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Now we are ten

The eagle-eyed among you may have noticed that Finextra's sporting a proud new logo.

That's right. we're celebrating our tenth birthday later this year and we thought we'd mark the occasion by commissioning a special commemorative logo.

Truth be told, Finextra's tenth anniversary goes back a little further than 2010. About eighteen months earlier to be precise, when we initially spec'd out and commenced the build for what was to become the financial technology industry's first-ever Web-based publishing service.

By 16 June 2000 our new purpose-built content management system was good-to-go and we flagged up our first live news item - a $35 million investment by Reuters in Pedestal, an Internet-based secondary mortgage marketplace operator.

A year later, Pedestal had burned through $60 million in investor funding and was looking to sell off its assets as the dot com boom finally ran out of steam.

Ten years on and 30,000 new stories later, we're about to emerge from another spectacular market crash, slightly frazzled but in a stronger position than ever before, with the online publishing model vindicated and our monthly page view total fast approaching the five million mark.

My own personal highlights over this ten-year odyssey are too numerous to mention. Suffice to say that when we pop the champagne corks on 16 June we won't be looking back, but instead looking ahead to the next ten years. 

I'll be back with a status update in 2020. Can't wait. It should be interesting reading.

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Comments: (4)

Elizabeth Lumley
Elizabeth Lumley - Girl, Disrupted - Crayford 19 April, 2010, 15:31Be the first to give this comment the thumbs up 0 likes

Ah, I remember when Finextra launched. A bunch of us FinTech journos had a meeting in a pub to discuss the new 'threat'.

How time flies. Now I am in the belly of the beast - the biggest disadvantage to working at Finextra is that now I can't check in with the website to "let's see what Finextra put up this morning"

We are lean, not-so-mean, but built for speed.

 

A Finextra member
A Finextra member 19 April, 2010, 15:31Be the first to give this comment the thumbs up 0 likes

Follow the link to a scraping of the finextra website taken in February 2001:

 

http://web.archive.org/web/20010202064500/https://www.finextra.com/

John Dring
John Dring - Intel Network Services - Swindon 19 April, 2010, 17:39Be the first to give this comment the thumbs up 0 likes

Just look at all the companies that have gone, merged, been acquired etc from the front page alone.  Change is the only true constant.

Even my old company is mentioned on that front page - and they were just acquired after a 'good' innings of 10+ years in the fray.

Paul Penrose
Paul Penrose - Finextra - London 20 April, 2010, 13:54Be the first to give this comment the thumbs up 0 likes

Well, we've just had our Web stats report for March and guess what...we broke the five million barrier, turning in 5.9 million page views from 110,000 unique visitors worldwide in this month alone.

Now, where did I put that corkscrew?