Jimmy Wales

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Jimmy Donal "Jimbo" Wales (born August 7, 1966) is a British-American Internet entrepreneur.wikipedia
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Wikipedia

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He is a co-founder of the online non-profit encyclopedia Wikipedia and the for-profit web hosting company Wikia. On January 15, 2001, with Larry Sanger and others, Wales launched Wikipedia—a free, open-content encyclopedia that enjoyed rapid growth and popularity.
Wikipedia was launched on January 15, 2001, by Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger.

Fandom (website)

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He is a co-founder of the online non-profit encyclopedia Wikipedia and the for-profit web hosting company Wikia.
Fandom, also known as Wikia (especially before October 2016) and Wikicities before 2006, is a wiki hosting service and domain operated by Fandom, Inc. (formerly known as Wikia, Inc.), a for-profit Delaware company founded in October 2004 by Jimmy Wales and Angela Beesley and headed by Perkins Miller as CEO.

Bomis

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In 1996, he and two partners founded Bomis, a web portal featuring entertainment and adult content.
It was founded in 1996 by Jimmy Wales, Tim Shell and Michael Davis.

Wikimedia Foundation

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Wales serves on the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees, the charity that he helped establish to operate Wikipedia, holding its board-appointed "community founder" seat. In mid-2003, Wales set up the Wikimedia Foundation (WMF), a non-profit organization founded in St. Petersburg, Florida and later headquartered in San Francisco, California.
The foundation was founded in 2003 by Jimmy Wales as a way to fund Wikipedia and its sibling projects through non-profit means.

Larry Sanger

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On January 15, 2001, with Larry Sanger and others, Wales launched Wikipedia—a free, open-content encyclopedia that enjoyed rapid growth and popularity.
His status as a co-founder of Wikipedia has been called into question by fellow co-founder Jimmy Wales, but is generally accepted.

Nupedia

Bomis provided the initial funding for the free peer-reviewed encyclopedia, Nupedia (2000–2003), and its successor, Wikipedia.
It was founded by Jimmy Wales and underwritten by Bomis, with Larry Sanger as editor-in-chief.

Indiana University Bloomington

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Wales then entered the PhD finance program at the University of Alabama before leaving with a master's degree to enter the PhD finance program at Indiana University.
Notable Indiana alumni include James Watson, one of the co-discoverers of the structure of DNA; Jimmy Wales, the co-founder of Wikipedia; Robert Gates, the 22nd United States Secretary of Defense; CEO and co-founder of Siri and Viv Dag Kittlaus; award-winning author Suzanne Collins, who wrote The Hunger Games series; composer and songwriter Hoagy Carmichael; John Chambers, executive chairman and former CEO of Cisco Systems; and billionaire investor Mark Cuban.

History of Wikipedia

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In January 2001, Sanger was introduced to the concept of a wiki by extreme programming enthusiast Ben Kovitz after explaining to Kovitz the slow pace of growth Nupedia endured as a result of its onerous submission process.
Wikipedia began with its first edit on 15 January 2001, two days after the domain was registered by Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger.

Chicago Options Associates

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In 1994, Wales took a job with Chicago Options Associates, a futures and options trading firm in Chicago, Illinois.
In 1994 Davis was its chief executive officer, hiring then-graduate student Jimmy Jimbo Wales as research director; Wales served in this position until 1998.

South by Southwest

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In a talk at SXSW in 2016, he recalled that he wrote the first words on Wikipedia: "Hello world", a phrase computer programmers often use to test new software.
The 2006 SXSW Interactive featured a keynote panel of Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales and Craigslist founder Craig Newmark.

English Wikipedia

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In late 2005, Wales edited his own biographical entry on the English Wikipedia.
The committee was created by Jimmy Wales on 4 December 2003 as an extension of the decision-making power he had formerly held as owner of the site.

St. Petersburg, Florida

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In mid-2003, Wales set up the Wikimedia Foundation (WMF), a non-profit organization founded in St. Petersburg, Florida and later headquartered in San Francisco, California.
When the Wikimedia Foundation was founded by Jimmy Wales in 2003 it was originally located in downtown St. Petersburg.

