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Founders at Work: Stories of Startups' Early Days by Jessica Livingston

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CHAPTER 14Mike RamsayCofounder, TiVo

image Mike Ramsay and Jim Barton founded TiVo in 1997. Their original plan was to create a network server for homes. Realizing it would be hard to explain to consumers why they needed one, they narrowed the idea down to one component of the original plan: the digital video recorder (DVR). The first version was launched in 1999.

TiVo was ground-breaking in that it took all the information that existed on television and gave the viewers the power to manipulate it. With TiVo, you could skip commercials, pause live TV, schedule the recording of every episode of a series—all the things one might expect to be able to ...

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