Ken McCarthy organized and sponsored
the first conference ever held on the
subject of the commercial potential of the World Wide Web. His company Amacord Inc.,
formerly E-Media, was one of the first Internet-based businesses in the world.
In addition to working with small and mid-sized
business clients since 1993, McCarthy was a
consultant to NEC's Biglobe, the largest online service in Japan, from 1996
to 2001. His book
The Internet Business Manual was the first
book on web entrepreneurship
published in that country. He is also credited by Hotwired magazine with
being one of the people responsible for the development and popularization
of the banner ad, one of the key underpinnings of commercial Internet publishing.
A graduate of Princeton University, McCarthy came to the
Internet industry with a varied background which included technical
consulting for two of New York's top investment banks, lecturing on
educational psychology at MIT, Columbia, and NYU, and founding and
operating a number of small businesses, including one that helped
produce an Academy Award winning documentary.