Halsey Minor

Halsey McLean Minor
Halsey Minor is an entrepreneur and businessperson best known for starting CNET in 1992.wikipedia
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CNET

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Halsey Minor is an entrepreneur and businessperson best known for starting CNET in 1992.
Founded in 1994 by Halsey Minor and Shelby Bonnie, it was the flagship brand of CNET Networks and became a brand of CBS Interactive through CNET Networks' acquisition in 2008.

Salesforce.com

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Minor became wealthy thanks to his early ownership interests in companies like CNET, Salesforce.com, and GrandCentral Communications (now Google Voice).
Early investors include Larry Ellison, Magdalena Yesil, Halsey Minor, Stewart Henderson, Mark Iscaro, and Igor Sill of Geneva Venture Partners.

Delta Phi

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Afterwards, he studied anthropology at the University of Virginia, where he joined the Delta Phi fraternity.

Carter's Grove

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In 2007, Minor bought the historic Carter's Grove plantation, which he planned to use as a retreat and for horse-breeding.
In December 2007, CNET founder Halsey Minor acquired the Georgian style mansion and 476 acre for $15.3 million and announced plans to use it as his home and for a thoroughbred horse breeding program with the Phipps family.

Virtual reality

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He is currently the CEO of a virtual reality startup Live Planet and is involved in a cryptocurrency company called VideoCoin.

Cryptocurrency

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He is currently the CEO of a virtual reality startup Live Planet and is involved in a cryptocurrency company called VideoCoin.

Charlottesville, Virginia

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Minor was born and raised in Charlottesville, Virginia.

New York City

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He moved to New York City to work as an investment banker for Merrill Lynch and had several other jobs before starting CNET in 1992.

Merrill Lynch

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He moved to New York City to work as an investment banker for Merrill Lynch and had several other jobs before starting CNET in 1992.

Great Recession

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Minor said the Great Recession combined with the banking credit crisis of 2007 and personal tragedy led to a bankruptcy in August 2013.

American Civil War

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Some of his grandparents were war heroes in the Civil War and World War II respectively.

World War II

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Some of his grandparents were war heroes in the Civil War and World War II respectively.

Milton Bradley

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His first entrepreneurial project was a "triple-decker version of checkers" that Minor created when he was 9 and tried to sell to Milton Bradley.

Orange County, Virginia

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He attended a prestigious all-boys boarding school in Orange County, Virginia called Woodberry Forest.

University of Virginia

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Afterwards, he studied anthropology at the University of Virginia, where he joined the Delta Phi fraternity.

Jeff Bezos

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This was followed by a project with coworker Jeff Bezos to develop software that would have provided custom news feeds based on each user's job description and interests.

Paul Allen

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However, that year Minor convinced Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen to invest $5 million for a 20% interest in the company.

USA Network

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Also, USA Network bought the rights to CNET's TV show "Central TV."

Interactive Advertising Bureau

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Minor and CNET also helped create the Internet Advertising Bureau (now known as the Interactive Advertising Bureau) and influenced the development of the online publishing industry.

NBC

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However, two years later Minor sold a 60% interest in Snap to NBC for $500 million.

Marketing spending

Similarly, investors widely criticized Minor in 1999, when he increased marketing spending from $400,000 to $100 million.

NASDAQ-100

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CNET joined the NASDAQ 100 and held interests in Vignette, Beyond.com, and others.

Napster (streaming music service)

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He was also an early investor in Rhapsody.

Christie's

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Minor was involved in a series of legal disputes with Christie's and Sotheby's regarding art purchases.

Sotheby's

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Minor was involved in a series of legal disputes with Christie's and Sotheby's regarding art purchases.