Robert Davis M’85
The first employee of Lycos Inc. in 1995 and served as president and chief executive officer until its $12.5 billion merger into Terra Networks.
After the merger, Davis served as the CEO of Terra Lycos until leaving in 2001 to join Highland Capital, an early-stage venture capital firm.
During his tenure at Lycos he completed the fastest IPO in NASDAQ history and through a string of joint ventures and over two dozen acquisitions or investments, transformed the company from an Internet search engine with just $2 million in funding into one of the most powerful Internet hubs and media companies worldwide with an audience of over 90 million people in an industry leading 41 countries.
Davis is a frequent lecturer on the Internet, having addressed numerous groups, including the US Council on Foreign Relations, the United Nations, and the United States Congress. He served as a member of then President George Herbert Walker Bush’s technology advisory committee, and advised then President Clinton on matters relating to Internet regulation. He is also the author of Speed is Life, a Random House/Doubleday book providing a guide to managing a business in the 21st century.