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Joe Firmage, ManyOne, LifeTree & Other projects


"25 years in the making" - but I am still not clear what it actually does



Other internet media operations, like YouTube and Linked-in, and of course Facebook have become more tangible in less time


ManyOne is a successor to a project called One Cosmos. One Cosmos was a partnership between Joe Firmage,the former CEO of USWeb, a $3B company at its peak, and Ann Druyan, a science writer and widow of astronomer Carl Sagan, who co-wrote the PBS series Cosmos with Sagan and later co-produced the 1997 film Contact, starring Jodie Foster.

One Cosmos was to be a science-based education and entertainment portal using advanced graphics and other innovative Web capabilities. The inspiration, according to Firmage, came from Sagan’s reference in Cosmos to an Encyclopedia Galactica—a term borrowed from Isaac Asimov—referring to a fictional repository of universal knowledge. Approximately $11M in venture capital was spent before One Cosmos was terminated by its Silicon Valley financial backers during the Internet bubble collapse of 2000.

The concept of One Cosmos was merged with BarterFarm, an internet services company founded by Jon Firmage and David Eilers, at the beginning of 2002 to form ManyOne Networks. Ideas gained from One Cosmos formed the conceptual basis for ManyOne Networks, while BarterFarm provided other intellectual property. Recent evidence shows that both companies had similar business models.

Digital Universe

Main article: Digital Universe

The creation of an Encyclopedia Galactica has been replaced by a more ambitious Digital Universe project, described in company announcements as a "PBS of the Web." In addition to an online encyclopedia, the Digital Universe aspires to become an archive of information, a multimedia learning center, news source, and directory of the Web. To create a domain of credible, non-commercial, advertising-free information, the volunteer efforts of a world-wide network of experts and educators (referred to as “stewards” by the company) is necessary. To enable this, a second foundation, the non-profit Digital Universe Foundation, has been set up by the company.

The Digital Universe Foundation is to be the organization that runs a worldwide stewardship program, and is to evolve independently of ManyOne Networks even though the rich-media capabilities of the ManyOne browser are tailored to deliver the optimal experience of Digital Universe content, such as 3D rendering. The entire software and technology is slated to become open-source and access to the Digital Universe via other browsers is planned, although with a loss of some presentation features. The ManyOne browser itself will be free.

Business operations

Firmage invested all the money he had in the company; an additional $12 million has come from Angel investors.[2] At its height, around March 2006, it had about 50 employees.[3]

In March 2006, the Associated Press reported that to fund the venture, the Digital Universe site would "sell monthly subscriptions that let visitors get additional content and features, many of them offered by for-profit third parties, such as film producers, game makers, map providers and book publishers." The monthly fee was to include an e-mail service offered by Digital Universe, and academics and others contributing content were to get 25% of the proceeds.[3]

During 2006, ManyOne shifted into building what it called the "Public Internet Media System", which it described as "a service that empowers non-profits, companies, agencies and individuals to build and operate financially self-sustaining community and web portals."[4] In a January 2006 press release, the company had similarly said "partners will be able to quickly create specialized portals for their members, complete with all the multimedia capabilities of the Digital Universe, Internet access, world class e-mail, Universal Instant Messaging and 24/7 customer and technical support. They were also supposed to be able to add specialized multimedia or ordinary website content, if they chose.

In May 2007, Time Magazine reported that in addition to third-party portals, the company planned to generate revenue by providing optional build-your-own-website service and email hosting for $7.95 a month


> More: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ManyOne_Networks


LifeTree, is a 2013 project... which seems to involve web Domains - not any specifics here


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Joe Firmage has an interesting background,


He has has some big success in starting, growing and selling one internet consulting business


Joseph Firmage (born October 26, 1970 in Salt Lake City, Utah) is an American Internet entrepreneur. He founded several business ventures prior to and during the dot-com boom and currently is involved with two closely linked organizations: ManyOne Networks, of which he is CEO, and the Digital Universe Foundation, of which he is a co-founder and member of the Board of Directors.


> Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Firmage


But he was also well-known for an ET encounter:

Bedroom Encounter - Joe Firmage

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