Lycos was started in 1995 when CMGI's investment group, @Ventures, bought a search engine developed by Michael Mauldin at Carnegie Mellon University and Bob Davis signed on as CEO. The company grew rapidly over the next several years as Internet usage exploded.
By the peak of the Internet Bubble, it was the fourth most popular site on the Web. In 2000, Lycos was acquired for $5.4 billion by Terra Networks, a subsidiary of the Spanish telephone company, Telefonica.
Davis is currently a managing general partner at venture capital firm Highland Capital.
Livingston: Lycos's original technology came out of CMU. How ...