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  2. William von Meister - Wikipedia

    William F. von Meister (February 21, 1942 – May 18, 1995) was an American entrepreneur who founded and participated in a number of startup ventures in the Washington, D.C., area. These included The Source, an early online service and CompuServe competitor, and Control Video Corporation, a predecessor company to AOL .

  3. What happened to AOL? Here's the fascinating story behind ...

    In 1983, Control Video Corporation (CVC) was born, the brainchild of William Von Meister who, out all things, was a Count. (No really, google it). CVC only had one product: GameLine, and it was visionary. An online game rental service for the Atari 2600 that allowed users to temporarily download games and keep track of high scores.

  4. Streaming Games to Your TV Actually Started in the '80s

    A squad of former GameLine talent—including Steve Case, Jim Kinsey, Marc Seriff, and founder William von Meister—spun up Quantum Computer Services in 1985 and entered an agreement to provide a ...

  5. Hooked on Startups, He Invented Infocast - Radio World

    Von Meister found a backer in a British company, Cable & Wireless, which was looking for an entry into the lucrative North American business telephone market. The deal closed with von Meister drawing $70,000 per year to run TDX/Telemax. Within months, von Meister was eyeing two new businesses while neglecting TDX.

  6. AOL is a web portal and online service provider founded in 1983 by Marc Seriff, Steve Case, Jim Kimsey, and William von Meister. AOL was one of the largest media companies of the early internet, dominating email, internet connectivity, online news, and chat. At one point, it had a market capitalization exceeding $200 billion.

  7. History of AOL | History of Branding

    History of AOL. AOL began as Quantum Computer Services which was founded by William von Meister. Its sole product was an online service called Gameline for the Atari 2600 video game console after von Meister’s idea of buying music on demand was rejected by Warner Brothers. Subscribers bought a modem from the company for $49.95 and paid a one-time $15 setup fee.

  8. Karl Wilhelm von Meister - Wikipedia

    In 1930, Meister represented the Weimar Republic as a delegate to the League of Nations in Geneva. Marriage and issue. Meister married Adele Jordan de Rouville on 31 October 1892, and had two children. Following the death of his first wife on 22 June 1897, Meister married Leila Trapmann on 18 January 1900 at St Peter's Church in London. The couple had two children.