Curtis Brown, AOL chief technology officer
When many people first began using the Web, they were using AOL.com.
The online pioneer was there when we were all just sticking our toes in the waters of the Web.
Curtis Brown, AOL's chief technology officer, said the Web was a critical advance that gave life to the company.
"In the early days, AOL helped people get online, which was a challenge given the technology's infancy,” he said. “Bandwidth constraints, too, didn't allow for rich experiences with content or applications. Fast forward to today where… navigating and leveraging the power of the Web is what's valuable for people and for advertisers. The Web's evolution has allowed AOL to build platforms that have transformed us into a successful digital media company.”