Wikipedia’s forgotten founder, Larry Sanger

No one needs an introduction to Wikipedia. It’s the 6th-most visited site worldwide, and 7th in the U.S. But when it comes to the company’s origin, the first name on your lips is probably not Larry Sanger. Larry was hired by Jimmy Wales to edit his online encyclopedia, then called Nupedia in 2000. Sanger developed the site’s ethos, started building the community — and crucially — adopted a little-known editing system that allowed for numerous contributors. Though rarely, if ever, recognized by Wales, it was Sanger who put the ‘wiki’ in Wikipedia. He coined the name, too. Today on the show, the little-known history of one of the most important innovations of our lifetimes. I sat down with Wikipedia cofounder Larry Sanger. Plus we talk about how if the site had stayed for-profit, Wales would have been richer than Larry Page.

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