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Stephan Paternot

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Stephan Paternot is a film producer, author, and IT entrepreneur, mostly known as the founder of, one of the first social networks.

While still a junior at Cornell, in 1994 he co-founded one of the first Internet social network sites, By age 24, Paternot set stock market history when he successfully took public with a record setting IPO pushing his company valuation to over $1 Billion. In his six years as CEO of, he raised nearly $200 million in capital, and the enterprise grew to over 300 employees.'s stock price collapsed in 1999 and the company ceased operations in 2008.

He published an autobiography, "A Very Public Offering: A Rebel's Story of Business Excess, Success, and Reckoning".

NOTE: Bio updated on June 14, 2011.