Happy B’Day Sky Dayton: The Sky is No Limit for Your Perception

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Necessity is the mother of invention”, these lines portray the evolution of mother earth and similarly the human life from nomadic state to a modern day technical creature. Likewise, EarthLink Holsing Corp. (NASDAQ: EarthLink), the internet service provider, came into existence when a 23 year old youngster encountered internet for the first time and learnt its importance. After a futile endeavor of 80 hours frustrated Sky Dylan Dayton perceived the necessity of a ubiquitous network aiding to connect the growing populace. This provoked the youngster to co-find a new internet service provider EarthLink along with Reed Slatkin in 1994.

Date of Birth: August 8, 1971

Net Worth: $250 Million


Though hailing from an artistic background his father was being a sculptor and mother being a poet and dancer he developed the technical knowhow at the young age of 9 years when he got his first computer Timex Sinclair from his grandfather and learnt programming. On the occasion of his 44th birthday here is a collection of some interesting yet less known facts about the visionary and his path to success.

1. As a toddler Sky Dayton created aeronautically inspired mural by virtue of his birth into the family of artists. Dayton also aspired to be an animator in one of his internships he aided creating an Elephant Man skeleton video for a Michael Jackson’s song “Leave Me Alone.”

2. Sky Dayton soon after his high school applied for the prestigious California Institute for the Arts but got rejected and later he forgone the college education owing to his passion and interest to take up business. To get into the graphics department of a Burbank, California, an advertising firm he misinformed about his computer skills and it was his first job. Soon his skills helped him rose to the position of head of the department within three months. He left the company to take up his childhood dream project of candy shop the “Café Mocha.”

3. In the early age of 19 years Dayton along with his friend raising $20,000 investment through family and friends to start a coffee house called Mocha gallery in Los Angeles that clubbed the art business also. Later it was called Café Mocha to appease the health inspector who initially opposed opening of the full fledged restaurant in the location and later he gave up the art business completely and transformed into a coffee house.

4. His urge of being a part of entertainment industry persisted and he co-founded Dayton/Walker Design a Studio city in 1993 and succeeded in possessing some big clients like Disney, Sony Pictures, Fox Television, Warner Brothers, and Columbia Pictures. Soon he was exposed to internet and realizing the potential of the platform he created a GUI (Graphical User Interface) internet navigator to help common people to access internet.


5. Dayton was starred as everyday frustrated customer of World Wide Web in the early years of 1990s when it was initiated. Soon he came up with the business plan for EarthLink to overcome the difficulty in accessing the internet. EarthLink serve as a new medium and propelled internet to enhance its reach to millions of customers at once. Initially, when he came up with the service it was difficult to find customers as none of the internet giants Amazon, eBay, Yahoo did not exist. All these great things done using internet remained in the heads of entrepreneurs he told in January 2002. Also, he founded the new wireless internet services Boingo Wireless in December 2001 and he connoted the term “Boingo” to usage of internet whenever you need and from wherever you are. EarthLink overcame the early glitches to establish itself as a company with market cap of $826.25 Million.

6. As an active investor he had to his account 6 investments in 6 companies. Apart from Boingo Wireless service and EarthLink he sits on multiple boards including Artsy Inc and Diffbot.

The internet is going to go from the wires, the ground, the poles, into the air. The internet is going to be as ubiquitous as oxygen,” told Sky Dayton and apparently it followed today as the world is transforming into a global village. On his birthday event we wish you healthy, successful and technical years to come.

The article is a part of the B’day Series where we celebrate the birthday of renowned personalities from across Industries, very frequently. The series includes Entrepreneurs, C-level Executives, innovators or a renewed leaders who moved the industry with his exponential skill set and vision. The intent is to highlight the person’s achievements and touch base the little known, but interesting, part of his life. You can see the list of all earlier celebrated tech personalities, including Mark Zuckerberg, Marrisa Mayor, Sean Parker, Andy Rubin, Julian Assange, by following this link or subscribe to your daily newsletter.

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