In 1993 I published a proposal for a digital interactive multimedia environment. Some of the elements I proposed then refer to residential and building standards that involve network based controls and management of electrical and digital devices. My goal was to raise interest and investment in a public network of government services, financial services and electrical appliances control and monitoring services in major Canadian cities using an electronic highway. 

On August 8, 1995 an important piece of the puzzle was introduced to the world by Marc Andreessen  and computer scientist and Silicon Valley investor Jim Clark.  The historic significance of Netscape server and browser applications and Tim Berners-Lee earlier development of Uniform Resource Locators (URLs) and the Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTP) were not as well understood as they are today. Before 1995 there were very few people with emails. In 2011 one market analyst suggested there are 3.1 billion email accounts.

NETSCAPE’s initial public offering was issued by Morgan Stanley and Hambrecht & Quist. The IPO was for 5,000,000 shares at $28.00 a piece.  The stock first traded August 9, 1995 and closed that day at $58.25 per share. I still have the original Netscape Communications Corporation prospectus.