Magazine article Management Today

Decisions: Tom Bureau - CNET Networks UK

Magazine article Management Today

Decisions: Tom Bureau - CNET Networks UK

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MD of the online publisher, and CO-founder of silicon.com.

MY BEST ...

was seeing the potential of online media early on. A friend who'd worked at CERN, the European nuclear research organisation, came back enthusing about the internet. From 1994, the online world became a big part of my life.

My partner and I created one of the first online advertising-based publishing products in '95. We sold it to Dennis Publishing but kept the online technology rights. That turned into silicon.com, launched '97 - and then we went on the full dot.com roller-coaster. We raised pounds 25 million from venture capitalists and expanded into Europe.

My next-best decision was not leaving online publishing in 2002 when things went bad. I was CEO of Silicon Media Group and we were in the same boat as many publishers - last man standing survives. We sold the business to CNET Networks and at that point I could have moved on but my dreams of unimaginable wealth had disappeared, so I stayed. We'd had the chance to sell the business a few years earlier, but the value now was in the lessons we'd learnt MY WORST . …

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