Internet Specialists "on the Web since 1994"
About First Online
Los Altos Incubator
Authors of the best-selling book Engineering Your Start-up: A Guide for the High-Tech Entrepreneur, we are management consultants providing professional advice for promising high-tech and Internet-related start-ups, primarily in the San Francisco Silicon Valley Bay Area and San Luis Obispo Central Coast Area.
We really were one of the
"first online!" Our predecessor company, First Online, Inc., a California
1993-1999, was one of the world's first Internet Professional Services
and Access Providers, developing some of the first commercial web sites --
such as one for FMC Corporation's Automotive Service Equipment Division in
early 1994 -- long before the World Wide Web took off. Specializing
in the automotive industry, we produced custom Internet-related systems for Toyota, Mitsubishi,
Volkswagen, Firestone, Penske, Mazda, Hyundai, Chrysler, and Edge Diagnostic
Systems, now a subsidiary of Snap-on Incorporated.
We have since, through our Los
Altos Incubator, incubated several successful Internet-related start-ups that have been acquired.
helps new high-tech and Internet-related companies formulate and implement viable
business strategies. We play the role of strategic advisors and coaches, serving as board members when
appropriate. Our most
salient projects to-date are
GetActive Software (acquired by Convio),
was acquired by Kana Q1
2004; Eric Schmidt and Ben Rosen were investors in Hipbone). Most of our deal flow and
projects derive from encounters with readers of
on starting hi-tech companies. A completely new 2003 2nd edition
Your Start-up, by Swanson and Baird is now available.
http://firstonline.com/eysu is a shortcut to the
related page at Amazon.com, or buy from our
is a flyer describing EYSU2.
The entire book was previously
at eysu.org. While
those chapters have been removed, you can still find several
sample chapters at PPI, and see these related
PowerPoint presentations of
interest. We work with
only one or two clients at any point in time in order to adequately focus on
"home run candidates."
Past and Present Clients:
© 1994-2012 First Online, previously First
Online, Inc. First Online and Los Altos Incubator are trademarks of First Online
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