Wikia Search

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Another service offered by Wikia was Wikia Search, an open source search engine intended to challenge Google and introduce transparency and public dialogue about how it is created into the search engine's operations, but the project was abandoned in March 2009.
Wikia Search was a short-lived free and open-source web search engine launched by Wikia, a for-profit wiki-hosting company founded in late 2004 by Jimmy Wales and Angela Beesley.

WikiTribune

In 2017, Wales announced that he is launching an online publication called WikiTribune, with a goal to fight fake news through a combination of professional journalists and volunteer contributors.
Jimmy Wales, co-founder of Wikipedia, announced the site in April 2017 as a for-profit site, not affiliated with Wikipedia or its support organisation, the Wikimedia Foundation.

Knowledge Engine (Wikimedia Foundation)

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In early 2016, Wikipedia editors perceived the WMF's Knowledge Engine project as a conflict of interest for Wales, whose business Wikia might benefit from having the WMF spend a lot of money on research in respect to search.
Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales allowed that the KE might in time also include academic and open access sources in its search results.

Florence Devouard

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Then-chairperson of the foundation Florence Devouard and former foundation interim Executive Director Brad Patrick denied any wrongdoing by Wales or the foundation, saying that Wales accounted for every expense and that, for items for which he lacked receipts, he paid out of his own pocket; in private, Devouard upbraided Wales for "constantly trying to rewrite the past".
Devouard joined the board of Wikimedia Foundation in June 2004 as Chair of the Board of Trustees, succeeding Jimmy Wales.

WT Social

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In October 2019, Wales launched an ad-free social network, WT:Social.
It was founded in October 2019 by Wikipedia cofounder Jimmy Wales as an alternative to Facebook and Twitter.

List of Internet entrepreneurs

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Jimmy Donal "Jimbo" Wales (born August 7, 1966) is a British-American Internet entrepreneur.

Randolph School

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Wales was born in Huntsville, Alabama, where he attended Randolph School, a university-preparatory school.

The People's Operator

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In January 2014, it was announced that Wales had joined The People's Operator as co-chair of the mobile phone network.
On 20 January 2014, TPO announced that Jimmy Wales had joined the organisation on a £250,000 annual salary as co-chair of the board, and had "taken a strategic stake in the business."

Auburn University

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He earned bachelor's and master's degrees in finance from Auburn University and the University of Alabama respectively.
Some of its prominent alumni include Apple CEO Tim Cook, National Security Agency and Commander of the U.S. Cyber Command Michael S. Rogers, Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer, Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales, NBA star Charles Barkley, NFL quarterback Cam Newton, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey and Tennessee Governor [[Bill Lee (Tennessee politician)|Bill Lee] Bo Jackson ].

Wikimedia Commons

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In May 2010, the BBC reported that Wales had relinquished many of his technical privileges on Wikimedia Commons (a Wikipedia sister project that hosts much of its multimedia content) after criticism by the project's volunteer community over what they saw as Wales's hasty and undemocratic approach to deleting sexually explicit images he believed "appeal solely to prurient interests".
After this was reported in the media, Jimmy Wales, founder of the Wikimedia Foundation which hosts Commons, used his administrator status to delete several images without discussion from the Commons community.

Maurice Lacroix

He has also participated in a celebrity endorsement campaign for the Swiss watchmaker Maurice Lacroix.
In recent years, Maurice Lacroix has collaborated with Internet entrepreneur Jimmy Wales, musician Bob Geldof, actor Ray Stevenson, swimmer James Magnussen, diver Orlando Duque, South Korean actor Jang Dong-gun and British golfer Justin Rose on a brand endorsement campaign.

Memory Alpha

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It hosts some of the largest wikis outside Wikipedia, including Memory Alpha (devoted to Star Trek) and Wookieepedia (Star Wars).
In February 2005, Memory Alpha switched hosting servers and joined Wikia, a free for-profit wiki-hosting company started by Wikimedia Foundation board members Jimmy Wales and Angela Beesley.

Encyclopedia

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On January 15, 2001, with Larry Sanger and others, Wales launched Wikipedia—a free, open-content encyclopedia that enjoyed rapid growth and popularity.
In 2001, Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger launched Wikipedia, a multilingual, open-source, free online encyclopedia supported by the non-profit Wikimedia Foundation.