeseSupply | Feng Shui Plaza

  3. #3
    affiliate emeritus missdonna's Avatar
    Join Date
    January 17th, 2005
    Torrance, CA
    Quote Originally Posted by Greg Rice
    I used to love AV back in the day when they were the king.
    Me too. They were so fast. In 1998 when Hillary Clinton complained about the vast right-wing conspiracy I tossed up a right-wing conspiracy site that was indexed within hours. It got a bunch of traffic those first few weeks.
    Affiliate Marketing - The hardest easy money I ever made.

  4. #4
    ABW Adviser Panel Dynamoo's Avatar
    Join Date
    January 18th, 2005
    Opposite the Slough of Despond
    Wow, a great unsung pioneer of the internet age. AltaVista was the first truly useful search engine in my opinion - the few that came before it were pretty useless, but AltaVista could come up with the page you wanted in the first screen of results which was a huge improvement.

    Although AltaVista was mostly about keyword density rather than link popularity, it did pretty much own the search engine market until Google came along a few years later. Google and other search engines owe a lot to AltaVista.
    Innovative advertising with Slimeware Corporation and Telephore. Mail-order fuel with Petrol Direct.

  5. #5
    ABW Ambassador danay's Avatar
    Join Date
    March 25th, 2005
    Ft. Lauderdale, FL
    Wow, what a loss. He was young and he was a pioneer in the SE world. I loved AV back in the day too.

    I remember reading about him along with Gates, eBay's Omidyar, Yahoo's (Filo & Yang), Google boys (Page & Brin) and so on.

    Man, time flies and I'm getting older.
    Last edited by danay; March 24th, 2006 at 08:54 PM.
    Danay @
    Global Perfomance Marketing. Global Niche Markets = Opportunity!

    I dwell in possibility. ~Emily Dickinson

  6. Newsletter Signup

+ Reply to Thread

Similar Threads

  1. Oral Roberts dies at age 91
    By beachcom in forum Virtual Family and Off-Topic
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: December 15th, 2009, 03:51 PM
  2. Paul Newman dies at age 83
    By Trust in forum Virtual Family and Off-Topic
    Replies: 18
    Last Post: September 29th, 2008, 05:23 PM
  3. Altavista New Look
    By Trust in forum Search Engine Optimization
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: November 12th, 2002, 08:59 AM
  4. Does Anyone Use Altavista?
    By dhelle in forum Search Engine Optimization
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: June 21st, 2002, 05:21 PM
  5. AltaVista?
    By qball0213 in forum Search Engine Optimization
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: April 3rd, 2002, 03:19 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts